The Fighting Spirit Lives within Every Marine

Marine Corps Recruiting Command. (November 7, 2016) — Ask any Marine what it is about their bond with other Marines and you will likely hear a similar story—the story of the fighting spirit of the Marine Corps, how it has been carried from Marine to Marine, from generation to generation. Marines of today and tomorrow unite under a common cause: the commitment to our nation and each other.

"The Marine Corps is just a unique entity," said Dr. Kenneth Dunn, retired Col, USMC. "It's a unique organization...the fighting spirit that is 'don't give up, give 100 percent effort.'"

From the day a recruit sets foot on the yellow footprints, he or she begins to learn what it means to be ready at all times, under any circumstance, to challenge an opposition and overcome any enemy force. They are taught to work as a team and always look out for their fellow Marine.

"It's more of a mindset to overcome challenges, the ability to overcome and adapt. We are trained that no matter what obstacles are put in front of us, we have the resources and tools, and the teamwork behind it, that we can overcome it," said Capt Evita Chapman. "That's where that trust and confidence, knowing what our capabilities are, and the capabilities of our Marines, that drive us forward."

The team bond formed early on allows Marines to move as one in battle and find brotherhood with Marines, even those they've just met, anywhere in the world.

"I think it goes back to how we are raised in the Marine Corps. It is having that common bond of having our traditions, our core values, and that's what makes us stronger," said Capt Chapman.  "Are we fighting for the country and for our Corps? Yes, but we're fighting for the men and women next to us, our brothers, our sisters, and I think that's what draws us out is that warrior spirit. I know every Marine next to me, no matter where they come from, is bound by that Eagle, Globe and Anchor. And that's what drives the force."

Marines are taught not only the logistical and tactical requirements of their missions, but also the more intangible commitment they all made, and continue to make, to the legacy of the Corps. Through every ceremony, drill, competition or combat mission, Marines are always willing to engage where engagement is needed and to overcome when success is the only option. This, at its heart, is the fighting spirit Marines share.

"That spirit of Semper Fidelis and Always Faithful, that is something that is bred into you throughout those training evolutions and the people you're around," said Capt Kenneth Johnson.

Like the connection shared between Marines, Americans also have a connection to the Marine Corps because the men and women that make up its forces are drawn from every neighborhood and community in the country.

"Marine Corps, I believe, is tied into the DNA in this country. We are not the special forces...we are an elite form of kind of a everyman's military, every person's military," said BGen Paul Kennedy.

The fighting spirit story is one of having a willingness to rise to any occasion.

"We don't quit, we don't stop until the job is done, so that's the spirit of the fight that we have inside ourselves," said Capt Johnson. "To make sure we see things through to the end."