Marines Ordered to ‘Save Every Round’ of Ammo While DHS Buys Up 1.6 Billion Rounds

Posted by on Mar 12, 2013 at 9:35 am

Maybe Obama and Napolitano ought to have the Department of Homeland Security give their fair share of ammunition to the people who really need it — our troops.

United States Marines are being told to preserve ammunition and gasoline as a deal softening the impact of automatic spending cuts continues to elude leaders in Washington. Marine Corps Commandant James Amos urged personnel in a video posted online Friday to “save every round, every gallon of gas,” and to “take every single aspect or opportunity in training to get the most bang for the buck,” a reminder of the cuts’ immediate effect on the U.S. military.

Obama gets a two-fer here: He can blame the Republicans for his sequester while weakening the military.

Maybe we need an ammo sharing program.

While the Marines are using ammunition parsimoniously, the Department of Homeland Security is acquiring it profligately having recently “issued an open purchase order for 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition.”

That’s a lot of bullets and one wonders if the assaulters at DHS could be persuaded to share with the Marines.  And, if not, then, as this Forbes piece asks, what does DHS need the ammunition for and why does it have money to buy bullets when the Marines do not?

Good questions. A shame nobody will answer them.

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7 Responses to “Marines Ordered to ‘Save Every Round’ of Ammo While DHS Buys Up 1.6 Billion Rounds”

  1. Rob Crawford on 12/12/13 at 1:30 pm

    Keep up on the story — the DHS numbers aren’t that big.

    Also, they ordered hollow points. The military cannot use hollow points.

  2. Vic Kelley on 12/12/13 at 1:31 pm

    The USMC Commandant is telling them to get more out of their training by conserving ammo and fuel. Is that right? How do you train just as good using less and less? They’re being asked to do the impossible. What’s next ending live ammo practice and switching to X-box or other simulated shooting?

  3. emperor bloomie on 12/12/13 at 1:49 pm

    Rob Crawford on 12/12/13 at 1:30 pm
    Keep up on the story — the DHS numbers aren’t that big.

    Also, they ordered hollow points. The military cannot use hollow points.

    Is any of this for training purposes? If so, why in Hell are they wasting hollow points? That’s more expensive and certainly isn’t needed. SOme indoor ranges don’t even allow it.

  4. Casey on 12/12/13 at 6:38 pm

    When I see real numbers indicating the Marines lack ammo, or don’t have the funds for ammo, then I’ll take this sort of breathless hysteria seriously.

    Sorry. I should have typed “I’ll think about taking this sort of breathless hysteria seriously.”

    Let’s focus on the real-world defects of the Obama administration, shall we? I can’t be that hard… :-/

  5. Brawndo The Thirst Mutilator on 13/13/13 at 8:47 am

    They won’t need those rounds. The world is a peaceful place since the messiah was selected. Our enemies and competitors don’t want any trouble from the fierce warlord Imam Hussein.