The North Carolina Department of Commerce released a study stating that by 2018, almost 75,000 individuals will separate from the military.
There are two bases in the Eastern Carolina community--Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, and Cherry Point in Havelock.
According to the Jacksonville-Onslow Chamber of Commerce, between the two military bases, Eastern Carolina is expected to lose around 10,000 to 12,000 marines over the next four years.
According to the report, one of the reasons stated for the future decline is because the nation is winding down from two wars.
Based on the report, between the two bases in Eastern Carolina there are currently 43,000 active marines.
Take a look at the full report from the North Carolina Department of Commerce: http://www.nccommerce.com/Portals/47/Publications/Industry%20Reports/The%20Economic%20Impact%20of%20the%20Military%20on%20North%20Carolina%20%283%29.pdf