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Japan, U.S. confirm plan to relocate Osprey training out of Okinawa

Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera and Gen. James Amos, commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, confirmed a plan on Tuesday to relocate training involving the Marines' MV-22 Osprey aircraft from Okinawa Prefecture to other parts of the country, Japanese officials said. During a meeting in Tokyo, Onodera called for the Marines' cooperation in advancing the planned training relocation, which is aimed at alleviating the base-hosting burden on the people of Okinawa. Amos replied that the Marines are willing to assist, the officials said.

U.S. Marine shot dead at North Carolina base

(Reuters) - A U.S. Marine was killed at a military base in North Carolina on Tuesday when a sentry's rifle discharged, a base spokesman said, without specifying whether the shooting was intentional. The incident took place at around 5:30 p.m. at the main gate of the Camp Lejeune base. One sentry discharged an M4 rifle, killing a second sentry in the guard shack with a single shot to the chest, Marine Captain Joshua Smith said.

US to send more Marines to Australia

The United States will send 1,150 Marines to Australia in April, bolstering the roughly 200-member force already in Darwin, officers said Monday. The reinforcements are part of a planned deployment of up to 2,500 US Marines in Australia by 2016-2017, as Washington pursues a strategic "rebalance" to the Asia-Pacific. Most of the Marines will come from the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment at Camp Pendleton in California and are "expected to arrive in Australia in early April," the Marine Corps said in a statement.

US to send more Marines to Australia

The United States will send 1,150 Marines to Australia in April, bolstering the roughly 200-member force already in Darwin, officers said Monday. The reinforcements are part of a planned deployment of up to 2,500 US Marines in Australia by 2016-2017, as Washington pursues a strategic "rebalance" to the Asia-Pacific. Most of the Marines will come from the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment at Camp Pendleton in California and are "expected to arrive in Australia in early April," the Marine Corps said in a statement.

Spain agrees to larger US Marine 'crisis' team at base

Spain has approved plans to host an expanded US Marine Corps force that is designed to respond to crises in Africa and rescue American diplomats in emergencies, officers said Monday. The "crisis response" task force was created in the aftermath of the 2012 deadly attack on a US diplomatic post in the Libyan city of Benghazi, which left four Americans dead. Under the agreement with Madrid, the US military presence at Moron air base will increase to 850 Marines, along with additional aircraft, Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steven Warren told reporters.

It's not an order! US Marines get to wear 'sleeves up'

Rank-and-file US Marines will be able to show off their forearms once more after the commandant backed down from a deeply unpopular rule that banned troops from rolling up the sleeves of their combat fatigues. The two-year-old regulation has been the subject of endless complaining from Marines, who for years bared their arms in their camouflage uniform, mainly as a way of distinguishing themselves as a "breed apart" from other branches of the military.

Marines back off pull-up requirement for women after many fail

By Elizabeth Dilts (Reuters) - After more than half of last year's female Marine recruits were unable to do at least three pull-ups, the Corps announced it will delay the new requirement for women to graduate boot camp.

Female US Marines spared pullups -- for now

The US Marine Corps has delayed a physical fitness requirement for women after more than half of female troops at boot camp couldn't do three pullups, officers said Thursday. The pullup rule was supposed to go into effect with the new year but has been postponed indefinitely as commanders were concerned about losing female Marines and prospective recruits, officers said.

SDF to acquire 17 Osprey aircraft over 5 yrs from FY 2014

Japan's Self-Defense Forces will acquire 17 of the U.S. military's controversial Osprey tilt-rotor transport aircraft over five years from next April, a source close to the issue said Friday. Japan will also purchase three surveillance drones and 52 amphibious vehicles to enhance its capability to defend remote islands, the source said.

First women complete US Marine infantry course

Three women graduate Thursday for the first time from the US Marine Corps' grueling infantry training course, as the military prepares to send female recruits into ground combat. Out of 15 who started the pilot program, three women completed a 59-day course that includes training on firing ranges and long treks in the woods with heavy gear, according to Marine Corps officers. "They have done a great service to the Marine Corps," Captain Richard Ulsh told AFP.
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