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2017 CMC MESSAGE TO THE FORCE - SEIZE THE INITIATIVE

Date Signed: 2/8/2017
ALMARS Number: 004/17

071940Z FEB 17
ALMAR 004/17
MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON DC DMCS//
SUBJ/2017 CMC MESSAGE TO THE FORCE - SEIZE THE INITIATIVE//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1.  My guidance to the Marine Corps for 2017 has been released and can be found at www.marines.mil(slash)cmc (http:(slash)(slash)www.marines.mil(slash)cmc).  I wanted to  provide my thoughts to all of you on what we accomplished in 2016, and ensure we are focused on where we need to go in 2017.  I need everyone to read and discuss this guidance.  Regardless of rank, we must all be engaged in the process of making our Marine Corps better – every day.
2.  I have also given a detailed task list to our Deputy Commandants and senior leaders in order to support you.  These tasks provide the foundation to improve our Corps across our five focus areas:  People, Readiness, Training, Naval Integration, and Modernization.
3.  I expect leaders to conduct professional discussions about this guidance and the task list at the unit level.  Encourage questions  and candid feedback from Marines and Sailors.  If everyone is  engaged and understands the guidance, we can achieve unity of effort as a team.
4.  Semper Fidelis, Robert B. Neller, General, U.S. Marine Corps, Commandant of the Marine Corps.//