Talk:United States Marine Corps

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Al Anbar occupation[edit]

It would be good if the article could explain more how a branch of service whose purported mission is to project expeditionary power from water ended up serving as an occupation army in the middle of the desert.Sylvain1972 (talk) 01:26, 16 December 2012 (UTC)

That mission changed with the deployment of the 5th Marine Brigade, which formed half of the US Army's 2nd Division in France during WWI. Moskin's History of the United States Marine Corps, Krulak's First to Fight and many others chronicle this in detail. Marines served in the post-war occupation of Germany (WWI) and Japan (WWII). — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:44, 11 April 2013 (UTC)

It was actually the 4th Marine Brigade, consisting of the 5th and 6th Marine Regiments and the 6th Machine Gun Battalion, but more to the point, you are correct that Marines have long been used in non-naval campaigns and occupation duty. In fact, the Marines performed non-naval duty in the Revolution, Barbary War, War of 1812, both Seminole Wars, Mexican War (including occupation duty in Mexico and California), Civil War, Philippine Insurection, Boxer Rebellion, and the Banana Wars. Lastly, I would remind Sylvain1872 of the USMC Congressionally mandated mission to perform "Such other duties as the President may direct," the only Branch of Service so tasked by US Code.CobraDragoon (talk) 02:33, 28 March 2015 (UTC)

"The" Honorable Ray Mabus[edit]

Every style manual requires "The" when using Honorable in a title. The US Navy protocol manual requires it as well. OPNAVINST 1710.7.Revmqo (talk) 02:55, 28 December 2012 (UTC)

That's fine and matches The Honourable. But Wikipedia has its own policies such as MOS/Abbreviations to help with consistency across articles. -Fnlayson (talk) 19:34, 3 January 2013 (UTC)

Time line of the Corps[edit]

The U.S. Marine corps is not the same as the Continental Marine Corps just as the U.S. Army is not the same as the continental Army to suggest they are the same thing is false.The Continentals were disbanded after the revolution . The Corps was created by the first U.S. congress first then the Army then later the Navy. Several articles about the creation of the services are misleading and need to be corrected.

Glenn Vicker

P.S. I will not cite my sources they are to obvious to need citation. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:40, 28 September 2013 (UTC)

Another point of revisionist history is this from the info box:
Active: 10 November 1775 – present
(238 years, 7 months)
There are two problems with that:
- There was no USMC in 1775 (there was not even a USA). As Glenn highlights above, there was the Continental Marines. While a legacy organization, it is not the same organization.
- This legacy organization along with the USMC was NOT around for 238 years continuously.
I just fixed this mistake in the infobox.--Concord hioz (talk) 23:21, 3 July 2014 (UTC)


Should we add something to the WO section about Battalion Gunners? Bstoopmarine (talk) 09:23, 17 August 2014 (UTC)

No, that is covered under Infantry Weapons Officer in the Billet Description and Core Competencies section. Also, the battalion infantry weapons officer is a billet, not a rank.CobraDragoon (talk) 14:12, 27 March 2015 (UTC)

add the USMC's Order of Battle?[edit]

It would be helpful to add the USMC's Order of Battle. How the USMC organizes it's fire teams, squads, platoons, companies, battalions, regiments, divisions, etc...

I came to the wiki page to find out more about the USMC's unique structure in that regard, specifically how the battalions and regiments are numbered within their divisions, but that information wasn't present. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:12, 6 January 2015 (UTC)

See Organization of the United States Marine Corps under the Ground Combat Elements (GCE) section.CobraDragoon (talk) 14:17, 27 March 2015 (UTC)

Personnel needs to be updated[edit]

Saergeant Major Ronald L. Green is the current incumbent of the position of Seargant Major of the Marine Corps. The picture and text needs to be updated. Evan Simoneaux (talk) 16:06, 26 February 2015 (UTC)