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The stars and service ribbons of U.S. Marine Corps General James Mattis are seen before he testifies at the Senate Armed Services Committee in Washington, March 5, 2013. (REUTERS/Gary Cameron)

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New Research from Brookings’s Military and Intelligence Fellows

August 4, 2014, Fred Dews and Brendan Orino

Today, the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence (21CSI) published the third in its 2014 series of Federal Executive Fellows (FEF) Policy Papers, "Rethinking Marine Corps Officer Promotion and Retention." Col. Aaron Marx (ret.), who has spent 10 months in residence with 21CSI and Foreign Policy at Brookings, writes that “officers are leaving the service prematurely” because of the Marine Corps’ selection, promotion, and retention system. This paper is one of three released recently by the center.

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