(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Becky Cleveland)

The Marine Corps is offering up to $280,000 to certain pilots as it faces shortages in certain billets, Corps officials have announced.

"The aviation populations targeted are Captains (O-3s) and Majors (O-4s) within the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, F/A-18 Hornet, AV-8 Harrier, MV-22 Osprey, C-130 Hercules, UH-1 Huey, AH-1 Cobra, and CH-53 Stallion communities," Lt. Gen. Michael Rocco, deputy commandant for Manpower & Reserve Affairs, said in a statement.

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A new squadron of MV-22B Ospreys has been activated at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, marking the end of a modernization transition for Marine aviation and the return of a historic unit to active flight status.

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Within just 48 hours this week, four military aircraft crashed — unrelated incidents, but a cluster of disasters that is becoming depressingly familiar.

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Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Matthew Brown

Two American service members sustained minor injuries as a result of a U.S. military aircraft crash at a coalition base in Syria on Sept. 29, according to U.S. Central Command.

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Photo via DARPA

For years, the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency, aka DARPA, has sought to develop a vertical takeoff vehicle that combines the mobility and versatility of the standard helicopter with the range and top speed of a fixed-wing aircraft. Three years after selecting Aurora Flight Sciences to develop the first functional prototype in the VTOL Experimental Plane (VTOL X-Plane) program, DARPA may have found the aircraft of its dreams in the XV-24A:

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Screenshot from ad

You haven’t seen a Marine Corps ad like this before. The Marines have a new commercial, created by the iconic advertising agency that has long-represented the service — J. Walter Thompson has developed advertising for the Marines for nearly 70 years. The ad brings sculptures of Marines in battle to life, embracing the past legacy as the Corps moves into a pivotal new period.

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