Perhaps Commandant General Charles C. Krulak said it best, “We make Marines, and we win battles.” This has been our purpose since our birth on 10 November 1775, at the legendary Tun Tavern, a favorite meeting place in the 18th century Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
What makes Marines different? It is not so much what we do, but how we do it.
We are the only service specifically tasked by Congress to be able to operate combined arms in three dimensions: air, land, and sea.We are a multi-dimensional force with common mindset, best exemplified by the credo: “Every Marine a rifleman.” Every Marine, regardless of specialty, is fundamentally the same. Each is formed from a common experience, shares a common set of values, and is trained as a cohesive air-ground team from the moment they join the Corps.
We are soldiers of the land, sea, and air. Our historic mission has been to be ever-ready. Because of our crisis response role, we have been called “Teufel Hunden” — Devil Dogs — by German defenders at Belleau Wood in World War I.