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Commandant of the Marine Corps questioned about recruits being able to skip boot camp

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The commandant of the US Marine Corps is reportedly considering backtracking on the notion that some Marines in specialty roles could potentially skip boot camp.

The controversial move was originally designed to allow specialty roles -such as the President’s Own band and tech fields- to bypass Marine Corps training due to their unique skills.

Needless to say, Marines and veterans alike weren’t pleased with the concept, as the Eagle, Globe and Anchor emblem is an item that is earned, not given.

However, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. David Berger addressed his Talent Management plan, which was revealed late last year.

“We haven’t said one way or the other,” Berger told reporters on May 5. “We haven’t found the person yet. And when we find the person, we’ll go from there.”

Additionally, Marine Corps spokesman Ryan Bruce stated that the controversial decision will eventually have to be made.

“The final decision will be made after careful consideration by HQMC [Headquarters Marine Corps],” Bruce told Task & Purpose. “As of the moment, there is no current path for Marines to skip entry-level training outside of the President’s Own.”

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