Ground combat element

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In the United States Marine Corps, the Ground combat element is the land force of a Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF). It provides power projection and force for the MAGTF.

Role within the MAGTF[edit]

The GCE has the mission of locating, closing with and destroying the enemy with fire and maneuver and repelling the enemies assault with fire and close combat. It provides infantry, armor, artillery, reconnaissance, anti-tank and other combat arms. Often, a GCE will have organic combat engineers, snipers, forward air controllers, communication and other support functions attached.

Organization[edit]

The size of the GCE varies in proportion to the size of the MAGTF. A Marine Expeditionary Force has a division (MARDIV). A Marine Expeditionary Brigade holds an infantry Regiment, often reinforced with equipment and personnel from units (such as armor and artillery). The various Marine Expeditionary Units command a reinforced infantry battalion. Generally, MEF postings are permanent, while MEBs and MEUs rotate their GCE, ACE, and LCE twice annually.

Hierarchy of Marine ground units[edit]

1st Marine Division[edit]

GCE of I Marine Expeditionary Force
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Battalion Name Insignia Nickname
Headquarters Battalion 1st Marine Division
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Standard Bearers

1st Marine Regiment[edit]

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Battalion Name Insignia Nickname
1st Battalion 1st Marines
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First of the First
2nd Battalion 1st Marines
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The Professionals
3rd Battalion 1st Marines
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Thundering Third
1st Battalion 4th Marines
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The China Marines

5th Marine Regiment[edit]

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Battalion Name Insignia Nickname
1st Battalion 5th Marines
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Geronimo
2nd Battalion 5th Marines
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Raiders
3rd Battalion 5th Marines
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Darkhorse
2nd Battalion 4th Marines
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The Magnificent Bastards

7th Marine Regiment[edit]

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Battalion Name Insignia Nickname
1st Battalion 7th Marines
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First Team
2nd Battalion 7th Marines
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War Dogs
3rd Battalion 7th Marines
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The Cutting Edge
3rd Battalion 4th Marines
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Darkside

11th Marine Regiment[edit]

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Battalion Name Insignia Nickname
1st Battalion 11th Marines
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2nd Battalion 11th Marines
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3rd Battalion 11th Marines
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5th Battalion 11th Marines
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Other 1st Marine Division battalions[edit]

Battalion Name Insignia Nickname
1st Tank Battalion
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1st Tanks
1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion
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Highlander
3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion
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Wolfpack
1st Reconnaissance Battalion
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1st Combat Engineer Battalion
1ST CEB insignia.png
The Super Breed
3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion
3rdAAVinsignia.jpg
3rd Tracks

2nd Marine Division

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GCE of II Marine Expeditionary Force
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Battalion Name Insignia Nickname
Headquarters Battalion 2nd Marine Division
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2nd Marine Regiment[edit]

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Battalion Name Insignia Nickname
1st Battalion 2nd Marines
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Timberwolf
2nd Battalion 2nd Marines
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Warlords
3rd Battalion 2nd Marines
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Betio Bastards
3rd Battalion 9th Marines
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Shadow Warriors

6th Marine Regiment[edit]

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Battalion Name Insignia Nickname
1st Battalion 6th Marines
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'1/6 HARD'
2nd Battalion 6th Marines
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The Ready Battalion
3rd Battalion 6th Marines
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Teufelhunden
2nd Battalion 9th Marines
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Hell in a Helmet

8th Marine Regiment[edit]

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Battalion Name Insignia Nickname
1st Battalion 8th Marines
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The Beirut Battalion
2nd Battalion 8th Marines
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America's Battalion
3rd Battalion 8th Marines
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1st Battalion 9th Marines
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The Walking Dead

10th Marine Regiment[edit]

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Battalion Name Insignia Nickname
1st Battalion 10th Marines
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Nightmare
2nd Battalion 10th Marines
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Pathfinder Battalion
3rd Battalion 10th Marines
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Seven For One
5th Battalion 10th Marines
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The Five and Dime

Other 2nd Marine Division battalions[edit]

Battalion Name Insignia Nickname
2nd Tank Battalion
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Iron Horse
2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion
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Destroyers
2nd Reconnaissance Battalion
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2nd Combat Engineer Battalion
2nd CEB insignia.jpg
2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion
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2nd Tracks

3rd Marine Division

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GCE of III Marine Expeditionary Force
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Battalion Name Insignia Nickname
Headquarters Battalion 3rd Marine Division
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3rd Marine Regiment[edit]

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Battalion Name Insignia Nickname
1st Battalion 3rd Marines
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Lava Dogs
2nd Battalion 3rd Marines
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Nightfighters
3rd Battalion 3rd Marines
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America's Battalion
1st Battalion 12th Marines
USMC - 1ST BN-12TH MAR.png
Note: also administratively part of 12th Marine Regiment

4th Marine Regiment[edit]

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Battalion Name Insignia Nickname
1st Battalion 4th Marines
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The China Marines
Note: part of 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division
2nd Battalion 4th Marines
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The Magnificent Bastards
Note: part of 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division
3rd Battalion 4th Marines
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Third Herd
Note: part of 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division

12th Marine Regiment[edit]

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Battalion Name Insignia Nickname
1st Battalion 12th Marines
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Note: also administratively part of 3rd Marine Regiment
3rd Battalion 12th Marines
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Warrior of the Pacific

Other 3rd Marine Division battalions[edit]

Battalion Name Insignia Nickname
3rd Reconnaissance Battalion
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The Forward Shadow
Combat Assault Battalion
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The Iron Fist

4th Marine Division

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GCE of Marine Forces Reserve
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Battalion Name Insignia Nickname
Headquarters Battalion 4th Marine Division

14th Marine Regiment[edit]

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Battalion Name Insignia Nickname
1st Battalion 14th Marines
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At The Ready
2nd Battalion 14th Marines
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3rd Battalion 14th Marines
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4th Battalion 14th Marines
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5th Battalion 14th Marines
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23rd Marine Regiment[edit]

USMC - 23rd Marine Regiment.png
Battalion Name Insignia Nickname
1st Battalion 23rd Marines
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Fighting Texans
2nd Battalion 23rd Marines
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3rd Battalion 23rd Marines
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24th Marine Regiment[edit]

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Battalion Name Insignia Nickname
1st Battalion 24th Marines
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The Terror from the North
2nd Battalion 24th Marines
The Mad Ghosts
3rd Battalion 24th Marines
3 24 Marines Logo.jpg

25th Marine Regiment[edit]

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Battalion Name Insignia Nickname
1st Battalion 25th Marines
USMC - 1ST BN-25TH MAR.png
New England's Own
2nd Battalion 25th Marines
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3rd Battalion 25th Marines
USMC - 3rd Battalion 25th Marines.png
Cold Steel Warriors

Other 4th Marine Division battalions[edit]

Battalion Name Insignia Nickname
4th Tank Battalion
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Anti-Terrorism Battalion
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4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion
USMC - 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion.png
Iron Horse Marines
4th Reconnaissance Battalion
4thReconBattalioninsignia.png
4th Combat Engineer Battalion
4thCombatEngineerBattalion.jpg
4th Assault Amphibian Battalion
4thAAV.png

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