US Marine Corps

A special unit of the US Military whose predominant role is in special national and international missions.

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Military Terminology
US Navy
US Marine Corps
Nicknames

What are the nicknames that Marines give Sailors?

Squids.

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War and Military History
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US Marine Corps

Why do people go to war in the first place?

They want to defend their country. If it isn't their country they are doing it for other countries.

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US Military Ranks Pay Rates and Benefits

Does captain outrank sergeant?

Definately, a Sergeant is a NCO (Non commissioned officer) whereas a Captain is in the middle of the Officer ranks.

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Can a sergeant promotable rate another sergeant?

If they're in a supervisory position over the Sergeant, yes.

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Why is the Marines so much better then the Army?

Neither is "better," in general anyway. Saying one or the other is better is like saying boats are better than cars. Better at what? The USMC is an invading force, "go secure this location" Marines go, it gets secured and then the Army comes in and provides permanent security, in general anyway.

As far as one being considered "better" than the other it usually has to do with the USMC's record of success in many historic battles that had impossible odds against the Marines, and every Marine being a rifleman. Their infantries (Army/Marine Corps) are more or less similar in capability, but the non-combat mos's are where the difference is. Army non combat soldiers (cooks, mechanics, admin, etc) are minimally trained in combat, at least compared to their Marine Corps counterparts. Any Army infantryman that says he'd rather have an Army mechanic at his side than a USMC mechanic after getting ambushed on a convoy is straight up being dishonest for the sake of pride. Every "non-combat" Marine not only has longer and more in-depth initial combat training(bootcamp/MCT, around 4 months before ever going to MOS school) than Army counterparts but that training continues throughout their USMC careers.

Lastly its also about the kind of person that joins the USMC. The Army has its badasses, its elite, and its salty battlehardened grunts just like the Marine Corps. Again the difference is in the non-grunts, a great deal of soldiers are drawn to the Army with bonuses, paying off existing student loans etc. The USMC recruits with its reputation, or at the very least its perception of being "the best" whether or not they are the best is irrelevant. Just compare USMC and Army recruiting commercials for confirmation. The USMC doesn't give bonuses, pay off student loans etc, there are no gifts for signing the dotted line. Recruiting people that want to be the best and want the hardest training (again whether or not they are the best or the training is the hardest is irrelevant, its about what is perceived) results in a group of individuals with a different kind of character than those that joined the military for cookies. It doesn't mean everyone that joined a different service doesn't have that character, or joined a different service for the tangible sign-up rewards, but there are many that did, and none for the USMC. Its not possible to answer "why one is better than the other" or even IF one is better, as with most things it's perception and I could only help to show you why the Marines are perceived as better and leave you to your own devices.

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Military Awards and Medals
US Marine Corps

Good Conduct Medal with two stars mean?

The Navy & Marines uses Stars on their good conduct medals. Each Bronze star stands for each three years of good service. The stars switch to silver after 15 years of good service.

The Army and Air Force use clasps with knots to show each award. There break down is as follows:Bronze clasps indicate the second (two loops) through fifth award (five loops);Silverclasps indicate sixth (one loop) through tenth award (five loops); andGold clasps indicate eleventh (one loop) through the fifteenth award (five loops).

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Can you reenlist after a els?

Depends on what your RE code is. I know people who've had Entry Level Separations from one branch of service, and were able to enlist into another branch.

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US Marine Corps History and Traditions

How long does the marine corps ball last?

Typically the ball lasts for about 3-4 hours. The first part is the ceremony, which is dictated by Marine Corps Order, and follows a set procedure. After the ceremony is dinner and general frivolity, lasting until the last people leave... usually to an after party.

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Airports
Virginia
US Marine Corps

What is the closest airport to Quantico Va?

MCAS Quantico or Dulles International Airport.

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Can I join the US military with no SSN?

No ... you must show proof of US residency, and pay taxes like the rest of us, hence the need for a SSN.

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US Marine Corps

Is the rank of colonel higher rank than lieutenant?

A great deal higher. A Second Lieutenant is pay grade 0-1 and a First Lieutenant is pay grade O-2, a Colonel is one grade below a Brigadier General at pay grade O-6

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Job Search
US Army
US Marine Corps

How do you conduct a job search in a different state?

Here are more opinions and answers from other Wiki s Contributors:

  • There are numerous on-line job search sites. This would be a good first effort. Next, go out on one of the search engines and type in the city and the words local newspapers - check out their classifieds or job sections on-line. Then find local chambers of commerce and contact them with a resume and a brief letter on what your occupation is and your desire to relocate. Next think about moving at your own expense - employers like to save the cost of relocation if at all possible. Another excellent source of out of town job leads are the fraternal organizations, national occupational organizations and the religious affiliations. Contact them for regional job help as well.
  • Also check out 'local' job web sites that focus specifically on jobs in specific cities/counties. Sometimes employers will advertise jobs on "smaller" job sites in an effort to get candidates from their local geography, instead of putting the job in a national search database such as Monster. You can find these sites by searching through Google, Yahoo, etc or use a career site has a list of local resources for a lot of areas in the country.
  • Um, speaking from experience, it's really hard. Employers quickly notice that you have an out-of-state number and address, and they usually trash your CV unless you're like a doctor, engineer, etc. If you're just a regular person who has a regular job, you may need to wait until you arrive in town to mount any type of serious search.
  • Getting a cell phone number in your prospective search area, a local PO Box (or using a friend or relatives address), and using a national email service may soften the difficulty you are likely to find in finding a job out of area. (Some may see the list of out-of-area employers and just assume before taking to you that you are someone who's coming home after being away for a while.)

You could also try some temp agencies. A lot of temp agencies have online applications now. You could also try something outside of the box bizmediaone.com may be able to help you.

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Military Awards and Medals
US Marine Corps

Where do badges go above ribbons on class a uniform?

1/8 inch above the top row of the awards

U.S. Marine Corps Order P1020.34G, Ch. 5, Para 4002.

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Miscellaneous
US Marine Corps

What is the daily dozen in the marines?

They are a set of exercises that the marines have to do

1. Side straddle hops (jumping jacks)

2. Marine Corps Push-ups

3. Cherry pickers

4. Rowing Exercise

5. Side Benders

6. Flutter Kicks

7. Toe Touchers

8. Crunches

9. Trunk Twisters

10. In-Place Double Time

11. Standing Leg Lifts

12. "Six Inches" (Lying leg-lifts)

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Salary and Pay Rates
Police and Law Enforcement
US Marine Corps
Criminal Justice Careers

Do auxiliary police officers get paid?

City of Glen Cove, N.Y. pays their Aux. P.O.'s minimum wage. (No F.T. work or health, time off, pension benefits etc. provided.)

Another View: It would depend entirely on the jurisdiction in question. Some do, and some don't, and still others don't have auxiliaries.

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Latin to English
US Marine Corps

What does semper fideles mean?

"Always faithful". The form fideles is plural; this phrase is usually cited with the singular form fidelis.

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War and Military History
US Marine Corps

What is the elite fighting group in the marines?

Marine Force Recon

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US Marine Corps History and Traditions

What was Drew Carey's rank in the marine corps?

Last Rank

Sergeant Last Primary MOS

2531-Field Radio Operator Last MOSGroup

Communications Previously Held MOS

2500-Basic Operational Communicator Last Unit

1981-1982, 2531, 3rd Bn, 25th Marine Regiment (3/25)/H&S Co Service Years

1980 - 1986

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US Navy
US Marine Corps
Navy SEALs

What is the nickname of a Navy Seal?

Naked Warriors. Men with green faces. Frogmen. Operators

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US Marine Corps
Slogans and Mottos

What is the Marine Rifleman's motto?

It is better known as the "Rifleman's Creed" or "This is my Rifle". It is credited as having been written in 1941 after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor by Major General William H. Rupertus and every Marine must memorize it, recite it to his Drill Instructor on demand and live by this creed.

"This is my rifle. There are many more like it, but this one is mine. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life. Without me my rifle is useless. Without my rifle, I am useless. I must fire my rifle true. I must shoot straighter than the enemy who is trying to kill me. I must shoot him before he shoots me. I will. My rifle and I know that what counts in war is not the rounds we fire, the noise of our burst, or the smoke we make. We know that it is the hits that count. We will hit.

My rifle is human, even as I am human, because it is my life. Thus I will learn it as a brother. I will learn its weaknesses, its strengths, its parts, its accessories, its sights and its barrel. I will keep my rifle clean and ready, even as I am clean and ready. We will become part of each other.

Before God I swear this creed. My rifle and I are the defenders of my country. We are the masters of our enemy. We are the saviors of my life.

So be it, until victory is America's and there is no enemy."

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Dating
US Marine Corps

Why should i date a Marine?

Because they keep going until they get the job done! ooh rah!

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Clothing
US Marine Corps

What do men wear to attend a ball?

im guessing a suit or tux

In truth it depends on if you are military or civilian.

If you are in the military going to a military ball, most will require you to come in your dress uniform. Some will allow you to wear a tux.

If you are civilian you should were a tux.

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US Marine Corps History and Traditions

What are the hash marks on a marine corps uniform?

Its a mark showing four years of service

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Why were marines on the shores of Tripoli?

The Barbary Pirates War was the reason. City states along Northern Africa had been pirating and charging ransoms on U.S. ships during the very beginning of the nation's history. The young US Navy was sent to defeat them and stop piracy.

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US Navy
US Marine Corps
Navy SEALs

Was Carl Brashear ever a Navy Seal?

No he was just a Navy diver. The Seals were not around until 1962 a few years before his accident that took his leg.

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