Marines come from all over. They're motivated by different factors. But all of them serve for one purpose — to protect the land we are all a part of.
From Elite Athlete to Elite Pilot
Karla Cumbie has never settled for second best. It's what drove her to succeed at Division 1 sports and helped drive her to become a Weapons and Tactics Instructor, one of the highest levels a Marine Helicopter Pilot can achieve.
Captain Karla Cumbie
Being the first to fight starts before boots hit the ground, and Marines bring airpower as close as possible to each battle. From the Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) to the Close Air Support (CAS), the aviation combat element is ready at a moment's notice.
Aviation Combat Element
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.
Always Faithful. Always a Marine.
Latin for "always faithful," Semper Fidelis is more than the Marine Corps motto. Becoming a Marine is becoming the always faithful—true to the mission, to the Marines by your side, to the Corps, to your country.
Initial Strength Test
In order to begin recruit training, aspiring Marines must pass the Initial Strength Test (IST).
Physical Fitness Test
All Marines are required to pass an annual Physical Fitness Test (PFT).
Combat Fitness Test
The CFT is a 300-point test with an emphasis on functional fitness related to operational demands.
A team of approximately 21 Marines, 10 representing the United States, six from Great Britain, and five from Spain, conducted training in countries along the West African coast February through April 2015. The Marines, serving as a part of the Africa,
Four MV-22B Ospreys arrived at Tribhuvan International Airport May 3 to support relief efforts in central Nepal after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck the country on April 25.An international humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operation has been,
Sirens screech as two figures fully loaded with safety equipment breeze through the hazy, clouded air. With voices muffled behind gas masks, they shout instructions to each other as they entered the gas chamber, a simulated site of a leaking ordnance,
The countdown began in the CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter as a reconnaissance Marine held up three fingers signaling how much time remained before the drop. A Combat Rubber Raiding Craft, large enough to fit the six Marines and their combat gear, was,
The sound of 70-ton tracked machines interrupted the calm hush of the desert as tank after tank rolled over the rugged terrain. They held their formation as they advanced toward anotional enemy position, firing their 120 mm main gun along the way.It was,
What began as a stealthy advance through the trees turned into a barrage of copper, lead and brass as machine guns found their targets. When the machine-gun fire ceased, rifles opened up while teams of Marines bounded forward to their objective.Marines,
Portuguese and U.S. Marines recently exchanged crisis response tactics during an exercise here that could be used to protect other NATO countries.Approximately 60 U.S. Marines with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa joined,
“My AMTRAC and I are the defenders of our country. We are the masters of gunnery. We are the saviors from the ocean.” Marines from 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 2nd Marine Division know these lines well because it comes from their AMTRAC creed.An AMTRAC,
During the light of day and the cover of darkness, Marines with 2nd Platoon, 2nd Force Reconnaissance Company, II Marine Expeditionary Force conducted close-quarters combat tactics training at range K-501A aboard Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, April 14-15,,
Reconnaissance and surveillance patrols are one of a few crucial missions reconnaissance Marines are assigned. They typically involve a clandestine insertion, movement under darkness, surveillance from concealed positions, and an expeditious extraction,
Searching and sniffing for anything suspicious, military working dog teams provide a unique layer of security for Marines while forward deployed, operating alongside as their handlers clear patrol routes and conduct vehicle searches on the front,
Amphibious assault and movement to contact training was conducted by Marines with 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, on Onslow Beach at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., April 9, 2015.The Marines used ten Assault Amphibious Vehicles, operated by,