What We Do
All Marines know there may come a time when they are the first called upon to fight in defense of our nation and its interests. Marines are ready at a moment’s notice because they are trained, equipped and organized to respond with sound judgment and appropriate force. From combat engagement to humanitarian missions, Marines are our first responders—our nation's 911 force.
"[The Marine Corps] must be the most ready when the nation is generally least ready … to provide a balanced force in readiness for a naval campaign and, at the same time, a ground and air striking force ready to suppress or contain international disturbances short of large-scale war."
—Congressional Mandate, 82nd Congress, 1952
Marines are taught to assess a situation quickly so that they are able to make strategic decisions according to each individual moment. Thinking, acting and moving with a sense of purpose is necessary in order to be victorious in every mission.
Marines are the first to respond in times of crisis all over the world. Hear from Marines who served on these missions firsthand.
When a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck the small island nation of Haiti, Marines fought through the chaos and the overwhelming sense of despair to restore order and deliver aid to the Haitian people.
See the largest offensive operation of the war in Afghanistan and the Marines fighting on the front lines. Follow the Marines during Operation Moshtarak as they drive the Taliban out of Marjah, effectively ending extremists’ two-year rule of the region.
When a 9.0 magnitude earthquake triggered a tsunami off the coast of Japan, Marines from the 31st MEU fought through enormous stress and fatigue to bring help where needed most. Follow the Marines during Operation Tomodachi as they delivered more than 160,000 pounds of relief supplies to those in dire plight.