11 Facts About Marine Corps

1. Since the end of Desert Storm, the Marine Corps has increasingly been involved in "military operations other than war.

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2. In 2007, the Marine Corps joined with the Navy and Coast Guard to adopt a new maritime strategy called A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower that raises the notion of prevention of war to the same philosophical level as the conduct of war.

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3. In general, the Marine Corps shares many resources with the other branches of the United States Armed Forces.

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4. Under his tenure, the Marine Corps took on expeditionary duties in the Caribbean, the Gulf of Mexico, Key West, West Africa, the Falkland Islands, and Sumatra.

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5. The US Marine Corps is one of the four armed service branches in the US Department of Defense and one of the seven uniformed services of the United States.

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6. At the opening of the war, the Marine Corps had 1892 officers and men, but two majors, half the captains, and two-thirds of the lieutenants resigned to join the Confederacy, as did many prominent Army officers.

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7. Between the world wars, the Marine Corps was headed by Major General John A Lejeune, another popular commandant.

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8. The US Marine Corps is older than the United States itself, predating the Declaration of Independence by a year.

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9. On Saturday, the Marine Corps will celebrate its 243rd birthday.

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10. Walt Disney World and the US Marine Corps have teamed up to make the holiday season special for a lot of families.

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11. South Africa Marine Corps was set up as a sub-branch of the South African Navy in 1979, with the primary purpose of protecting harbours.

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