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United States Marine Corps A Military Story

 

November 1, 2018



It was a vision of the Second Continental Congress that gave us the United States Marine Corps. On November 10, 1775 they decided there was a need for two battalions of Marines to cover and protect as landing forces with the Continental Navy during the American Revolutionary War. The war lasted from 1775-1783.

After the war ended, they disbanned the Continental Navy, and included in their disbanning the Continental Marines as well.

Due to the growing conflict with revolutionary France, they re-established the Continental Marines giving us the Marine Corps. It is one of our seven uniformed services of the United States.

The Marines were once known as the Navy infantry (an infantry force that specializes in the support of naval and army operations at sea and on land, as well as the execution of their own operations.) In the beginning many believed it was just a secondary branch of the Navy, but as years passed the Marine Corps would establish themselves as a branch in their own right. It is a combined-arms task force known for its focus on aggressiveness and the offensive.

The Marine Corps plays a major role as the first force on the ground in most conflicts. Many Hollywood movies of World War II, depict the Marines being delivered on shore as the first on the battle grounds. They have done over 300 landings on foreign shores since 1775.

As a Marine, one is taught to be ready to go at a moments notice. Their high intense training and continued training puts them out front literally. Their boot camp training is the longest of the branches of service lasting twelve and a half weeks. It is also considered by many as the toughest. According to Lewis Laboray, a Marine veteran, "If you make it through boot camp it will prepare you for anything you will encounter in your life." he said

Today, approximately 180,000 Marines are stationed around the world. They are trained to be ready at all times, ready to deploy quickly for whenever and to wherever they are needed.

 

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