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Why leave the military?

Speaking of leaving the military, as we were yesterday, a former Marine offers one reason to get out: The culture of the private sector is more competitive.

U.S. Marines assigned to Force Reconnaissance Platoon, Maritime Raid Force, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), conduct military freefall parachute operations from UH-60 Black Hawks assigned to Alpha Company, 1-189th General Support Aviation Battalion (GSAB) from the Montana Army National Guard in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, Sept. 5, 2013. The 26th MEU is a Marine Air-Ground Task Force forward-deployed to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility aboard the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group serving as a sea-based, expeditionary crisis response force capable of conducting amphibious operations across the full range of military operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Christopher Q. Stone, 26th MEU Combat Camera/Released)
U.S. Marines assigned to Force Reconnaissance Platoon, Maritime Raid Force, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), conduct military freefall parachute operations from UH-60 Black Hawks assigned to Alpha Company, 1-189th General Support Aviation Battalion (GSAB) from the Montana Army National Guard in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, Sept. 5, 2013. The 26th MEU is a Marine Air-Ground Task Force forward-deployed to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility aboard the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group serving as a sea-based, expeditionary crisis response force capable of conducting amphibious operations across the full range of military operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Christopher Q. Stone, 26th MEU Combat Camera/Released)

 

Speaking of leaving the military, as we were yesterday, a former Marine offers one reason to get out: The culture of the private sector is more competitive.

Photo credit: Sgt. Christopher Q. Stone, 26th MEU Combat Camera/Defense Video and Imagery Distribution System

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. @tomricks1

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