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Marine Corps Overview

The Marine Corps is known as an elite amphibious and expeditionary warfare fighting force, equally competent at land or at sea. The service is part of the Department of the Navy. It was created by the Continental Congress during the Revolutionary War, on Nov. 10, 1775. The Marine Corps has always served with the naval forces to defend the United States interests overseas.

The men and women who make up the Marine Corps are considered to be an elite fighting force. Their motto "Semper Fidelis" is well known and often abbreviated as "Semper Fi." This means "always faithful" and that is where their loyalty lies, to the United States. Another popular recruiting motto is "the Few, the Proud, the Marines." They are known as warriors with values, and take pride in upholding the highest standards. It is said, "Once a Marine, always a Marine," which depicts extreme depth of pride.

The Marine Corps is a strictly voluntary service. These are the fighting men and women who take on some of the most difficult missions, mental and physical challenges around the world. They often are sent into conflict first, to pave the way for other troops that follow. Part of their missions include logistics and supply, depot maintenance, and support for other military branch missions. As of October, 2010, there were approximately 203,000 active Marines on duty, and about 40,000 reservists.

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