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By Christian Jennings - bio | email

December 31, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The United States Marine Corps is growing even faster than top brass had hoped.

In the last two years the Corps has grown by almost 27 thousand Marines. Marine Corps leaders had a goal of 202 thousand members by 2012.

Now they think they'll reach that mark early next year. 1st Sgt. William Bodette is stationed at the Marine Corps Logistics Base here in Albany.

He's been a Marine for more than 20-years and isn't surprised by the recent growth.

 "I think the draw to becoming a United States Marine is because we are America's 9-1-1 force. And we are at war right now. And the young men and women of this country today, they want to be a part of it," says 1st Sgt. William E. Bodette with the U.S. Marine Corps.

Military leaders are also working to boost re-enlistment rates. The budget for retention bonuses is up. In 2008  35-percent of active duty Marines stayed on.

That's up almost 10-percent from two years ago.  Feedback