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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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This is the ultimate proving ground for those who are driven by purpose, guided by values and aspire to earn the title reserved only for the Few.

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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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There is no better way to get a clear picture of life in the Marine Corps than with a knee-cap to knee-cap conversation with a recruiter who's served.

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A Life Of Distinction

Make a career out of making a difference

The career path of a Marine is both rewarding and enriching. Whether it's as an Enlisted Marine or a Marine Officer, the opportunities to serve are as impressive as the choice to do so.

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Becoming an Enlisted Marine requires the ability to meet the highest standards of moral, mental and physical strength.

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There is a distinct pride that comes with becoming, and being, an officer of Marines.

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Ready to supplement the active-duty forces when needed, the Marine Corps Reserve is critical to the Marine Corps' ability to provide a balanced, prepared force.

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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.

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    Warfighting Lab Promotes Innovation Across Force - News

    The Marine Corps wants to be more innovative. Yes, the organization that has a rich history of innovation is trying to strengthen its culture of innovation across the force and not just on the battlefield or in a crisis. 

  • 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)

    Ready to Fly MV-22B Ospreys assigned to Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron-1 participate in Final Exercise 1 at Strategic Expeditionary Landing Field, Camp Wilson Air Station, The Combat Center at Twentynine Palms,California, April 19. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Summer S. Dowding)

    Marines with 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines, II Marine Expeditionary Force, maneuver through squad attack exercises at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Watch as Squad Leader Sgt. Alexander Johnson leads his Marines through the fundamentals of squad level tactics: buddy rushes. Watch More: https://youtu.be/6xp_-kWtipk

    River Walk Cpl. Kody Biggs, a rifleman with 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, makes his way down river, around a trail that is known to have notional improvised explosive devices during an attack evolution aboard Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, April 20, 2016. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Justin T. Updegraff/ Released)

    Do you know what it takes? #Marines all over the world are asked to complete seemingly impossible tasks, and rarely do they miss the mark.

    Marines with I Marine Expeditionary Force (I MEF) show they have what it takes to get the mission accomplished.

    You voted and this week's top shot comes from Lance Cpl. Carl King. He captured this photo of Cpl. Ethan Small, a recon Marine, providing security while rappelling down a tower on Camp Hansen in Okinawa, Japan.

    The families of the fallen Marines in Chattanooga receive the Purple Heart. Read more: http://go.usa.gov/cuYqQ

    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.

    When Kyushu Island was struck by earthquakes, the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit's response was immediate. The 31st MEU is the only continually forward-deployed MEU and remains the Corps' force-in-readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.

    Lowering Shot Cpl. Ethan Small, a reconnaissance Marine assigned to Maritime Raid Force, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, simulates attacking a target through a window while rappelling down a rappel tower on Camp Hansen in Okinawa, Japan, April 14.. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Carl King Jr.)

    Crisis Response Marines help Spanish Refuel

    Marines enter disaster relief efforts in Kyushu

    Give us 20 seconds, and we'll give you all the motivation you need for the week ahead. This week, Marines kick, push, punch and stab their way towards their red tab.

    These Marines can get a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System off a C-17 and strike a target 40 miles away within 15 minutes. 2nd Battalion, 14th Marines put the Corps' most advanced artillery system to work during Exercise Balikatan.