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Making a Difference

Driven by an uncompromising sense of purpose, Marines are committed to helping others in their local communities.

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Leadership Traits

EVERY MARINE IS A LEADER

These are the leadership traits that enable Marines to lead with honor, on the battlefield and in the community.

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Transformation

Endure the training. Witness the transformation.

Those who desire our title must first endure our training, and undergo an everlasting change that is external, internal and undeniable. The transformation will not happen overnight, but will last a lifetime.

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Transformation

Semper Fidelis

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.

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Enlisted and Officer

Active or Reserve, enlisted or officer, as one of the Few, you will forever be known by the title you earn: United States Marine.

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Facing Down Threats

Whether called upon to be first to distribute aid, or called to be the first to fight the forces of global tyranny, there is no better friend or worse enemy than a Marine Expeditionary Unit.

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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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    Marine Corps Honors Female Aviators - News

    The Marine Corps Women's Reserve was officially established in 1943.  By the end of World War II, more than 20,000 women had served in the Marine Corps, supporting Marines on land, sea and air.

     
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    Three Marine Leaders, Three Keys to Success - News

    Leadership is an integral aspect of the Marine Corps. It's who we are. From the days of recruit training to long after earning the title, Marines are leaders.

     
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    Marine Draws on Leadership to Train Allies - News

    U.S. Marine Corps Cpl Spencer L. Jimick, a member of the Georgia Liaison Team, has been with the 43rd Georgian Infantry Battalion, since Nov. 4, as an infantry advisor, training the Georgian soldiers in preparation for their deployment to Afghanistan. 

     
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    Saving Citizens From Disaster: Joint Evacuation Training Exercise - News

    U.S., Thai and Japanese military members and diplomats joined forces to conduct noncombatant evacuation operations as part of exercise Cobra Gold 2015 Feb. 15, 2015 at Utapao Royal Thai Navy Airfield, Kingdom of Thailand.

     
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    Service Members Make a Difference to Thai Children - News

    U.S. and Thai service members participating in Exercise Cobra Gold 2015 spend the day with students at Ban Nong Lan Chang School, Feb. 17. 

     
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    Survival of the Fittest: Jungle Warfare - News

    See inside the training Marines undergo at the Jungle Endurance Course and Jungle Leaders' Course aboard at Camp Gonsalves. 

     
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    Marines Honor Iwo Jima Survivors On 70th Anniversary - News

    Veterans of the battle of Iwo Jima participated in a reunion hosted by the Marine Artillery Detachment at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, February 12, 2015.

     
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    7th Marines Conduct Embassy Reinforcement Training - News

    Marines with Company K, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, conducted embassy reinforcement training at Joint Forces Training Base Los Alamitos, California, from Feb. 8-13, 2015.

     
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    ROK, U.S. Marines Train Force-On-Force - News

    It is Friday, Feb. 13, 2015. An unusually chilling breeze sweeps the battlefield as Republic of Korea and U.S. Marines prepare to assault the Cham Sae Mi Close-Quarters Battle Training Facility during Korean Marine Exchange Program 15-17.

     
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    Marines Compete For Title Of Top Shooter In 2015 Pacific Division Matches - News

    Marines and their rifles know what counts in war is not the round a Marine fires, the noise of their burst or the smoke they make. They know it is the hit that counts.

     
  • Badass Alert Staff Sgt. Andrew Seif, a critical skills operator with MARSOC-Always Faithful-Always Forward received the Silver Star for his actions in Afghanistan in 2012. Seif risked his life in an attempt to save his wounded team member while under heavy enemy fire. Semper Fidelis, Marine.

    You voted and this week's Corps Top Shot comes from Sgt. Jamean Berry. He captured this photo of U.S. Marines performing maintenance checks on an AH-1Z Viper with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 161 (Reinforced), 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, aboard the USS Anchorage (LPD 23) March 2, 2015.

    The week's best photos from around the Corps. Help select the "Corps Top Shot" by liking, commenting on or sharing your favorite image. The image with the most combined hits by the end of the day will be crowned as our photo of the week.

    Marines, sniper rifles, and ... balloons? Link to full video: http://ow.ly/JQ1dh Marines assigned to the Camp Foster Provost Marshal's Office Special Reaction Team shoot colorful balloons under physical stress as part of sniper training at Range 22, Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan Feb. 24, 2015. (U.S. Marine Corps video by Sgt. Matthew Callahan/Released)

    The Marine Corps officially announced implementation of the Squad Leader Development Program and the new 0365 squad leader primary military occupational specialty today. Participating infantrymen will be eligible to receive a bonus and new MOS. Corporals will be promoted to sergeant upon acceptance into the program. Read more about the program: http://go.usa.gov/3xHwQ

    U.S. Army Gen. John J. “Black Jack” Pershing said this after witnessing the Marines' tenacity during the Battle of Belleau Wood in 1918.

    Badass Alert British Army Lance Cpl. Joshua Leakey braved heavy Taliban fire in order to aid injured Marine Capt. Brandon Bocian, becoming the only living British recipient of the Victoria Cross for service in Afghanistan. The Victoria Cross is the highest British military honor. Lance Cpl. Leakey showed complete disregard for his own safety and ran to the wounded officer despite being under attack from 20 Taliban. Read More: http://ow.ly/JQ7qc Give him one.

    Monday got you down? Give us 20 seconds and we'll give you all the motivation you need for the week ahead. Marines at the demolitions range drop the bass.

    The Marine Corps Security Cooperation Group helps Georgian soldiers in their final exercise before their deployment to Afghanistan. "I feel as though the team as a whole has built a great rapport and long-standing relationship with the Georgians, and it will pay dividends for the rest of our deployment." — 1st Lt. Edmund Horace, Infantry Officer (U.S. Marine Corps video by Cpl. Taylor Schrick/Released)

    Sweepin' — — — Lance Cpl. Mike Leatherman, a combat engineer with Battalion Landing Team, 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 24th MEU, checks for improvised explosive devices while leading a patrol during a training exercise at Udairi Range, Kuwait, Feb. 22, 2015. A contingent of MEU Marines is ashore in Kuwait as part of scheduled sustainment training. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Todd F. Michalek/Released)

    A Quick Reaction Force with 1st Law Enforcement Battalion train with machine gun drills, vehicle formations, and tactical site exploitation to combat imminent "enemy threats" during I Marine Expeditionary Force Exercise 2015. Read More: http://go.usa.gov/3cAR9 MEFEX-15 is a ten-day MEF-level exercise that tests training and readiness to deploy in support of combatant command operations at Camp Pendleton Scout, California.

    Give us 15 seconds and we'll tell you all you need to know about the Corps' latest news. This week's headlines include the Sgt. Maj. Green's relief and appointment ceremony, a reminder about the Corpswide seasonal uniform change, and information about the Integrated Task Force creating gender-neutral job and training standards in 29 Palms. Link to full episode: http://ow.ly/JHgsb

    "The Commandant's Own," The United States Marine Drum & Bugle Corps is symbolic of the Corps' professionalism, discipline, and espirit de corps. It travels more than 50,000 miles a year and is the only full-time active duty drum corps in the United States Armed Forces. Watch the full #HouseOfCards-style video and see if they are performing near you: http://ow.ly/JJbDY (U.S. Marine Corps video by Staff Sgt. Oscar L. Olive IV/Released)

    You voted and this week's Corps Top Shot comes from Sgt. Emmanuel Ramos. He captured An AV-8B Harrier with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 161 (Reinforced), 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, preparing to take off aboard the USS Essex during Amphibious Squadron/Marine Expeditionary Unit Integration Training off the coast of San Diego, Feb. 24, 2015.

    Fire Pit — — — Marines extinguish a fuel fire at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma during live-burn training Feb. 21, 2015. The Marines worked together to contain and extinguish the fire. The Marines are with ARFF, MCAS Futenma, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force/Marine Corps Installations Pacific (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Lance Cpl. Janessa K. Pon/Released)

    The week's best photos from around the Corps. Help select the "Corps Top Shot" by liking, commenting on or sharing your favorite image. The image with the most combined hits by the end of the day will be crowned as our photo of the week.

    No door? No problem. Combat engineers are making their own doors during urban breaching training aboard Camp Lejeune. Read More: http://go.usa.gov/3cbBe (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Michelle Reif/Released)

    Marines are bringing in the big guns and sending the Howitzer down range to destroy, neutralize and suppress the enemy. Read More: http://go.usa.gov/3cBCF

    Protect the House — — — Marines with the 24th MEU participate in a vertical assault raid exercise at Udairi Range in Kuwait, Feb. 16, 2015. A contingent of MEU Marines is ashore in Kuwait as part of scheduled sustainment training. The 24th MEU is embarked on the ships of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group and deployed to maintain regional security in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Todd F. Michalek/Released)

    Aircraft Fire Rescue Marines are battling the blaze during training to prepare for real-world scenarios. "This is a fire. This is a living, breathing thing. Get them in there and start putting into motion what we've talked about." — Sgt. Shane Phelps, Aircraft Rescue Assistant Section Leader Full Video: http://ow.ly/JvS6m

    A look into the life of the man responsible for the first flag raised during the battle of Iwo Jima. Read more: http://go.usa.gov/3crUk Before the unforgettable image of the flag raising on Mt. Suribachi was taken, a smaller flag was flown. 1st Lt. George Greeley Wells' carried this flag from the day he checked in to the moment Old Glory whipped in the wind atop the volcanic mountain.

    Watch live as "The President's Own" United States Marine Band performs live as they honor the brave men and women of America's "Greatest Generation." Link to Live Stream: http://www.marineband.marines.mil/

    Monday got you down? Give us 20 seconds and we'll give you all the motivation you need for the week ahead. Marines take it to the skies when training to provide aerial support to the Corps' ground combat element.

    On this day 70 years ago, Marines raised the flag atop Mt. Suribachi. "The raising of that flag on Suribachi means a Marine Corps for the next five hundred years." — James Forrestal, Secretary of the Navy

    A 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing F/A-18 Hornet, based out of Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C., crashed earlier today near Statenville, Ga. The two members of the aircrew ejected safely and were treated for minor injuries at South Georgia Medical Center,

    A 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing F/A-18 Hornet, based out Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C., crashed earlier today near Statenville, Ga. The two members of the aircrew ejected safely and were treated for minor injuries at South Georgia Medical Center in Valdosta, Ga. There are no reports of injuries to anyone on the ground. Personnel from Moody Air Force Base's 23d Wing responded to the scene and assisted the Georgia Forestry Commission and Echols County fire and sheriff departments, which initially responded to the accident location. The crash site has been cordoned off by military officials. The cause of the mishap is currently under investigation.

    Deployed or home, the "Warlords" aboard Camp Lejeune waste no time maintaining critical infantry skills. Read More: http://go.usa.gov/336FB “The infantry is the heart of the Marine Corps. We’re a fighting organization and this is what we do.” — 1st Lt. Jon Sanko, platoon commander (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Kirstin Merrimarahajara/Released)

    Exercise Cobra Gold 2015 brings Marines and the Royal Thai Air Force together to improve readiness and our ability to operate as an international team. Read More: http://go.usa.gov/33AsY (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Mandaline Hatch/Released)

    Bloody Bearing — — — Lance Cpl. Corey Aaron, a color guard Marine attached to Marine Barracks Washington, holds steady through sub-zero wind chill during the sergeant major of the Marine Corps relief and appointment ceremony at the Marine Corps War Memorial, Feb. 20, 2015. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Clayton Filipowicz/Released)

    This morning, Sgt. Maj. Ronald Green became the 18th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps. Green relieved Sgt. Maj. Micheal Barrett, who retired after 34 years of honorable service to our Corps. Welcome aboard, Sgt. Maj. Green and semper fidelis, Sgt. Maj. Barrett. (U.S. Marine Corps photos by Sgt. Ally Beiswanger, Cpl. Clayton Filipowicz and Lance Cpl. Remington Hall/Released)

    Today, Sgt. Maj. Ronald Green becomes the 18th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, relieving Sgt. Maj. Micheal Barrett after 34 years of honorable service. Stream the ceremony live: https://www.dvidshub.net/webcast/5895#.VN4frebF8wS The relief and appointment is being held at the Marine Corps War Memorial at 10 a.m.

    Just Now In 2° weather, Iwo Jima veterans honored the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima, one of the bloodiest battles in our history, with a wreath laying ceremony at the Marine Corps War Memorial. "Today's Marines are very proud to follow in the footsteps of the Marines of Iwo Jima. We pledge to you to keep the spirit of Iwo Jima alive." — Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., Commandant of the Marine Corps (U.S. Marine Corps photos by Cpl. Clayton Filipowicz and Lance Cpl. Remington Hall/Released)

    Today marks the 70th anniversary of the historic Battle of Iwo Jima. The remembrance ceremony is being held at Marine Barracks Washington 8th & I today at 10 AM. Stream the ceremony live: http://www.defense.gov/live/ After five days of fighting, Marines and a U.S. Navy corpsman raised the flag atop Mt. Suribachi.

    Shouldered Shells — — — A gunner with Alpha Company, 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, prepares the ammunition for the Light Armored Vehicle-25 during their semi-annual gunner qualification on shooting range 7 aboard Camp Lejeune, Feb. 13, 2015. The crew members must work together as one team in order to be successful during the six rounds of qualifications. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Michelle Reif/Released)

    In the piney woods and live-fire ranges of North Carolina, the Marine Corps has launched an unusual experiment that puts a feminine face on some of its fiercest war-fighting units.

    The services have until January to open all jobs or prove why an exemption should be granted. Take a closer look at how the Marine Corps is conducting research to see how to best integrate women into ground combat arms units and specialties. "The Secretary of Defense gave us approximately three years to conduct this research and figure out how to best implement our plan. The Marine Corps is taking a very deliberate approach." — Capt. Maureen Krebs, Force Integration Plan public affairs officer

    America's 911 Forces working together in Virginia. CBIRF Marines with the technical rescue platoon practice lifesaving skills with firefighters from Henrico County Division of Fire. The Chemical Biological Incident Response Force responds to chemical, biological, radiological and high-yield explosive incidents. Link to full video: http://ow.ly/IXxgH

    Monday got you down? Give us 20 seconds and we'll give you all the motivation you need for the week ahead. Marines and Romanian soldiers with the Black Sea Rotational Force combine weapons to engage targets.

    Fire Flight — — — Lance Cpl. Clinton Lehner, a crew chief with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 369 “Gunfighters,” fires a GAU-17/A minigun toward a target at the Chocolate Mountain Aerial Gunnery Range, California, Jan. 29, 2015. The Gunfighters conducted close air support missions as part of the annual training exercise, Scorpion Fire. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Brendan King/Released)

    Rock the Boat — — — U.S. Marines with Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct a live fire exercise on the flight deck of the USS Bonhomme Richard, at sea, Feb. 10, 2015. The Marines conducted the training in order to maintain their marksmanship skills while on their spring patrol of the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by GySgt Ismael Pena/Released)

    Leave it to Doc to get hypothermia on purpose. Corpsmen with the 2nd Marine Logistics Group endured freezing waters and self-induced hypothermia during a training exercise in Mountain Warfare Training Center - United States Marine Corps, California. Full video: http://ow.ly/IY0gu

    Who needs Cupid when you have dress blues. Happy Valentine's Day, Marines.

    Marines and their Republic of Korea Marine Corps counterparts rappel, climb and patrol during Korean Marine Exchange Program 15-17. Read More: http://go.usa.gov/3q99C "It’s interesting to come out here and share what we know with each other." — Sgt. Nathan A. Bretz, a machine gunner with III Marine Expeditionary Force/Marine Corps Installations Pacific. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Cedric Haller/Released)

    Give us 15 seconds and we'll tell you all you need to know about the Corps' latest news. This week's headlines include the Sgt. Maj. Green's relief and appointment ceremony, Exercise Cobra Gold 15 kicks off in Thailand, and a reminder about the prototype female dress blues survey. Link to full episode: http://ow.ly/J1cI5 Link to survey: https://usmcsurveys.natick.army.mil/ (CAC required)

    You voted and this week's Corps Top Shot comes from Cpl. Todd F. Michalek. He captured Marines with 24th MEU communicating with a U.S. Army pilot aboard a UH-60 Blackhawk as it airlifts simulated casualties during medical evacuation training at Udairi Range, Kuwait, Feb. 5, 2015.

    Training Mishap Aboard The Combat Center at Twentynine Palms: Twenty-two Marines sustained injures today while conducting training aboard the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California. All Marines are in stable condition. Marines and sailors of 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, were participating in Integrated Training Exercise 2-15 when a fire extinguisher system located within their Assault Amphibious Vehicle inadvertently discharged. Those requiring medical treatment are receiving care at local medical facilities and are currently in stable condition. For additional information, please contact the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Public Affairs Office at 760-830-6213, SMBPLMSWEBPAO@usmc.mil, or follow their Twitter feed @CombatCenterPAO.