Marines on the Boxer

Marines from the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (13th MEU), embarked aboard USS Boxer (LHD 4), perform weapons training drills on the flight deck. Boxer is conducting training exercises in the Pacific Ocean preparing for a deployment scheduled for early next year. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Daniel Barker/Released)

Marines from the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (13th MEU), embarked aboard USS Boxer (LHD 4), perform weapons training drills on the flight deck. Boxer is conducting training exercises in the Pacific Ocean preparing for a deployment scheduled for early next year. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Daniel Barker/Released)

Note that the two on the right have M4 carbines instead of M16 rifles. Last year the Marines announced that staff sergeant through Lt. Colonel would be issued M4s instead of M9 potato shooters pistols. The M16A4 is the standard Marine rifle.

Obviously, the Marines are as serious as ever when it comes to firepower. Even chaplains are getting trigger time on the M240.

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