When Task & Purpose first broke the news that the Marine Forces Reserve had fired top chaplain, Navy Capt. Loften C. Thornton, the public story was that Thornton had been relieved of his duties “due to a loss of trust and confidence.”

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The chaplain for U.S. Marine Forces Reserve has been relieved of duties, Marine Corps officials confirmed to Task & Purpose on Tuesday.

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Are you considering joining the Marine Forces Reserve? Perhaps you're getting off active duty and you think the Reserve will make for a smoother transition into civilian life. That might be true, but MFR is currently facing a major recruitment problem and with good reason. And I, a Marine veteran and former reservist, want to make sure that you have full warning of the downfalls before you make the jump into the elite weekend-warriors.

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The Marine Forces Reserve can’t keep enough prior-service Marines to stay in to fill reserve billets for the first time in recent years, an unexpected recruiting failure that is rankling the service’s manpower bosses, Task & Purpose has learned.

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