As fighters in our Nation’s expeditionary force in readiness, Marines carry with them the training and the mindset to respond appropriately when and where our Nation demands. But Marines are also equipped with the tools most conducive to responding at a moment's notice. Only carrying what's needed to accomplish each mission, Marines ensure that the majority of their equipment can be loaded and transported aboard Marine Expeditionary Units. Each vehicle, aircraft, weapon, and piece of gear is ready to be moved into battle quickly and efficiently so that Marines can win convincingly.
As battlefields evolve, so too does the manner in which Marines are armed and equipped. Missions that involve urban room-clearing techniques require different weapons than those necessitating long-distance marksmanship. Watch how the Marine Corps ensures that every Marine’s warfighting capabilities are enhanced with extensive weapons training.
Marine tactical and combat vehicles provide Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) commanders with the protection, payload, and performance to meet the demand of every battle. From sandy coastlines to mountainous hillsides, there’s no place on Earth inaccessible to Marines. Watch to learn about the vehicles that Marines use to maneuver across the full range of battles.
The specially trained Marines who operate Marine aircraft have varied roles but share an identical purpose—supporting Marines fighting on the ground. The complementary integration of fixed-wing, rotary-wing, tilt-rotor, and unmanned aircraft equips Marines with multiple capabilities to engage on any terrain. Marines are first to fight because their uniquely designed aircraft get them there first. Watch to learn more about expertly engineered Marine Aviation aircraft.
Marines are equipped with more than the weapons they fire, the vehicles they drive, and the aircraft they fly. Equally important is the gear that enhances each Marine's mobility, survivability, and situational awareness on the battlefield and in crisis areas of response. This is the gear that is always within reach, equipping our Marines with the tools necessary to win our Nation’s battles and defend its ideals. Interact with the table below to learn about the gear Marines carry.
All deployed Marines are equipped with Ballistic Hearing Protection (BHP), a two-sided, dual-purpose earplug that protects against steady-state noise and impact noise produced from aircraft, vehicles, machinery, gunfire, and explosions. When the yellow side of the earplug is inserted into the ear, the BHP will block loud impulse noise without suppressing critical ambient sounds such as verbal commands. When turned around, so that the green end is inserted into the ear, it provides steady protection against constant, high-level sound sources. It is protective to 190 decibels (dB), which is greater than the noise of a jet fighter during take-off, with afterburners at a distance of 50 feet (130 dB).
The Marine Corps believes in providing Marines with the most advanced personal body armor. The IMTV delivers not only better protection, but also enhanced maneuverability. The new protective equipment provides increased comfort, a more efficient combat load weight distribution, greater ease of weapons handling, and reduced weight. The standard IMTV offers protection against shrapnel and 9mm pistol rounds. Marines are always issued Enhanced Small Arms Protective Inserts, commonly called "SAPI Plates," which fit inside the IMTV and provide protection against rifle rounds.
- Larger neck hole for easier head movement
- Quick release system for rapid discard
- Adjustable protective inserts to reduce arm movement interference
- Shoulder protection designed for greater arm and shoulder mobility
- Easier for Marines to shoulder their rifles
"As good as we are today, we will need to be even better tomorrow to maintain our warfighting overmatch. We will achieve this through the strength of our innovation, ingenuity, and willingness to continually adapt to and initiate changes in the operating environment to affect the behavior of real-world pacing threats."
—General David H. Berger, 38th Commandant of the Marine Corps