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Marines, also known as a Marine Corps or naval infantry, are an infantry force that specializes in the support of naval and army operations at sea and on land, as well as the execution of their own operations. In the majority of countries, the marine force is part of the navy, but it can also be under the army like the Troupes de marine (French Marines) and Givati Brigade (Israeli Marines), or form an independent armed service branch like the United States Marine Corps.
Historically, tasks undertaken by marines have included: helping maintain discipline and order aboard the ship (reflecting the pressed nature of the ships' company and the risk of mutiny), the boarding of vessels during combat or capture of prize ships, and providing manpower for raiding ashore in support of the naval objectives.
With the industrialization of warfare in the 20th century the scale of landing operations increased; this brought with it an increased likelihood of opposition and a need for co-ordination of various military elements. Marine forces evolved to specialize in the skills and capabilities required for amphibious warfare.



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  1. RicInOR

    Marines. Happy 243rd. 11/10/1775

    Corps' 243d birthday on Nov. 10
  2. wired

    Sent #2 son off to the Marines today.

    Gonna learn to. Make his bed.
  3. RicInOR

    Marines - sweeping changes to ground-combat forces

    Marine Corps announces sweeping changes to ground-combat forces Marine Corps Force 2025 and Sea Dragon 2025.
  4. USMC-03

    R. Lee Ermey - Standing Post in Heaven

    Just saw that Gunny Ermey passed earlier today. I met him briefly about 15 years ago; just as nice and courteous as you could imagine. Semper Fi Marine
  5. Pandaz3

    Magpul for Marines

    It has been widely reported That the Marines recently adopted the Gen 3 Magpul Pmags as their official magazine, but I had not paid close attention here is the background behind it.
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