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.”
| Dec 09, 2013
MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif. – His heart rate spikes, his muscles are sore from the heavy lifting, and his mind is telling him to ease down a little bit because the workout just started – the fear of failure is setting in again. He fights it back and crushes the fear. There is no room for self-doubt, because he has a goal – to co... more
Associated Press | Dec 06, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. - A long-awaited study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a link between tainted tap water at a U.S. Marine Corps base in North Carolina and increased risk of serious birth defects and childhood cancers. The study released late Thursday by the CDC's Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry is based ... more
| Dec 06, 2013
SALIDA -- "It's a great Christmas gift," Marine veteran Ryan Dinkel said Wednesday morning, looking around from the kitchen of the Salida home just donated to him and his fiancee by Wells Fargo and the nonprofit organization Operation Homefront. Dinkel and Melanie Nordhaus, who will wed next October, were seeing the interior of the three-bedroo... more
Philadelphia Inquirer | Dec 06, 2013
CAMDEN -- The man charged with shooting and killing a Marine veteran outside a Camden bar Sunday appeared in court Thursday and pleaded not guilty. Darrell Crone, 31, of Camden, is charged with first-degree murder and weapons charges in the death of Timothy Loper Jr., 27, of Pine Hill, outside 20 Horse Tavern early Sunday. The homicide prompte... more
| Dec 05, 2013
OKINAWA, Japan - Staff Sgt. Gordon L. Llewellyn and Sgt. David B. Schmidt were awarded a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and certificate of commendation, respectively, Dec. 1 at the Ie Shima Training Facility following their response after a car crash left a local girl injured. Llewellyn is the staff noncommissioned officer in charge of... more