Equipment

Ready—and equipped—to face any mission
 

Marines have a reputation of doing more with less, but this doesn't mean Marines have less than they need. Rather, it means there is less slowing them down. When the success of a mission depends on the speed it takes to get to the fight, less is more. From our weapons and gear to our vehicles and aircraft, Marines bring only what's required to accomplish each mission.

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MISSION READY

To maintain a constant state of maximum readiness, the Marine Corps ensures that almost all of its equipment can be loaded and transported aboard the amphibious ships of a Marine Expeditionary Unit. When needed, every piece of gear the MEU carries can be launched to shore by heavy-lift helicopter, amphibious assault vehicle or U.S. Navy landing craft. Space aboard these ships is at a premium, and careful planning is required to accommodate the tanks, trucks, armored vehicles, aircraft, weapons and gear Marines will need to respond to any threat that may arise around the globe.

DEFINED BY MORE

If you had to define the Marine Corps using only a single word, that word wouldn't be tanks. Or jets. Or ships. It could only be "Marines." We are a warrior class that cannot be defined solely by the weapons we carry or the machines that carry us. Rather, it is the title we earn and the difference we make that distinguishes every Marine. 

EQUIPMENT BEFITTING OF A MARINE

If it negatively affects mobility, it doesn't belong in the Marine Corps' inventory. This point was made clear in 2008 when then Commandant General Conway cancelled orders for a Modular Tactical Vest (MTV) that Marines found cumbersome, heavy and interfering with normal body movements. In early 2011, the Marine Corps began replacing the MTV with the Improved Modular Tactical Vest (IMTV) that is both lighter and less restrictive.