Gen Neller Wants Marines To Lay Off The Sauce In 2017

Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Robert B. Neller stands at ease while filming a video at the Marine Corps War Memorial, Arlington, Va., Feb. 3, 2017.
Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Samantha K. Braun

Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller has a list of resolutions for his Marines in 2017: “We need to drink less, read more, and PT smarter.”

As for reading, they could start by reading his memo. (It's easy, guys. Just sound it out…) And PT? Well, we all know that Marines are the fittest branch already. But according to Neller, what everyone really, really needs to do is cut back on the boozing.

On Feb. 7, Neller released a list of the Corps’ 25 top tasks for 2017, along with a message outlining the areas where the service needs to improve. Titled “Seize the Initiative,” the memo is meant to serve as a guide for Marines, but it also stresses Neller’s plan to cut down on alcohol abuse and physical training injuries within the Corps.

In an interview with Marine Corps Times, Neller took a hard stance on the hard stuff.

“Alcohol – if it’s not respected and managed – it takes Marines into a bad place, whether it’s domestic abuse, sexual assault, suicide, hazing, DUI, or just general jackassery,” he said. “Normally the story starts … ‘Well, we were drinking tequila, you know,’ and the story kind of goes downhill from there.”

Neller goes on to say that he recognizes that drinking is a part of military culture, but he is concerned that many don’t realize how detrimental it can be to get drunk.

“If you believe that alcohol fuels a lot of this unacceptable, illegal, unauthorized behavior that causes people to not make good decisions, that’s kind of why I’m focusing on alcohol,” he said.

We’ll drink to that.

T-38 Talon training aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Two airmen from Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma, were killed on Thursday when two T-38 Talon training aircraft crashed during training mission, according to a message posted on the base's Facebook age.

The two airmen's names are being withheld pending next of kin notification.

A total of four airmen were onboard the aircraft at the time of the incident, base officials had previously announced.

The medical conditions for the other two people involved in the crash was not immediately known.

An investigation will be launched to determine the cause of the crash.

Emergency responders from Vance Air Force Base are at the crash scene to treat casualties and help with recovery efforts.

Read the entire message below:

VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. – Two Vance Air Force Base Airmen were killed in an aircraft mishap at approximately 9:10 a.m. today.

At the time of the accident, the aircraft were performing a training mission.

Vance emergency response personnel are on scene to treat casualties and assist in recovery efforts.

Names of the deceased will be withheld pending next of kin notification.

A safety investigation team will investigate the incident.

Additional details will be provided as information becomes available. #VanceUpdates.

This is a breaking news story. It will be updated as more information is released.

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