Transferred to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego in 1972, he served as a series and recruit company commander, battalion staff officer and Director of the Recruit Administration Center. After completing Amphibious Warfare School in 1976, Captain Huly was assigned to 1st Marine Division at Camp Pendleton, California, where he served as a battalion staff officer, rifle company commander, and assistant operations officer for the 5th Marine Regiment.
From 1979 to 1980, he commanded the Marine Detachment, USS Ranger. Transferred to Washington, D.C. in 1980, Major Huly served with the Joint Chiefs of Staff. While there, he earned a Master of Arts degree in Personnel Management from Central Michigan University. Assigned to Headquarters Marine Corps in 1982, Major Huly served in various billets in the Personnel Management Division until 1984.
After graduating from the Marine Corps Command and Staff College in 1985, Major Huly reported to 2nd Marine Division at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, where he made deployments overseas as an executive officer for battalion and regimental landing teams; and subsequently as Commanding Officer for Battalion Landing Team 1/8. He also served as Executive Officer, 2nd Surveillance, Reconnaissance and Intelligence Group. Completing the U.S. Army War College in 1990, Lieutenant Colonel Huly was assigned to Headquarters Marine Corps where he served as both the Assistant and Head of the Enlisted Assignment Branch. During Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Lieutenant Colonel Huly was assigned to 2nd Marine Division in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait as the Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations.
From 1992 until 1994, Colonel Huly deployed as the Commanding Officer, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit and participated in Operations Provide Promise and Deny Flight in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Continue Hope/UNOSOM II in Somalia. He assumed duties as Chief of Staff, II Marine Expeditionary Force on June 1, 1994. He was assigned as the Assistant Division Commander, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, California, in 1995. Brigadier General Huly then served as the Deputy Commander, Marine Forces Reserve, New Orleans, Louisiana. From 1998 to 2000, MajGen Huly served as the Director, Operations Division, Plans Policies and Operations, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps. He was the Commanding General, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego and Western Recruiting Region/Deputy Commanding General, Marine Corps Recruiting Command from 2000 to 2003. Huly was advanced to the rank Lieutenant General on 2 October, 2003. His last role was as the United States Marine Corps Deputy Commandant for Plans, Policies and Operations.
LtGen Huly retired from the Marine Corps on November 7, 2006 after over 36 years of service. His decorations include the Legion of Merit with Gold Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal], Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, and Combat Action Ribbon.