7 Facts About US Marine Corps

1. In 1959, William Rankin, a pilot in the US Marine Corps ejected from his plane at 47,000 feet, above a thunderstorm.

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

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3. The US Marine Corps have not formally announced how many personnel were invovled.

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4. The US Marine Corps operates both rotary-wing and fixed-wing aircraft mainly to provide assault support and close air support to its ground forces.

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5. Every year, over 2,000 new US Marine Corps officers are commissioned, and 38,000 recruits accepted and trained.

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6. The US Marine Corps was involved in over 28 separate interventions in the 30 years from the end of the American Civil War to the end of 19th century.

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7. 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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