Community Impact

Making a Difference

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

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Community Impact

Leadership Traits


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

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Leadership Traits


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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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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Semper Fidelis

Service Options

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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Service Options


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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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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Roles in the Corps

There are hundreds of ways to serve.

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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.

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    U.S., Thai Militaries Host Open House For Local Schoolchildren - News

    The Royal Thai Air Force along with U.S. Marines and Navy personnel held Friendship Day, Feb. 13, to allow school children the opportunity to see some of the training the two nations have been engaged in here during Exercise Cobra Gold 2015.

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    Bronx Native Overcomes Adversity, Sets the Standard - News

    Young men and women join the United States military for varying reasons; whether it is for the pride of belonging, the daily challenge, or to simply defend their country. 

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    K-9 Endeavor: Officers Demonstrate Skills for Elementary Students - News

    Officers with the Marine Corps Police Department aboard Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow conducted K-9 demonstrations for kindergartners, first-graders and staff at Endeavor Elementary School, Feb. 4. 

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

    Marines and Partners Heading to Afghanistan! Take a look at how Marines and Georgian Soldiers prepared for their deployment to Afghanistan during their final Mission Rehearsal Exercise over the last month in Hohenfels, Germany. The Georgian Deployment Program, that formally contributed Georgian battalions to ISAF, has transitioned to support NATO's Resolute Support in Afghanistan.

    Approximately 90 Marines and 800 Georgian Soldiers are headed to Afghanistan as part of NATO's Resolute Support Missions — here's a look at how they prepared.

    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: Give him one.

    MARSOC's Recruiting and Screening team is on the West Coast this week, get an inside look into Assessment and Selection.

    See what it takes to become a modern day Marine Raider. MARSOC-Always Faithful-Always Forward screeners begin their West Coast tour at The Combat Center at Twentynine Palms tomorrow. Get an inside look at the assessment and selection process and see the tour dates and locations here:

    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)

    Lift off - In this episode, pilot the AV-8B Harrier using short take offs and vertical landings on the flight deck of the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6).

    Get ready for job envy and take control of an AV-8B Harrier in the latest episode of "Welcome to the MEU." Be sure to follow the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit for more in the series.

    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: 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:

    "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: (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: (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:

    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:

    A look into the life of the man responsible for the first flag raised during the battle of Iwo Jima. Read more: 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:

    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.

    MEU Life --- U.S. Marines with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit conduct confidence training aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif. Feb. 13, 2015. This training helps the 15th MEU familiarize with and build confidence in their gear and equipment as they prepare for their upcoming deployment this spring. Video by Sgt. Jamean Berry Photos and footage by Cpl. Elize McKelvey, Sgt. Emmanuel Ramos and Sgt. Jamean Berry Graphics by Sgt. Jamean Berry

    Gas, Gas, Gas! Marines with 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit train in the gas chamber to ultimately save lives down range.

    Deployed or home, the "Warlords" aboard Camp Lejeune waste no time maintaining critical infantry skills. Read More: “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)