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Military Personnel
    (November 10, 1775- )
    Created by order of the Continental Congress
    Originally a naval infantry unit for the US Navy
    Mission reshaped over the course of its history to a more land-based force
    Fought in the Revolutionary War, the War in 1812, the Mexican-American War, the Indian Wars, the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Persian Gulf War, the Afghanistan campaign and the Iraq War plus dozens of minor actions
    Headed by the Commandant, who is a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
    Composed of 170,000+ active soldiers and 40,000+ reservists
    Puts air, ground and sea capabilities into one cohesive formation
    294 Marines have received the Medal of Honor since 1862, many of them posthumously
    Nicknames include 'jarhead' and 'leatherneck,' both derived from uniforms formerly worn by the Marines
    Famous Marines include Peter Pace, Drew Carey, David M. Shoup, Charles Krulak, John Glenn, Gene Hackman, Dan Rather, John Philip Sousa and Pete Wilson
    Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps is John L. Estrada (2003- )
    32nd Commandant is Gen. Michael W. Hagee (2003- )
    Motto is 'Semper fidelis' (Always Faithful)
    Website is
    Some of its members have used their Marine skills for criminal purposes.
    Most of its recent actions have been largely land-based, but it was intended to fight at sea.
    It was not lead by a general officer until the Civil War.
    It is part of the Department of the Navy but not part of the United States Navy (weird, huh?).
    It has the lowest percentage of women of all the armed forces.
    Lee Harvey Oswald, the man who assassinated John F. Kennedy, was a former Marine.
    It trains heavily for the D-Day type scenario, which is unlikely to be repeated again.
    Even though they train for D-Day, they never even participated in the first one. It was carried out by the US Army.
    Its members have committed countless numbers of heroic acts.
    Marines guard US Embassies, the White House and numerous other government institutions.
    It has never lost a war (it was ordered out of Vietnam, not defeated).
    It emphasizes rifle marksmanship.
    It is actually older than the United States.
    Marines are usually the first soldiers (except for special forces) sent into combat.
    Many of its members remain closely bonded to each other even after leaving the Marines.
    Seven Marines single-handedly overthrew the dictator of Tripoli.
    It arguably has the toughest training of all the armed services.
    It has the best snipers in the US armed forces.

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