The Marines who make up our Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) provide our Nation with a variety of response options, coordinating teams of ground, air, logistics, and cyberspace assets under a central command that is built to conduct a full range of operations. Due to the flexibility, scalability, maneuverability, and adaptability of the MAGTF’s organizational structure, Marines remain ready to fight battles around the world at a moment’s notice.
The Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) is the embodiment of the MAGTF at its most elemental level, a self-contained, forward-deployed response force. Embarked aboard amphibious assault ships, each MEU maintains a constant state of readiness, enabling Marine commanders to plan and launch a wide array of missions within six hours. Watch the video to learn more about the role Marines serve who are assigned to a MEU.
The organizational structure of the MAGTF provides our Nation with capabilities that are as distinct as they are decisive. In response to global conflicts and disasters, the MAGTF enables Marines to deliver rapid, powerful, and sustainable response on a global scale. Sea-to-shore, air-to-ground, door-to-door, there isn’t an organizational model more capable of quickly putting Marines where they need to be in order to fight and win for our country.
Forward deployed and often first to arrive at a crisis
2,200 Marines, smallest MAGTF unit
Extremely versatile, quick to respond
Composition: Battalion Landing Team; Composite Helicopter Squadron; Combat Logistics Batallion
Commanded by a Colonel
Supplied for 15 days
Task organized for specific missions
4,000 - 16,000 Marines
Increased firepower and aviation assets
Composition: Regimental-size Ground Combat Element; Aircraft Group; Combat Logistics Regiment
Commanded by a Brigadier General
Supplied for 30 days
Primary warfighting force for larger operations
46,000 - 90,000 Marines
Currently three active MEFs (CA, NC, Japan)
Composition: Marine Division; Marine Aircraft Wing; Marine Logistics Group
Commanded by a Lieutenant General
Supplied for 60 days
Marines have the amphibious capabilities to reach battlefields traditional forces cannot and have the equipment to operate without ports, airstrips, or significant infrastructure. It isn’t enough to get Marines ashore, however. Marines must have the firepower and resources to carry the day upon arrival. Within the structure of the MAGTF, Marines have the will, the determination, and the capability to deploy to battles around the world within six hours.