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On November 10, 1775, the Continental Congress meeting in Philadelphia passed a resolution stating that "two Battalions of Marines be raised" for service as landing forces with the fleet. This resolution, established the Continental Marines and marked the birth date of the United States Marine Corps.

Today's Marine Corps stands ready to continue in the proud tradition the Marine Corps has.
Combining a long and proud heritage of faithful service to the nation, with the resolve to face tomorrow's challenges will continue to keep the Marine Corps the "best of the best."

HONOR guides Marines to exemplify the ultimate in ethical and moral behavior as detailed in the following list:

  • Obey the law
  • Lead by example
  • Respect yourself and others
  • Maintain a high standard of integrity
  • Support and defend the constitution
  • Uphold special trust and confidence
  • Place faith and honor above all else
  • Honor fellow Marines, the Corps, Country, and Family.

The qualities of maturity, dedication, trust and dependability commit Marines to act responsibly; to be accountable for their actions; and to fulfill their obligations.

COURAGE is the mental, moral and physical strength ingrained in Marines. Courage is the ability to do the right thing, in the right way, for the right reasons. It carries Marines through the challenges of combat and aids them in overcoming fear. It is the inner strength that enables a Marine to do what is right; to adhere to a higher standard of personal conduct; to lead by example; and to make tough decisions under stress and pressure.

COMMITMENT is the spirit of determination and dedication found in Marines. It leads to the highest order of discipline for individuals and units. It is the ingredient that enables 24-hour-a-day dedication to the Corps and country. It inspires the unrelenting determination to achieve a standard of excellence in every endeavor.

The Crucible
The Crucible is the final test a recruit must pass before being welcomed into the Marine Corps. Designed to emphasize the importance of teamwork in overcoming adversity, the Crucible is a rigorous 54-hour field training exercise demanding application of everything a recruit has learned in the previous 13 weeks of Recruit Training. Throughout the Crucible, recruits are faced with continuous physical and mental challenges that must be accomplished before advancing further.
Following the Crucible, the recruits are treated to a "Warrior's Breakfast" and look forward to graduation ceremonies where they are formally recognized as Marines in front of their family and friends.

Eagle, Globe, and Anchor
The Marine emblem - Eagle, Globe and Anchor - symbolizes distant service under the American eagle by air, land and sea, representing the United States' interests "in every clime and place." The symbol was adopted in 1868 and is perhaps the most recognized insignia in the world.

Accepting the challenges of the future
The Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory was created in 1995 to evaluate change, assess the impact of new technologies on warfighting, and expedite the introduction of new capabilities into the operating forces of the Marine Corps. Exercises such as "Hunter Warrior," and "Urban Warrior" were designed to explore future tactical concepts, and to examine facets of military operations in urban environments.

Marine Corps Flag
Marine Corps Flag

Combat Training, photo by Sgt. R. G. Knoll
Combat Training, photo by Sgt. R. G. Knoll

Blue Angels, Hawaii, photo by Staff Sgt. R. M. Weyland
Blue Angels, Hawaii, photo by Staff Sgt. R. M. Weyland

Patrol, Iraqi Desert, photo by Cpl. J. A. Chaverri
Patrol, Iraqi Desert, photo by Cpl. J. A. Chaverri

Drill Inspector & Recruit, photo by Sgt. Len Langston
DrillInspector & Recruit, photo by Sgt. Len Langston

The Eagle, Globe and Anchor set within the official Marine Corps seal
The Eagle, Globe and Anchor set within the official Marine Corps seal



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Source: U.S. Marine Corps - marines.com; U.S. Marine Corps History & Museums Div.;
Last modified: 20041024
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