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A Marine lieutenant undergoes training in the Corps' Infantry Officers Course. The course will enroll its first female students this year. Joey Chavez/U.S. Marine Corps

The Marine Corps serves as a versatile combat element, and is adapted to a wide variety of combat operations. The Marine Corps was initially composed of infantry combat forces serving aboard naval vessels, responsible for security of the ship, its captain and officers, offensive and defensive combat during boarding actions, by acting as sharpshooters, and carrying out amphibious assaults. The Marines fully developed and used the tactics of amphibious assault in World War II, most notably in the Pacific Island Campaign.

Since its creation in 1775, the Corps’ role has expanded significantly. The Marines have a unique mission statement, and, alone among the branches of the U.S. armed forces, “shall, at any time, be liable to do duty in the forts and garrisons of the United States, on the seacoast, or any other duty on shore, as the President, at his discretion, shall direct.” In this special capacity, charged with carrying out duties given to them directly by the President of the United States, the Marine Corps serves as an all-purpose, fast-response task force, capable of quick action in areas requiring emergency intervention.

The Marine Corps possesses organic ground and air combat elements, and relies upon the US Navy to provide sea combat elements to fulfill its mission as “America’s 9-1-1 Force”. Ground combat elements are largely contained in three Marine Expeditionary Forces, or “MEF’s”. The 1st MEF is based out of Camp Pendleton, California, the 2nd out of Camp LeJeune, North Carolina, while the third is based on Okinawa, Japan. Within the MEF’s are the individual Marine Divisions (MARDIVS) and Force Service Support Groups (FSSG’s).Force Reconnaissance companies are composed of Marines specially trained in covert insertion, reconnaissance, and surveillance tactics, and some have even received special operations training. The “Recon Marine’s” basic mission is to scout out the enemy and report what they find.

Air combat elements are similarly grouped in the first, second and third Marine Aircraft Wings (MAW’s).

Marine tactics and doctrine tends to emphasize aggressiveness and the offensive, compared to Army tactics for similar units. The Marines have been central in developing groundbreaking tactics for maneuver warfare; they can be credited with the development of helicopter insertion doctrine and modern amphibious assault.

The Marines also maintain an operational and training culture dedicated to emphasizing the infantry combat abilities of every Marine. All Marines receive training first and foremost as basic riflemen, and thus the Marine Corps at heart functions as an infantry corps. The Marine Corps is famous for the saying “Every Marine a rifleman.”

There are approximately 198,000 Marines currently serving across the globe.

The Marine Corps motto is “Semper Fidelis,” which means “always faithful.”

Last Marines Leave Nimroz Province

Marine MRAP

Marine Corps News | Apr 18, 2014

FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELARAM II, Afghanistan -- An estimated 7 million Afghans were able to successfully and peacefully vote in the recent Afghan national elections due to the security provided solely by Afghan National Security Forces.   The ANA and other ANSF pillars stood strong, ensuring a peaceful voting process for their fellow Afghans... more

'Birdies for the Brave' Tees Up Support for Vets

Wounded warrior hitting golf ball

Armed Forces Press Service | Apr 16, 2014

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- Known for its plush landscape and daunting 17th-hole island green, the Professional Golfers' Association Tour headquarters here also boasts a flourishing military outreach program for total force military members and their families, the senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said yesterday. Mar... more

Marine Pursues Dream Job as Armorer

Corporal Michael Yodice

 | Apr 17, 2014

AT SEA - Corporal Michael Yodice sat on a table surrounded by 10 M9 service pistols aboard the armory of amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23). He had cleaned and inspected each weapon personally. As the sole Marine Corps armorer aboard the ship, Yodice, a small arms repair technician with 1st Maintenance Battalion, 1st Marine Lo... more

Marines, Australians Train Together in the Top End

Capt. Christian Difabio, commanding officer of Logistics Company, 5th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment, fires the M4 Carbine aboard Robertson Barracks, April 15, 2014.

 | Apr 17, 2014

ROBERTSON BARRACKS, Northern Territory, Australia – Marines slowly edge their way to the firing line as adrenaline courses through their veins. Assuming their firing positions, they insert their magazines and prepare to fire. As the command was given, the sharp crack of rifles could be heard through the jungle as Marines and Australian Soldiers ... more

Lawmaker Backs Sgt Maj after Pay Cut Testimony

Duncan Hunter talks with soldier.

Military.com | Apr 15, 2014

A Marine vet-turned congressman wrote a letter in support of Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Micheal Barrett after Barrett told Congress that Marines would prefer a lower pay raise if it meant receiving better equipment and training. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., told Barrett in a letter dated April 14: "I know ... you are not calling fo... more

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