Al-Shabaab

2012/Eastern Africa

Marine forces train the Ugandan People's Defense Force to defend against the warlords that have risen to power and destabilized the region.

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Al-Shabaab

Toward Chaos

Responding Quickly and Decisively

Where chaos looms, the Few emerge. Marines move toward the sounds of tyranny, injustice and despair—with the courage and resolve to silence them.

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Toward Chaos

Leading Marines

Officer Service Options

Active or Reserve, Officer candidates must complete Officer Candidates School through various paths as well as six intense months at The Basic School. This is where one is instilled with the confidence to stand in front of—and in charge of—elite warriors.

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Leading Marines

Becoming An Officer

The paths to becoming a Second Lieutenant

The Marine Corps has several programs to pursue a commission as an officer.  Whichever path you choose, once you have earned your commission you are appointed the rank of second lieutenant and ready to lead Marines.

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Becoming An Officer

Many Roles
One Mission

Every role critical to success

All Marines have a specific role for which they are optimally trained in support of the overall mission.  And while each role comes with different responsibilities, the end results are accomplishing the mission.

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Many Roles One Mission

 
 
 
 
 

Presence

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Structure

Ship-to-shore, air-to-ground, door-to-door—there isn't a force more capable of facing down the threats of our time.

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First to Fight

When unexpected threats arise, it is the Marine Corps that is best prepared to face them down.

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