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Force in Readiness


>> CAPT. VINCENT STIGALL: Being an Expeditionary Force, that means whenever America needs us to go anywhere, we're there at the drop of a dime. >> BGEN. GERALD MILLER: There's no warm-up time required. When they step off of the ship, the boat, the airplane, they're in it. >> MAJ. JASON SMITH: The Marine Corps is expected to get results in quick fashion. Despite the circumstances, despite the environment, you're supposed to get things done. >> PATRICK HARRIS: You know that the Marine Corps is a smaller unit. They're more mobile than a lot of other units in the military. They travel by the sea, and so they can go places that other units cannot go. And so they--a lot of times, they are the first ones in. >> CAPT. VINCENT STIGALL: We do a great job of integrating combined arms all into one package to help put our enemies into a dilemma, so we can accomplish our task and press forward. >> BGEN. GERALD MILLER: They've done well in certain areas such as marksmanship in particular, small unit leadership and the ability to solve problems without throwing massive numbers of troops in that direction or at a particular problem. 00:01:04:15 >> CAPT. VINCENT STIGALL: Our premier expeditionary unit would be a MEU. Within a couple of days' notice, the Marine Expeditionary Unit can be pretty much anywhere in the world to handle what America needs us to take care of. >> STEVE TALLENT: Part of being a Marine is going on these expeditionary units, doing whatever they have to do, much of it humanitarian. >> TONY PERKINS: You know, if you look at--you know, Haiti, if you look at all of the emergencies all over the world, we have to have that Marine Corps to make sure that this--there's stability all over the world. >> PATRICIA PURDY: I was glad when my son was deployed to Haiti because I felt like he was doing something good. And it makes me really proud that my son's doing this. >> STEVE TALLENT: If we're going to have a civilized society, if we're going to have this civilization, we have to have something to protect it. And you can't count on the benevolence of human nature. And so there's different levels of effectiveness that--that you need. And you can't think of anything more effective, more historically successful than the Marines. 00:02:18:20

The Marine Corps’ purpose is best expressed in our three commitments to the country: we make Marines, we win our nation’s battles and we develop quality citizens.

The Marine Corps is the smallest branch of the American military and has a unique role in defending our nation: Congress has mandated that the Marine Corps be the “most ready” of all our forces. We are a force in readiness. The phrase “First to fight” also refers to this special role.

First to fight doesn't mean Marines rush in unprepared, or that every Marine is on the front lines. It refers to the unique capabilities that our structure, organization and training provide.

We use a combined arms approach: Ground, Aviation and Logistics Combat Elements working together under Marine leadership to accomplish our missions. Our organizational structure, the Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF), ensures that each unit, regardless of size, includes the necessary capabilities. Our unique war fighting approach includes predeploying forces into various regions of the world to be ready as soon as we are needed. Finally, training every Marine as a professional warrior gives our entire force shared values, leadership traits and expert training, even if they will never see combat.

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Alphonso Deah Avatar


To become a Marine is not have to put time in it......Alphonso Deah.....born to become a the grace of God....

Posted by: Alphonso Deah on 01/16/2013




Sherrie Gesell Avatar


Thank you to the Marine Corps for putting your lives in the line of fore for my Country and my self.

Posted by: Sherrie Gesell on 09/14/2012