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David Berger’s Planning Guidance Puts Focus on Marine Corps’ Force Design

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Lt. Gen. David Berger

Gen. David Berger, the U.S. Marine Corps commandant, said in a recently released strategy that he is focused on updating force design to “modernize for the future,” Federal News Network reported Monday.

Berger wrote in the 38th Commandant’s Planning Guidance that the Marine Corps should avoid prioritizing mass over quality for its manpower model and that it must move away from legacy defense programs. He also noted that the Marine Corps is “entering a period of force transformation,” and that the service must be “prepared to make bold decisions” in a rapid manner to stay ahead of adversaries.

Other issues highlighted in the guidance include extending personnel leaves of absence and allowing Marines to remain in the service for more than 20 years to enable them to evolve their career interests.