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Semper Fidelis distinguishes the Marine Corps bond from any other. It goes beyond teamwork - it is a brotherhood that can always be counted on. Latin for "always faithful," Semper Fidelis became the Marine Corps motto in 1883. It guides Marines to remain faithful to the mission at hand, to each other, to the Corps and to country, no matter what. Becoming a Marine is a transformation that cannot be undone, and Semper Fidelis is a permanent reminder of that. Once made, a Marine will forever live by the ethics and values of the Corps. In addition to Semper Fidelis, Marine Corps Officers also embrace the phrase Ductos Exemplo, "to lead by example," the motto of Officer Candidates School (OCS). Instructors look for candidates who display self-reliance, discipline and responsibility. Desire and motivation to lead Marines are deciding factors in an officer's success.

The Desperate Cries of Women and Children
The Rapid Bursts of Machine Gun Fire
The Deafening Roar of a Tsunami
Most People Hear the Sounds of Chaos
And Run in the Opposite Direction
But There Are A Few
Who Listen Intently For These Sounds
Not in the Hopes of Hearing Them
But to Help Rid the World of Them.
They are the Few
Forged in the Crucible of Training
To Respond Quickly and Decisively
In the Midst of Chaos and Uncertainty.
And When the Time Comes
They are the First to Move
Toward the Sounds of
And Despair.
They are the First to Move
Toward the Sounds of Chaos
Because the Only Things Louder Than the Sounds of Chaos
Are the Sounds of the Few Moving Toward Them.

Make an Impact On a Global Scale

Whether you're reading this from a laptop, tablet or smart phone, this is the first step toward making a real difference in the world. The greatest threats on the globe cannot be deleted with quick keys, but with steadfast commitment and a rapid response. As a Marine, your service will speak for itself, and your actions will be felt globally. To learn more about how to make a difference for your nation, your world and yourself as a United States Marine, contact someone who has already done it

Put Out the World's Fires

Each threat, each conflict, every crisis in the world is a fire that can pop up anywhere and without notice. These fires don't take long to spread and won't be put out by a random breeze. These fires require a nimble force, one that can respond rapidly and decisively. As a Marine, you will be ready, willing and able to extinguish these threats, wherever they lie on the operational spectrum of conflict - or in the world.

A Difference the World Will Notice

How different is the world because you're in it? If you want to make a difference that will be felt at home and abroad, the Marine Corps can put your service on the map. If you're ready to take your service to the next level - the highest level - let a Marine Recruiter know by requesting more information.


Every Marine is a rifleman, trained first as a disciplined warrior regardless of military occupational specialty. This training is key to our 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. Our combined arms approach multiplies the Marine Corps' strengths by bringing our 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.


The Marine Corps has been America's expeditionary force in readiness since 1775. We are forward deployed to respond swiftly and aggressively in times of crisis. We are soldiers of the sea, providing forces and detachments to naval ships and shore operations. We 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 us "First to Fight," and our nation's first line of defense.