New Commandant issues his priorities for the Corps

story by: Gina Cavallaro
photo courtesy of: Lance Cpl. James B. Purschwitz
Gen. Jim Amos issued his first major communiqué as commandant Wednesday, a sweeping set of tasks that target areas of the institution for improvement, consolidation and efficiency, and direct an increase in personal and professional development opportunities for individual Marines.
The 20-page document, titled “Commandant’s Planning Guidance,” spells out more than 20 directives and sets due dates for completion within the next six months, some as early as December. Amos, who took command of the Corps less than a week ago, wants his two- and three-star commands to address specific issues according to four overarching priorities, chief among which are ongoing operations in Afghanistan where more than 20,000 Marines are currently deployed.
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