ARMED FORCES: A New Top Leatherneck

Alone among the armed services in an era of increasing permissiveness, the Marine Corps clings to its traditional hard-nosed tradition of unremitting spit-and-polish discipline. In exercising the Executive's quadrennial responsibility of selecting a new corps Commandant,

President Nixon last week signaled his approval of that approach. To succeed outgoing General Leonard Chapman Jr. he chose Lieut. General Robert Everton Cushman Jr., the senior three-star general in the Marines, as the 25th commandant in the 196-year history of the corps.

A 36-year veteran, Cushman at 56 has the physical presence of a Leatherneck...

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