Our Purpose

A commitment upheld with conviction

We Make Marines. We win our nation's battles. We develop quality citizens. And we continue to stand strong as America's expeditionary force in readiness.

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Our Purpose

Strategic Warrior

At all times focused, alert and in control

In an instant, missions, conditions and circumstances can change. Regardless of the situation, or sudden shift in it, Marines train to improvise, adapt and overcome so they can respond quickly.

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Strategic Warrior

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

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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Leadership Traits

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


Initial Strength Test

In order to begin recruit training, aspiring Marines must pass the Initial Strength Test (IST).

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Physical Fitness Test

All Marines are required to pass an annual Physical Fitness Test (PFT).

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Combat Fitness Test

The CFT is a 300-point test with an emphasis on functional fitness related to operational demands.

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    Blood, Boxing, Corps: Father, Son Bound by More than Family - News

    For Teddy Randolph Sr. and his son Teddy Randolph Jr., bloodlines are not the only thing that binds them together. Both men are also bound by the title 'Marine' and the love they share for boxing. 

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    Embassy Reinforcement: Crisis Response Marines Sharpen Skills in Portugal - News

    The U.S. Marines kept their weapons trained on the suspect as they closed in on him in the parking lot of the embassy. One Marine cautiously approached the man to search him for weapons while the other Marines in the unit kept their weapons up, ready to engage the intruder and protect embassy personnel.

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    Why the Marines? The Pride, Skill and Challenge - News

    Winston Churchill said, "I am convinced there is no smarter, handier or more adaptable body of troops in the world [than the United States Marines]. Always spick and span, ready at an instant's notice for duty. The nation owes them a great debt."

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    Passions Followed, Music Made in the Marine Corps - News

    A dedicated musician is a driven artist; most look for the opportunity to perform under bright lights on stage in front of large crowds for the rest of their lives. Every steadfast musician, no matter the instrument, waits for the day when they can say the countless hours of practice, the performances big and small, the blisters and callouses formed on their hands, and the dedication it took to put their music above anything else finally paid off.

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    Former Marine Astronaut Leading Flight Plans For NASA's Mission - News

    Though a great and many challenges tried his determination, Charles "Charlie" Bolden, the 12th and current Administrator of NASA, rose among the few and proud to become one of the most successful Marines in modern history.

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    Marines Bring Fight in Close - News

    Marines of Company A, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, honed their skills in a close quarter battle team trainer at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, March 8, 2016.

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    New Marine Joins Marine Corps to Help Others in Need - News

    Private First Class Armando Sajbin, Echo Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, realized that joining the Marine Corps would provide him an opportunity to make a difference in dangerous places around the world.

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    Marine Veteran Finds Second Act in Classroom - News

    Ask Sequoia Aldridge what prompted her to join the Marine Corps, she'll quickly tell you that as a high school senior in 1984, unsure of where she was going, it was the recruiter. Introduced by a friend, she says the sharp and decisive nature of the recruiter was what convinced her that becoming a Marine would be the right choice.

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    Raid Leaders Course Teaches Marines Urban Combat Skills - News

    Marines are no strangers to urban combat. From as far back as the Battle of Chapultepec, to the Battle of Hue City during the Vietnam War, to the more contemporary urban battles of Fallujah and Ramadi during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Marines have been kicking down doors in every clime and place.

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    Keeping Rotors Spinning: Aviation Mechanics Keep 26th MEU Ready - News

    The 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit isn't just an expeditionary force in readiness. It's an all-purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force capable of responding to a range of military operations with the right force, at the right time, in the right place. To meet these demands, it is imperative that each of the combat elements of the MEU are fully mission capable.

  • 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.

    Pacific Marines: The Force is strong with this one. (U.S. Marine Corps photo illustration by Sgt. Erik Estrada and Cpl. Wesley Timm)

    Pacific Marines have mastered the Force Knife Hand.

    Beachside Staff Sgt. Nicholas Davidson, a Crew Chief and Weapons and Tactics Instructor assigned Heavy Marine Helicopter 463 III MEF Marines, looks out the back of a CH-53E flying over Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay, April 27. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Ricky S. Gomez/Released)

    Marine Corps Statement on Iwo Jima Photo Review: The Marine Corps is reviewing information provided by the Smithsonian Channel related to Joe Rosenthal's AP photograph of the second flag raising on Iwo Jima. Our history is important to us, and even today, this iconic image still represents the fighting spirit of Marines and is a symbol of the tremendous accomplishments of our Corps. As such, with the information and research provided by the Smithsonian Channel, who used advanced digital technology to examine battle footage, the Marine Corps decided to review their photo-enhancements, film analysis, and findings. This review is still ongoing. Joe Rosenthal's photo captured a single moment in the 36-day battle during which more than 6,500 US servicemen made the ultimate sacrifice, and it is representative of the more than 70,000 U.S. Marines, Sailors, Soldiers and Coast Guardsmen who contributed to the battle. We continue to be humbled by the service and sacrifice of all who fought on Iwo Jima.

    11th Marine Expeditionary Unit Marines jump off 40-foot platforms, swim 500 meters and fast rope into the water to qualify for the MEU's Maritime Raid Force.

    The Marine Security Guard Security Augmentation Unit came into existence after the attacks on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya. MSAU’s Primary Mission is to provide random and periodic augmentation to MSG Detachments during pre-crises and periods of increased threat. See the full video: https://youtu.be/DWl67egtoVk


    Know your part. Do your part. Every Marine is a leader, and leaders have a responsibility to stop and prevent retaliation. We must keep the faith of those we lead and serve with. If you see or experience restriction, reprisal, ostracism, or maltreatment – by either your superiors or your peers – visit this Inspector General of the Marine Corps web site to submit a report: http://go.usa.gov/cuRq4

    Give us 20 seconds, and we'll give you all the motivation you need for the week ahead. This week, U.S. and Filipino Marines conduct live-fire drills.

    This week's headlines include earthquake relief efforts with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, Christian Fagala becomes the Military Child of the Year, and an update about moving expenses and Government Travel Charge Card use. Full Video: https://youtu.be/Hu6gu8OjJ0A

    The show is now full-throttle and available to view on YouTube Live at the link below!

    Watch the MCAS Cherry Point air show live on YouTube! This air show celebrates the 75th anniversary of Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point.

    49 Days, Over 80 Aircraft, 2,700 Flight Hours The Weapons Tactics Instructor Course trains Marines to become experts of combat. Full Video: https://youtu.be/7A3D2WZQj0k

    Counterintelligence/Human Intelligence Specialists identify threats from persons engaged in espionage, sabotage, subversion, or terrorism and collect information through debriefings, screenings, and liaison operations. A LATMOVE to the 0211 field is available to first-term Marines with an EAS prior to September 30, 2016. Contact your career planner or see MARADMIN 293/15 for more info: http://go.usa.gov/cu8GV

    A Knight and his Stallion Marines with 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit conducted CH-53 Super Stallion recovery operations April 12, 2016 aboard the USS San Antonio. The 22nd MEU and Amphibious Squadron Six are underway for Amphibious Ready Group/MEU exercises. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Ryan Young/Released)

    You voted and this week's top shot comes from Cpl. Ryan Coleman. He captured this photo of Marines, with 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, firing stinger simulation rounds aboard the USS Wasp.

    AN UNTOLD STORY OF AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE. #HMLA167 #Huey #Cobra HMLA-167 Marine Aircraft Group 36 1st Marine Aircraft Wing Marine Aircraft Group 29 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing II Marine Expeditionary Force U.S. Marine Corps Video by Cpl Isaac Ibarra and Cpl. Will Hester

    III MEF Marines are keeping birds in the sky.

    The week's best photos from around the Corps. Help selecting 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.

    "Our enemy is not always readily identifiable." In the next minute we will show you how Marines capture enemy high value targets.

    Watch these Marines with 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit handle the dangers of combat in urban terrain.



    Lance Cpl. Jamen Miller gives us an inside look into the life of a Body Bearer. Full Video: https://youtu.be/f9SzHRlGRXE

    Night Ops 2nd Marine Raider Battalion, Marine Raider Regiment set up communication during a night raid exercise at landing zone Dodo, Arizona, April 21. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Zachary M. Ford)

    Lessons learned at the 2016 Annual Pool Function. #RSFreddie #Knowledge

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    Give us 20 seconds, and we'll give you all the motivation you need for the week ahead. This week, Raiders with Marine Corps Special Operations Command light up the range.

    Marines with 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit face their fears as they fast-rope from helicopters in the Arabian Sea. (Video by Sgt. Paris Capers/ Released)