The four-star general addressed his top four priorities, the war in Afghanistan ranking number one.Sigh. I guess in 2010 this is about the best we can do. I think I will give him a pass.
"It's more important to me than anything else," Amos said.
The Marine Corps will remain relevant and "respond to today's crisis, today, with today's force," Amos said.
Other priorities include rebalancing the corps and designing it for a post-Afghanistan environment. With about 202,000 Marines today, Amos said he expects that number to shrink when the corps come out of Afghanistan.
He also wants to improve Marine education and training and "keep faith" with -- or take care of -- active duty Marines, veterans and their families.
Greater diversity throughout the corps falls under that goal, Amos said.
Right now recruiting is "the best it's every been" in terms of quality, but Amos said he wants the face of the Marine corps to better reflect the American population.
"We've not done a good job of recruiting diversity in the Marine Corps, and I'm going to change that," Amos said. "And by the way, I'm going to change it by not lowering standards. I'm going to change it by not having quotas. ... I don't know how we're going to do it, but I've got smart Marines who are going to help me figure it out."
It is important to remember that during the deepest depths of the Commissariat - even the greatest dreamers of a free nation would greet each other with "Comrade."
Becomes a verbal habit to avoid trouble.
At least he has his number 1 priority right.
Then again - the question must be asked; so Gen. Amos, are you going to recruit FEWER Hispanics now?Tricky business this sectarian, rife with fraud business is.