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Toxic leadership has been a topic in the military for some time now. The military hasn’t really made much progress in fixing the problem, but the Marine Corps seems willing to at least give it a shot. Recently, the Corps announced a pilot program to start giving re-enlisting Marines emotional intelligence, or EQ, tests. The idea is that testing for emotional intelligence might give them a chance to remove toxic leaders before they infect units as noncommissioned officers.

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Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.

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And no one knows that better than military service members and we have the pictures to prove it.

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Task & Purpose illustration by Matt Battaglia

In 2010, Marine Gen. James F. Amos became the first aviator to be appointed commandant of the Marine Corps, and he was never really accepted by rank-and-file Marines.

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A review of the Inspector General’s investigation into former Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James Amos provides new insight on the Marine leaders’ priorities following the 2011 Taliban urination scandal.

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U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Alejandro Pena

It’s become almost a trope that government is less efficient and more wasteful than the private sector. Sometimes that’s true and sometimes it’s not. What is true is that most government organizations lack, at least relative to private firms, economic incentives in daily management decisions, particularly in regards to how managers use labor.

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U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Gabriela Garcia

Not long ago, the Marine Corps finished cutting nearly 20,000 leathernecks by a combination of greater attrition, various exit incentives, and forcing some Marines out. The Marine Corps told thousands of Marines who wanted to stay that they just weren’t wanted anymore.

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