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The Marine Corps wants to know what Marines think of their boots.

A new survey on the Marine Corps Systems Command Web site asks Marines to comment on any weaknesses of the hot and temperate weather infantry combat boot, a recent Corpswide message says.

“Program Manager, Infantry Combat Equipment is particularly concerned with boot sole separation, stitching, durability and comfort issues,” the message says.

The survey is available at:

All personal data collected will be kept confidential, according to the Marine Corps Administrative Message (MARADMIN).

For more information, go to MARADMIN 492/07 at:

Units downrange not having retention troubleUnits downrange are having little trouble meeting their retention and re-enlistment goals, officials said Thursday.

According to Multi-National Corps—Iraq officials, the fiscal year 2007 goal for Army re-enlistments in Iraq was met on Aug. 15, six weeks ahead of schedule.

In fact, officials said, 18,721 re-enlistments had been recorded, while the goal was 16,510 theater-wide. That figure included 5,945 “mid-career” re-enlistments, officials said.

“Meeting and exceeding re-enlistment goals is a powerful message about the commitment of today’s force and how our soldiers feel about the Army and their mission,” Lt. Gen. Ray Odierno, commander of Multi-National Corps—Iraq, was quoted as saying.


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