The Marine Corps has been America's expeditionary force in readiness since 1775. They are forward deployed to respond swiftly and aggressively in times of crisis. They are soldiers of the sea, providing forces and detachments to naval ships and shore operations. They are global leaders, developing expeditionary doctrine and innovations that set the example, and leading other countries' forces and agencies in multinational military operations. These unique capabilities make them "First to Fight," and our nation's first line of defense.
Every Marine is a rifleman, trained first as a disciplined warrior regardless of military occupational specialty. This training is key to the philosophy of maneuver warfare. Maneuver warfare combines operational positioning with firepower, demands agile forces capable of quick decision making, and employs the human elements of war-boldness, creativity, intelligence and the warrior spirit. Their combined arms approach multiplies the Marine Corps' strengths by bringing land, air and sea forces together to achieve every mission. This organization creates a scalable force with incomparable war fighting capabilities. It is the key to winning battles.
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