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  • 28 Mar 2015 7:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Today, the Department of Defense released the Quarterly Suicide Report (QSR) for the third quarter of calendar year 2014.

    The QSR is intended to communicate the department's suicide data on a routine basis. The report summarizes suicide counts for all services and components during the months of July through September of 2014. There were 56 suicides among service members in the active component, 20 suicides among service members in the reserves, and 26 suicides among service members in the National Guard.

    The report also includes the annual suicide counts for calendar years 2012 and 2013. The QSR is available here. Additional information is available on the Defense Suicide Prevention Office website at

    Service members and their families who need support can reach out to the Military Crisis Line, which offers free and confidential support for those in crisis. The Military Crisis Line is staffed by caring, qualified responders from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, many who have served in the military themselves. Support is available through the crisis line phone number, online chat, and text-messaging services for all service members (active, National Guard and reserves) and veterans 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year by visiting the Military Crisis Line website at; Online Chat at:; sending a text to: 838255 or calling toll free at: 1-800-273-8255, Press 1.

  • 01 Mar 2015 9:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    JPMorgan Chase Cyber Security manages and directs the design and implementation of the firm’s security programs focused on cyber threat monitoring, response, investigation and analytics across the organization. Core services center on assuring the security of the computing environment, protect customer and employee confidential information and complying with global regulatory requirements.

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  • 06 Jan 2015 8:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    2015 Hiring/Recruitment Opportunities for Vetted Employers on MCB Camp Pendleton Mini Career Fairs- held during the Transition Readiness Seminar (TRS).

    January 22, 2015             Transition Resource Fair (Veteran                                                         Service Organizations and support                                                       resources only)

    February 12, 2015           HR Corner- Professional Résumé Review

    February 26, 2015           U.S. Chamber of Commerce-Hiring Our                                                 Heroes-Military Spouse Hiring Event

    March 26, 2015               Marine & Family Programs-Career &                                                     Education Expo

    April 30, 2015                  HR Corner- Professional Résumé Review

    May 28, 2015                   Law Enforcement & Public Safety Hiring Event

    July 15, 2015                   Hiring Heroes Career Fair- (Wounded, Ill &                                            Injured, Transitioning, and Family Members)

    August 13, 2015               HR Corner- Professional Résumé Review

    September 16-17, 2015     Camp Pendleton Jobs Summit (2 days) –                                               Hiring Our Heroes

    October 8-9, 2015              Military Women in Transition Career                                                     Symposium & Resource Fair

    November 10, 2015           HR Corner- Professional Résumé Review &                                             LinkedIn Seminar

  • 06 Dec 2014 7:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Over the next 30 years, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) are likely to remain volatile areas, with high potential for tension and some violent conflict, reports United Kingdom Rear Admiral John Kingwell, Director, Concepts and Doctrine.

  • 11 Oct 2014 3:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Navy will commission its newest amphibious assault ship, USS America (LHA 6), during a 1 p.m. EDT ceremony Saturday, October 11, 2014, in San Francisco, California.

    Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus will deliver the ceremony's principal address. Mrs. Lynne Pace, wife of retired U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Peter Pace, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is serving as the ship's sponsor. In a time-honored Navy tradition, she will give the order to "man our ship and bring her to life."

     "This ship, forged in America, with components and systems manufactured all across America, shall remind us of the long and historic links between our communities and our Navy and Marine Corps," Secretary Mabus said. "Having a ship named America, sailing the world's oceans, always present in defense of our freedoms and ready to respond is yet another extension of our American spirit."

    USS America is the first ship of its class, replacing the Tarawa class of amphibious assault ships. As the next generation "big-deck" amphibious ship, LHA 6 is optimized for aviation, and will be capable of supporting current and future aircraft such as the tilt-rotor MV-22 Osprey and F-35B Lightning II. The ship is equipped with a fuel efficient hybrid electric propulsion system, the same built for USS Makin Island (LHD 8), which is an energy initiative designed to give the ship the benefit of increased range, endurance and time on station enhancing USS America's combat capability. It also provides greater flexibility with regards to scheduling refueling and reduced maintenance costs.

    LHA 6 provides a flexible, multi-mission platform with capabilities that span the range of military operations -- from forward deployed crisis response to forcible entry operations. The ship also provides forward presence and power projection as an integral part of joint, interagency and multinational maritime expeditionary forces.

    USS America will operate for sustained periods in transit to, and operations in, an amphibious objective area to include: embarking, transporting, controlling, inserting, sustaining and extracting elements of a Marine Air-Ground Task Force, and supporting forces by helicopters and tilt rotors supported by F-35Bs.

    The ship includes additional aviation spaces and will have an increased aviation capacity: enlarged hangar deck, realignment and expansion of the aviation maintenance facilities, a significant increase in available stowage for parts and support equipment, and increased aviation fuel capacity. USS America, as well as the second ship of the class, the future USS Tripoli (LHA 7), will not include a well deck.

    Capt. Robert A. Hall Jr. of Billerica, Mass., is the ship's commanding officer and will lead a crew of 1,200 sailors and nearly 1,900 embarked Marines. The 44,971-ton ship is 844 feet in length, has an overall beam of 106 feet, and a navigational draft of 26 feet.

    Since the American Revolution, three U.S. Navy warships have sailed with the name America. The first America was originally a racing schooner launched in 1851 and taken into Confederate naval service in 1861 before being captured and taken into the U.S. Navy service in 1862. She served in the U.S. Navy until 1873 before returning to civilian life racing and cruising. In 1921 she was presented to the Navy for preservation as a relic and remained at the U.S. Naval Academy until being scrapped in 1945. The second America transported troops during World War I. The third ship to bear the name was a Kitty-Hawk class aircraft carrier that supported operations from the Vietnam War through Operation Desert Storm. USS America will be the fourth U.S. Navy ship to bear this name.
  • 11 Oct 2014 3:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Each year the MCRPB solicits issues for consideration as issues from the field are vital to the success of the board and will help shape the Marine Corps Reserve for the future. This year the MCRA established a committee to solicit input from the membership for the MCRPB.

    The three issues submitted for consideration by the board were:

    1. Reserve Warrant Officer Basic Course

    2. Use of 12304 (b) activation authority

    3. Use of the RSUs at Pendleton and Lejeune

    Select each issue for a full briefing.

    Each year the MCRPB solicits issues for consideration as issues from the field are vital to the success of the board and will help shape the Marine Corps Reserve for the future. This year the MCRA established a committee to solicit input from the membership for the MCRPB.

    The three issues submitted for consideration by the board were:

    1. Reserve Warrant Officer Basic Course

    2. Use of 12304 (b) activation authority

    3. Use of the RSUs at Pendleton and Lejeune

    Select each issue for a full briefing.

  • 23 Sep 2014 7:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    DoD Announces Recruiting and Retention Numbers for Fiscal 2015, Through November 2014 

    The Department of Defense announced today recruiting and retention statistics for the active and reserve components for fiscal 2015, through November 2014.

    Active Component:  Recruiting. All four active services met or exceeded their numerical accession goals for fiscal 2015, through November.

    • Army – 10,036 accessions, with a goal of 9,880; 101.6%
    • Navy – 5,079 accessions, with a goal of 5,079; 100.0%
    • Marine Corps – 4,126 accessions, with a goal of 4,123; 100.1%
    • Air Force – 3,177 accessions, with a goal of 3,177; 100.0%
    • Retention. The Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps exhibited strong retention numbers for the second month of fiscal 2014.

    Reserve Component:  Recruiting. Five of the six reserve components met or exceeded their fiscal-year-to-date 2015 numerical accession goals through November 2014. Five of the six reserve components also met or exceeded the DoD quality benchmarks.

    • Army National Guard – 7,305 accessions, with a goal of 8,128; 89.9%.
    • Army Reserve – 5,024 accessions, with a goal of 4,667; 107.6%.
    • Navy Reserve – 994 accessions, with a goal of 994; 100.0%.
    • Marine Corps Reserve – 1,341 accessions, with a goal of 1,254; 106.9%.
    • Air National Guard – 1,346 accessions, with a goal of 1,346; 100.0%.
    • Air Force Reserve – 1,179 accessions, with a goal of 1,179; 100.0%.
    • Attrition – Each of the six reserve components met their attrition goals or were within the allowed variance. Current trends are expected to continue. (This indicator lags due to data availability.)

    Detailed information on specific recruiting data can be obtained by contacting the individual military recruiting commands at 502-626-0164 for Army, 210-565-4678 for Air Force, 703-784-9454 for Marine Corps, and 901-874-9048 for Navy. The reserve components can be reached at the following numbers: National Guard Bureau 703-607-2586, Army Reserve 910-570-8330, Air Force Reserve 703-697-1761, Navy Reserve 757-322-5652, and Marine Corps Reserve 504-678-6535.

  • 14 Sep 2014 7:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Marine Corps Junior ROTC AWARDEES

    Since 1982 the MCRA, in coordination with HQMC, has been honoring outstanding Marine Corps Junior ROTC units across America.  The purpose of the Marine Corps Junior ROTC program is "to prepare high school students for leadership roles while making them aware of their rights, responsibilities, and privileges as American citizens." The Marine Corps Junior ROTC program produces successful students and productive adults, while fostering a more constructive and disciplined learning environment.  We are proud to announce the 2014 OUTSTANDING Marine Junior ROTC units:

                    Senior Marine - LtCol Angel

                    Senior Marine - Maj Kelly

                    Senior Marine - CWO3 Kelley

                    Senior Marine - LtCol Blaydes

                    Senior Marine - SgtMaj Jernigan

                    Senior Marine - Col Mulcahy

    Congratulations to these outstanding units! If you live close to one of these units go by & congratulate them.  Just as important - congratulate these Senior Marines, without their leadership and guidance none of this would be possible!
  • 20 Aug 2014 8:14 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Marine administrative message 409/14 announces the fiscal year 2014 Selected Marine Corps Reserve Enlisted Retention Survey. This survey allows Reserve Marines the opportunity to communicate to senior leaders their views regarding their experience and possible future service in the Marine Corps Reserve. The SMCR has provided more than twelve years of sustained operational support to the total force in Iraq, Afghanistan and areas around the globe. This survey will provide valuable feedback to senior leaders regarding the key factors that influence Reserve component Marines' career decisions.

    Target demographics for the survey are SMCR first-term enlisted Marines from lance corporal to sergeant. Marines taking the survey on a computer without Common Access Card capability should select the non-CAC login when prompted to begin the survey.

    All SMCR Marines ranked lance corporal to sergeant are encouraged to complete the survey no later than Dec. 31, 2014. Maximum participation in the survey will ensure that senior leaders are provided the best possible information on what factors and incentives most influence continuation and retention behavior. Survey results will directly influence resource allocation, therefore increasing overall unit readiness.

    For more information, visit the Manpower and Reserve Affairs web site and search for the FY14 Drilling Reserve Retention Survey.

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