— The Marines are sending back to the Marine Corps the personnel it lost in the Afghanistan War to train as replacements in the war against Islamic State militants, according to the Army.
The Marines said they will be able to begin recruiting replacements this summer for Marines who are currently deployed in Iraq, Syria and other countries in the Middle East, Africa and Europe.
The announcement comes as the U.S. military has been dealing with the rise of the Islamic State group, which is threatening its hold on the region.
The Islamic State has seized large swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria, and is expanding its reach into neighboring countries.
The military has also been struggling to counter the growth of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, also known as ISIL, which has been blamed for a series of deadly attacks in the United States and elsewhere.
The Army, which maintains a permanent recruiting force of nearly 500,000 active-duty Marines, has a long history of recruiting from the ranks of the U.
“American soldiers and sailors have been an integral part of our defense since the Revolutionary War,” Gen. Robert Neller, the Army’s chief of staff, said in a statement on Monday.
“I am confident that the Marines’ commitment to recruiting the best of the best will ensure the safety and security of our troops, our allies, and the American people.”
The Army will send a team of 15 Marines, including those who lost their lives, to the UAVs and drones that have become key tools in U.s. military campaigns against the Islamic States, according a Marine Corps release.
The team will include two Marine Corps Reserve officers and one enlisted Marine, the release said.
The Marine Corps plans to conduct the first training for Marines to train with UAV pilots and other U.res troops in 2017.
The program will allow the Marines to conduct training to get their combat skills up to speed and to gain a better understanding of how the new technology works, according the release.