Training, Marine Corps Enlisted

The U.S. Marine Corps protrays an image of being an elite fighting organization able to project American power abroad and implement national policy. To do this, the Marine Corps relies predominantly on enlisted marines. It has the lowest officer-to-enlisted ratio within the Department of Defense. Enlisted marines and enlisted noncommissioned officers (NCOs) are called to perform tasks that, in other services, normally would be carried out by commissioned officers. The Marine Corps was designated by Congress as a “force in readiness,” able to respond at once to support a naval campaign or to suppress international disturbances. Launching from sea-based platforms called Marine Expeditionary Units, marines are required to be flexible and adapt quickly to hostile and nonhostile environments in order to accomplish missions ranging from ...

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