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United States Marine Corps

United States Marine Corps
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Military unit
Unit nameUnited States Marine Corps
Founded10 November 1775 � present
CountryUnited States of America
TypeMarine Corps
RoleAmphibious and expeditionary warfare
Size202,779 active ( )
40,000 reserve ( )
Part ofDepartment of Defense
Department of the Navy
Garrison/HQHeadquarters Marine Corps
NicknameThe Few, The Proud marines and navy are apart of the same branch.
MottoSemper Fidelis
ColorsScarlet & Gold   
March"Semper Fidelis" 
MascotEnglish Bulldog
American Revolutionary War
Barbary Wars
War of 1812
Seminole Wars
Mexican � American War
American Civil War
Spanish � American War
Philippine � American War
Boxer Rebellion
Banana Wars
World War I
World War II
Korean War
Vietnam War
Gulf War
Somali Civil War
Kosovo War
War in Afghanistan
Iraq War
Operation Odyssey Dawn

Presidential Unit Citation

Joint Meritorious Unit Award

Navy Unit Commendation

Valorous Unit Award

Meritorious Unit Commendation

Croix de Guerre

Philippine Presidential Unit Citation

Korean Presidential Unit Citation

Vietnam Gallantry Cross

Vietnam Civil Actions Medal
CommandantGEN James F. Amos
Assistant CommandantGEN Joseph F. Dunford, Jr.
Sergeant MajorSMMC Micheal P. Barrett

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Bold text The United States Marine Corps (USMC) is a branch of the United States Armed Forces responsible for providing power projection from the sea, using the mobility of the United States Navy to deliver combined-arms task forces rapidly. It is one of seven uniformed services of the United States. In the civilian leadership structure of the United States military, the Marine Corps is a component of the United States Department of the Navy, often working closely with U.S. naval forces for training, transportation, and logistic purposes; however, in the military leadership structure the Marine Corps is a separate branch.

Captain Samuel Nicholas formed two battalions of Continental Marines on 10 November 1775 in Philadelphia as naval infantry. Since then, the mission of the Marine Corps has evolved with changing military doctrine and American foreign policy. The Marine Corps has served in every American armed conflict and attained prominence in the 20th century when its theories and practices of amphibious warfare proved prescient and ultimately formed the cornerstone of the Pacific campaign of World War II. By the mid-20th century, the Marine Corps had become the dominant theorist and practitioner of amphibious warfare. Its ability to rapidly respond on short notice to expeditionary crises gives it a strong role in the implementation and execution of American foreign policy.

The United States Marine Corps includes just under 203,000 active duty Marines ( ) and just under 40,000 reserve Marines ( ). It is the smallest of the United States' armed forces in the Department of Defense (the United States Coast Guard is smaller, about one-fifth the size of the Marine Corps, but is normally under the Department of Homeland Security). The Marine Corps is nonetheless larger than the armed forces of many significant military powers; for example, it is larger than the active duty Israel Defense Forces and the active duty British Army.

The Marine Corps accounts for around six percent of the military budget of the United States. The cost per Marine is $20,000 less than the cost of a serviceman from the other services, and the entire force can be used for both hybrid and major combat operations; that is, the Marines cover the entire Three Block War. However, the per capita costs may be misleading due to being shifted to other branches, such as the Navy's amphibious warfare ships.

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Awesome standard United States Marine Corps Cadence. 'Mama Can't you see.'
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Now on Facebook!!!! "Let's Get Justin Timberlake to the Marine Corps Ball with Kelsey" Corporal Kelsey De Santis, currently serving as the ONLY FEMALE at the Martial Arts Center for Excellence (MACE) at Marine Corps Base Quantico, is calling out JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE to go to the Marine Corps Ball in Washington, DC this November! "Do it for your country", Justin!
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Swede Studios Presents: United States Marine Corps. A Movie Presented By: Christian "Swede" Sandberg
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LIKE, COMMENT, SHARE & SUBSCRIBE â â â US Armed Forces "A Time For Choosing" Speech By 40th President of the United States of America Ronald Wilson Reagan (February 6, 1911 -- June 5, 2004) â â â Video made by: Matthew Worth(Canadianmatt3) Soundtrack/Audio: Steve Jablonsky - Arrival to Earth - Transformers(2007 Motion Picture) Movie Soundtrack: Transformers: The Album Some video used courtesy of: thespartanheroes 4-25 End of Tour - Our year at War - REAL WAR FOOTAGE For the full "A Time for Choosing" speech by President Ronald Reagan(Reagan Library):
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0.65 min. | 2.15 user rating From the Halls of Montezuma To the Shores of Tripoli; We will fight our country's battles In the air, on land and sea; First to fight for right and freedom And to keep our honor clean; We are proud to claim the title of United States Marine. Our flag's unfurled to every breeze From dawn to setting sun; We have fought in ev'ry clime and place Where we could take a gun; In the snow of far-off Northern lands And in sunny tropic scenes; You will find us always on the job-- The United States Marines. Here's health to you and to our Corps Which we are proud to serve In many a strife we've fought for life And never lost our nerve; If the Army and the Navy Ever look on Heaven's scenes; They will find the streets are guarded By United States Marines.
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Washington (CNN) -- A number of websites including TMZ and YouTube posted a video Wednesday showing four men dressed in US Marine Corps combat gear urinating on the apparently Martyred bodies of three men sprawled on the ground in front of them. One of the men says, "Have a great day, buddy." A voice asks, "You got it on the video?" to which another voice responds, "Yeah." Another jokes, "Golden, like a shower." It was not clear who shot or posted the 39-second video, who the people pictured in it were, or where it was shot.
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The hymn of the United States Marine Corps (From The Halls of Montezuma). Lyrics (Even though there are none in this version): From the halls of Montezuma, To the shores of Tripoli, We fight our country's battles in the air on land and sea. First to fight for right and freedom, and to keep our honor clean, We are proud to claim the title of United States Marine. (End lyrics) Played by "The President's Own" United States Marine Band!
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The Hymn of United States Marine Corps. Semper Fidelis.
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Benzinga--The Navy League is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating US citizens about the importance of sea power to US national security, and supports the men and women of the sea services - the Navy, -Marine Corps-, Coast Guard, and -United St - Date : Mon, 11 Apr 2011 16:14:24 GMT+00:00
Marine answers call of Corps Twice - Tweet this news, 1987, Derrick Butler raised his right hand and swore to support and defend the Constitution of the -United States- against all enemies, foreign and domestic, as a -United States Marine-. More than a decade later, on July 6, 1999, he swore - Date : Thu, 07 Apr 2011 05:11:19 GMT+00:00
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Hanford Sentinel--Ilario Pantano, a former sniper, sat in my office, rolling his shirtsleeve back down after showing me the -United States Marine Corps- tattoo on his arm. He wasn't showing off. He was making a point. "If my country is worth - Date : Thu, 07 Apr 2011 17:51:00 GMT+00:00
Marine Corps signs four-year contract with Saft for Li-ion engine starting ... - Tweet this news, Md. (March 9, 2011) - The -United States Marine Corps- (-USMC-) selected Saft, the world specialist in the design and manufacture of high-tech industrial batteries, to supply advanced energy storage systems for its Improved Batte - Date : Wed, 09 Mar 2011 20:07:49 GMT+00:00
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PR Web (press release)--Iris Technology Corporation, an Irvine, CA-based defense contractor, has been awarded a 5-year, $13.5 million contract by the Department of Defense (DoD) to provide The -United States Marine Corps- (-USMC-) with the Iris Merlin-3� - Date : Wed, 09 Mar 2011 08:30:41 GMT+00:00
Elecsys Corporation Announces Remote Monitoring System Order - Benzinga Tweet this news
Benzinga--This initial order for fifty (50) WatchdogVIP remote monitoring units will be deployed to monitor cathodic protection systems used by the United States Navy and the -United States Marine Corps- throughout the world. Elecsys expects to ship the s - Date : Mon, 07 Mar 2011 21:31:41 GMT+00:00
Umarex USA Introduces the Regent .45 ACP 1911 - Online PR News (press release) Tweet this news
Online PR News (press release)--The original model was formally adopted by the -United States- Army, Navy, and -Marine Corps-. This Regent pistol brings a very high quality version of the gun downward in price. FORT SMITH, ARKANSAS - (March 1, 2011) Umare - Date : Wed, 09 Mar 2011 00:15:59 GMT+00:00
Exclusive: The Battle: Los Angeles Cast - Tweet this news Friday, Battle: Los Angeles hits theaters with an unflinching interpretation of a full-scale extraterrestrial invasion and the hard-hitting confrontation with America's first line of defense: the -United States Marine Corps-. ... - Date : Tue, 08 Mar 2011 07:22:32 GMT+00:00
Local Brothers graduate United States Marine Corps Boot Camp - SW Iowa News Tweet this news
SW Iowa News--PFC Barone, McKinley and PFC Barone, Ian, both age 19, graduated from the -United States Marine Corps- boot camp at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego on February 11, 2011. PFC Barones' successfully completed 13 weeks of intensive - Date : Sun, 06 Mar 2011 23:31:30 GMT+00:00
Flyover set for Lundi Gras party - KLFY Tweet this news
KLFY--A fly-over March 7 by the -United States Marine Corps- upon Rex's arrival at the Riverwalk's Spanish Plaza is an addition to this year's party. ... - Date : Thu, 10 Feb 2011 09:17:56 GMT+00:00

Rank structure : Commissioned Officers
U.S. DoD Pay Grade O-1 O-2 O-3 O-4 O-5 O-6 O-7 O-8 O-9 O-10
Title Second Lieutenant First Lieutenant Captain Major Lieutenant Colonel Colonel Brigadier General Major General Lieutenant General General
Abbreviation 2ndLt 1stLt Capt Maj LtCol Col BGen MajGen LtGen Gen
NATO Code OF-1 OF-2 OF-3 OF-4 OF-5 OF-6 OF-7 OF-8 OF-9

: Warrant Officers
U.S. DoD Pay Grade W-1 W-2 W-3 W-4 W-5
Title Warrant Officer 1 Chief Warrant Officer 2 Chief Warrant Officer 3 Chief Warrant Officer 4 Chief Warrant Officer 5
Abbreviation WO1 CWO2 CWO3 CWO4 CWO5
NATO Code WO-1 WO-2 WO-3 WO-4 WO-5

: Enlisted
U.S. DoD Pay grade E-1 E-2 E-3 E-4 E-5 E-6 E-7 E-8 E-9
Insignia No Insignia
Title Private Private
First Class
Corporal Sergeant Staff
Master Gunnery
Sergeant Major
of the Marine Corps
Abbreviation Pvt PFC LCpl Cpl Sgt SSgt GySgt MSgt 1stSgt MGySgt SgtMaj SgtMajMarCor
NATO Code OR-1 OR-2 OR-3 OR-4 OR-5 OR-6 OR-7 OR-8 OR-9

United States Marine Corps

LeadershipSecretary of the Navy * Under Secretary of the Navy * Commandant of the Marine Corps * Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps * Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps * Four-star generals * United States Congress (House Subcommittee on Seapower and Expeditionary Forces * Senate Subcommittee on Seapower) |
Major commandsOrganization of the Marine Corps * Headquarters Marine Corps * Marine Forces Command (II Marine Expeditionary Force) * Marine Forces Pacific (I Marine Expeditionary Force * III Marine Expeditionary Force) * Marine Forces Reserve * Fleet Marine Force (Atlantic * Pacific) |
StructureMarine Air-Ground Task Force * Bases * Battalions * Marine aviation * Marine Expeditionary Unit * MARSOC * Recon (FMF * Division) |
Personnel and trainingPersonnel: Rank insignia * MOS * Notable Marines * Historical Marines * Marine Corps Association * Marine Corps League * Young Marines * Marine Military Academy * Hispanic Marines
Training: Recruit Training * SOI * OCS * TBS * MCMAP |
Uniforms and equipmentUniforms * Awards * Badges * Weapons * Vehicles and aircraft * Individual equipment |
History and traditionsHistory * Culture * Acronyms and terms * Birthday Ball * Eagle, Globe, and Anchor * Marine Band * Drum and Bugle Corps * Service Numbers * Marine Corps War Memorial * Flag * Marine One * Marines' Hymn * Mottos * National Museum * Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima * Rifleman's Creed * Semper Fidelis * Silent Drill Platoon * Toys for Tots |

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