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Marines to reduce the size of enlisted force to make room for more officers

U.S. Marine Corps 2nd Lieutenant Daniel Vavrik, an unmanned aircraft system commander, temporarily assigned to Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron (VMU) 1, performs Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (MCMAP) techniques during his gray belt evaluation test at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Yuma, Ariz., July 23, 2019. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Sabrina Candiaflores)

Over two thousand active-duty Marines in the enlisted corps may soon be looking for another line of work,as the USMC looks for ways to add more officers without breaking the bank.

Around 2,258 enlisted Marines would be forced out to make room for 158 officers, making the loss to gain ratio around 14 enlisted personnel cut for every officer added.

After the cuts, the USMC would be left with around 184,100 Marines in active service.

According to the Marine Corps Times, the Corps would effectively go back to 2016 in terms of manpower, albeit a slight bump in numbers.

The budget reports claim the changes would bring about a “more experienced, better trained and more capable force.”

The Corps has been undergoing changes in order to shift back to their roots as a seagoing reactionary force, and are trying to move away from Middle Eastern counterinsurgency strategy in favor of preparation for near-peer conflicts, such as war with Russia or China.

Tanks and artillery will also be targeted for downsizing, as the two assets are difficult to airlift.

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