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Marine Corps head tells NC troops of careful cuts


commandant of the Marine Corps is telling troops at a North
Carolina aviation base that force reductions will mean not every
Marine that wants to re-enlist will have that option.

Gen. James Amos had a standing-room audience as he addressed
Marines during a visit to Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point.
The Daily News of Jacksonville reported that Amos told Marines a
planned force reduction of 22,000 troops would begin with fewer
recruits as force levels overseas are cut.

Amos says the reduced need for Marines will mean that only the
very best can compete for re-enlistment spots.

The top Marine promised he'll manage the force reduction
responsibly and won't cut 10,000 Marines in one year.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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