The United States Marine Corps is realigning its strategy and warfighting capabilities. The future enemy is changing and the battle environment is shifting. The Marines are responding to this change by disbanding or shrinking some units and Military Occupational Specialties (MOS). One group, in particular, that is facing this abrupt change is the tank community, according to a recent report by Stars and Stripes.
This past Spring, Marine Commandant Gen. David Berger made the announcement that the M1A1 Abrams tank and M1150 Assault Breacher Vehicle would be going away. This is in accordance with the Marine Corps’ 10-year restructuring plan. The plan aims to make the Marines more agile and mobile. Ultimately, the restructuring’s goal is to turn the Marines into an elite expeditionary amphibious assault force.
Marines assigned to the four tanker-related jobs are being given the option to request another MOS within the Marines, to transfer branches, receive an early separation, or retire early, if they have 15 years of service.
In a statement last week, Col. Christopher Escamilla, Branch Head for Marine Corps Plans, Programs and Budget, said, “As we implement Force Design to modernize the force for naval expeditionary warfare, we will begin a surgical reduction in personnel and realignment of specific capabilities and units.”