U.S. Marine Special Operators on the ground in Iraq and Syria in the coalition's anti-ISIS fight have been getting into plenty of direct combat going back to at least January 2016, according to award citations obtained by Task & Purpose.
“Based on my year traveling through Africa, I have concluded that Marines are very popular training partners on the continent because they are Marines. They have a reputation for military efficiency and soldierly virtue, and they have many of the qualities that make them great foreign advisors, mentors, and liaisons. I have also concluded the primary deficiency Marines have in Africa is a lack of appropriate foreign language ability, and there are other organizations on the continent that conduct similar activities better: the French military and the Peace Corps.”
The Marine Corps has fired two commanders for problems within their units related to the treatment of women as the service continues to investigate dozens of Marines involved in a nude photo-sharing scandal, service leaders said Tuesday.