Marine Corps

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.”

New Chief of CIA Clandestine Service, Former Marine, is Spying Veteran

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WASHINGTON  — The CIA officer credited with saving former President Hamid Karzai's life during the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 has been named director of the National Clandestine Service, the agency's spying arm. The officer, a former Marine who is under cover and whose first name is Greg, was recently the head of the Special Activitie... more

Former Marine D.I. Continues to Lead

Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Clyde Harris, the warehouse supply chief for the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, poses for a photo at Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 8, 2015. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Steve H. Lopez)

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Marines assigned to the service’s expeditionary units serve as the first responders to crises around the world -- and the units’ success would not be possible without exceptional leadership. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Clyde Harris, the warehouse supply chief with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit here, k... more

Marines Receive First F-35C

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Eglin has received the first F-35C Lightning II, carrier variant, for the U.S. Marine Corps to begin training in support of carrier-based operations. U.S. Marine Lt. Col. J.T. Ryan delivered the new F-35C to Strike Fighter Squadron 101, the Navy's only F-35 fleet replacement squadron. It is the first of five Marine Corps F-35Cs that will be del... more

Philippines Rejects US Marine's Appeal to Drop Murder Case

In this Oct. 17, 2014 photo, visitors sit next to a picture of Filipino transgender Jennifer Laude, center, during his wake in Olongapo, Zambales province, northern Philippines. Aaron Favila/AP

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines on Tuesday rejected an appeal by a U.S. Marine that it drop a murder case against him in the death of a transgender Filipino woman last year. A Department of Justice panel said evidence from prosecutors against Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton showed that he killed Jennifer Laude after picking her up in a bar i... more

Injured Marine Makes Difficult Decision to Have Leg Amputated

Theresa Mathis greets her son, Marine Corps Pfc. Duncan Mathis, as he finishes the Run for the Fallen 5K/Half-Marathon at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Sept. 14, 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brittain Crolley)

Lance Cpl. Duncan Mathis said it was an easy decision to amputate the lower portion of his left leg. "I don't have a doubt in my mind," the Beddingfield High School graduate said. "I want to live my life as a 21-year-old." In recent months, it was getting harder and harder for Duncan to do the things he wanted to do and to live an active lifes... more

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