Panetta: Defense Cuts Will Be ‘Especially Tough’ On Marine Corps Paul March 9, 2012 Marine Corps 23 Comments Follow Duffel Blog: OCEANSIDE, CA – Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Thursday night that the Marine Corps would be “deeply affected” by the coming cuts in the defense budget. Speaking to a battalion of Marines at Camp Pendleton, Panetta spoke plainly about the need for what he called a “leaner, more efficient Marine Corps.” While politicians in Washington scramble to find ways to cover a massive federal deficit, many have resorted to attacks on the defense budget. In preparation for what seems inevitable, many division and battalion commanders have already pushed down preliminary guidelines. “This ain’t my first rodeo,” says Brigadier General Ronald Amos, “I was around during the [President] Carter era, when money was extremely tight. That guy was a serious tightwad.” As the Base Commander of Camp Lejeune, Amos has already clamped down on some of what he’s called “money pits.” In his last Command & Staff meeting, he laid out guidelines for the coming months. Some things, he said, “we simply cannot afford.” Among events and perks on the chopping block: Live fire events. Ammo, including blanks, will no longer be allowed. Marines are to aim in, scream “Butter Butter Jam”, and then exclaim “I killed you!” when they believe their shot would have probably hit the enemy. Barracks. Marines will have 30 days to vacate their barracks, and are now required to sleep outside the barracks with their sleeping bag and isomat. Amos believes he can “make a few bucks” renting out the barracks to civilians. M4/M16 Rifles. While Marines will still be allowed a limited number of M9 service pistols, their coveted rifles are heading to auction. “Marines are warfighters. Why the hell do you need a rifle,” he said, “when you’ve got knife hands?” Secretary Panetta has warned that the federal budget cannot be balanced “on the back of defense alone,” but he added, “we can always give the Marine Corps the green weenie. They’re pretty much used to it by now.” Don't miss the next story.Get the latest news and alerts from Duffel Blog delivered to your inbox—free. Short URL: http://duffelblog.com/kGNeD Nathan Trotter says: February 26, 2014 at 12:55 AM Lol Michael Hasbun says: February 26, 2014 at 12:55 AM LOL Monte Greenlee says: February 26, 2014 at 12:55 AM I love this site. Phebe Grau says: February 26, 2014 at 12:55 AM Love it! Hysterical site! Jon Atkinson says: February 26, 2014 at 12:55 AM I hope he’s exaggerating, I’m a grunt so the no live fire ranges or rifles puts me out of a job ha ha ha.. and I live in the barracks if they try to make me sleep in the dirt to “try to make a few bucks” I quit… but I’m not worried they couldn’t possibly do that. Ed Condra Jr says: February 26, 2014 at 12:55 AM If the pollitics will be, that a Marine has to defend those politicions with a green weenie in his hand screeming bang bang you’re dead, instead of eliminating those bums with a rifle of pistol or something like a small drone. Well it looks like they are going to hold thier own ass in both hands, while praying for a new vote for arms so we can save thier butts. Sempher Fi succer =( politicion). I’m a 9-11-1957 old salt Cpl. and this makes my teeth grind. Gen Amos is my kind of leader. He is for the troops. God, I like this guy. Jordan W Sandstrom says: February 26, 2014 at 12:55 AM Sounds about right… Ty Kavanaugh says: February 26, 2014 at 12:55 AM love it Landon Valentine says: February 26, 2014 at 12:55 AM honestly, they’re used to do so little with even less, we shouldn’t be able to tell a difference. plus, since they insist in deploying for only six months at a whack, it’s not that big a deal! Matt Gentry says: February 26, 2014 at 12:55 AM Butter butter jam! I KILLED YOU! Cody Arroyo says: February 26, 2014 at 12:55 AM Does this mean I won’t have to carry a rifle with me all deployment, keep having to clean the hell out of it, spending all day and night at CMP ranges? Because if it does, then I’m all for it. Shit, just give me a slingshot and I’ll use rocks. LMAO! Tom King says: February 26, 2014 at 12:55 AM We could cut a lot out of the budget if we’d just stop letting Panetta comandeer military aircraft every time he wants to fly home for a bowling tournament or a kegger down at the lodge. Doug Sides says: February 26, 2014 at 12:55 AM I remember when the kicked us out of our Quonset huts just to film Heartbreak Ridge. Go live in the field they said. Flavia Mestiza Grubbs says: February 26, 2014 at 12:55 AM you guys make my day! John Quade says: February 26, 2014 at 12:55 AM “we can always just give the Marine Corps the green weenie. They’re pretty much used to it by now.” Priceless. Eric Thomas says: February 26, 2014 at 12:55 AM lol knife hands. Rob McGowan says: February 26, 2014 at 12:55 AM All Bayonets are being collected and will be melted down by the us mint to turn them into new UN state quarters. Red Cleanser says: October 19, 2012 at 3:42 PM How would SPORTS work now? Cpl gimmeabreak says: September 13, 2012 at 6:32 PM “Butter Butter Jam” is the signature report of the M-16!