Didn’t have a real post on military since this blog started 2 years ago, so I thought I’ll briefly introduce my favorite branch of the Armed Forces: the United States Marine Corps (USMC). The marines are the elite of the 4 main military branches with 234000 personnel in the front lines, on naval warships, and in headquarters. With the famous doctrine “Every marine a rifleman”, with principal bases on the west coast, east coast, and Okinawa, and with logistical container ships strategically positioned throughout the world’s oceans, 2300 marines can be deployed to any place on the globe with a moment’s notice. And they do so by land, sea, and air, typically with naval-bound marine expeditionary units (MEUs). The army, other naval forces, and air force only arrive later; that’s if the marines haven’t already accomplished the mission. Thanks to the marines’ mobile nature, large-scale war hasn’t broke out for 70 years.
With a history dating back 239 years, the marines are the toughest 11% of the 2.15 million-strong armed personnel, capable of flying F/A-18 Hornet strike-fighter aircraft, firing artillery with M777 155 mm howitzers (pictured above), sniping with M39 Enhanced Marksman Rifles, and pounding down enemies close range with karate and jujitsu (pictured below).