Marines

     Being a Marine is the most challenging and rewarding responsibility a person
could face. It is a known fact that the Marines have the toughest and most
difficulty training course in the world. Men and women from all over the world
try their abilities of strength and courage to see what life can throw at them,
and what it is to be a true Marine(Conner). The United States Marine mental and
moral qualities have been tested throughout history. Through the long history of
the Marine Corps there are examples, both in war and in peace, of such qualities
as versatility, trustworthiness, singleness and tenacity of purpose, courage,
faithfulness, and self-sacrifice (Marines Welcome). On November 10, 1775, the

Continental Congress meeting in Philadelphia passed a resolution stating that
"two Battalions of Marines be raised" for service as landing forces
with the fleet. This resolution, established the Continental Marines and marked
the birth date of the United States Marine Corps. Serving on land and at sea,
these first Marines distinguished themselves in a number of important
operations, including their first amphibious raid into the Bahamas in March

1776, under the command of Captain (later Major) Samuel Nicholas. Nicholas, the
first commissioned officer in the Continental Marines, remained the senior

Marine officer throughout the American Revolution and is considered to be the
first Marine Commandant. The Treaty of Paris in April 1783 brought an end to the

Revolutionary War and as the last of the Navy's ships were sold, the Continental

Navy and Marines went out of existence. Following the Revolutionary War and the
formal re-establishment of the Marine Corps on 11 July 1798, Marines saw action
in the quasi-war with France, landed in Santo Domingo, and took part in many
operations against the Barbary pirates along the "Shores of Tripoli".

Marines participated in numerous naval operations during the War of 1812, as
well as participating in the defense of Washington at Bladensburg, Maryland, and
fought alongside Andrew Jackson in the defeat of the British at New Orleans. The
decades following the War of 1812 saw the Marines protecting American interests
around the world, in the Caribbean, at the Falkland Islands, Sumatra and off the
coast of West Africa, and also close to home in the operations against the

Seminole Indians in Florida. During the Mexican War (1846-1848), Marines seized
enemy seaports on both the Gulf and Pacific coasts. A battalion of Marines
joined General Scott's army at Pueblo and fought all the way to the "Halls
of Montezuma," Mexico City. Marines also served ashore and afloat in the

Civil War (1861-1865). Although most service was with the Navy, a battalion
fought at Bull Run and other units saw action with the blockading squadrons and
at Cape Hatteras, New Orleans, Charleston, and Fort Fisher. The last third of
the 19th century saw Marines making numerous landings throughout the world,
especially in the Orient and in the Caribbean area (History and Museums ). The

Marines continue to serve the nation from all parts of the globe. In tradition,
the world famed the Marine Corps has the important role of being the "
force in readiness" to help keep the peace throughout the world (Marine

Corps 44) The Marine Corps Recruit Depot is at Parris Island, South Carolina
where it all began. It was organized by Brigadier General Wallace M. Greene Jr.

The Recruit Training Regiment was organized to control all activities dealing
with training the male recruits. Parris Island was not only for the male
recruits, but women Marines had a big part on the island also. It became the
permanent basic training site for all women marines. (Continental 23) The

Regiment consists of the first, Second, Third, and Forth (Women’s) Battalions
and weapons battalion. In addition to training the recruits, it has a Drill

Instructors School and NCO School. Command of the Head quarters and Service

Battalion has all the support units and schools to train. Parris Island not only
has the regiments to command, but it has been known for the progress mainly
along the military lines. It keeps its pace with advances in the art of training
recruits, making one of the most efficient and picturesque military reservations
in the world. Parris Island stands proud of its heritage, satisfied with the
accomplishments and is ready to face future challenges. (Marine Corps 29) Now
that we know the history of how the Marines began, we can start on the training
course part. As soon as the Recruits arrive at Parris Island, The military
starts processing each person. Shortly after that the Sergeants go through
different issues with the men and women, such as, the clothing issue, rifle
issue, the exchange issue, and the initial issue. Each issue plays a very
important role in each of the recruits lives. No matter how many exams, obstacle
courses, physical training, self endurance and circuit courses each recruit has
to lean that pain is weakness leaving the body. It not only teaches each recruit
that pain is weakness, but also that values of honor, courage and commitment
(Marine Corps 33). The last test of the Marines is known as the
‘crucible". The "crucible" is something that purifies a
substance. This test is to see how badly you want to be a marine. It weeds out
the weak, the selfish and the self-seeking, lazy, faint of heart, weak in
spirit, and those who give up easily. Its those who have the courage to endure
hunger, pain, cold, fatigue, and blisters to wear with Honor, the Eagle, Globe
and Anchor. These recruits had the commitment to help their comrades finish the
crucible. Pride, endurance, and loyalty for comrades is what a Marine is all
about (Marine Corps 89). No matter how hard the Marines push a person it takes a
strength of character to see what a person can handle in life. Marines may be
known for being hard and tough on the recruits, but they also have hearts when
disasters strike. For example, when, tornadoes, hurricanes, and floods hit the

Marines are always there to help rebuild the victims’ lives again. They are
known to work their hearts’ out to ensure the mission is accomplished. The

Marines, the nation’s All Force, are being charged with being the most ready
when the nation is least ready. This means deploying to the four corners of the
globe the preserve the freedom Americans enjoy. What is it about Marines that
make us stop and stare at them? Is it their strength of courage or their great
endurance to over come fears? Maybe it could be respect for human life. What
ever it is it has a great sense of power over a person (Continental 20).

Everyday Marines make decisions, through these decisions they show the quality
of their character, to everyone around them. The true test of character comes
when the stakes are high, and he chips are down. When your stomach starts to
turn, and sweat forms on your brow. That’s when you know your true character
as a Marine is exposed. As a marine you will judged as an individual not as a
group. It will demand a depth of character and strength to see what kind of
values a person has (Williams ). The real test of time is to see those who have
the courage to face up to challenges in their lives. In times of great stress
and controversy, there is a never ending battle between good and evil. In our
society today we see alcohol and drug abuse, lack of human dignity and respect
for the law. In many cases young teenager lose sight of there goals and that is
why the United States Marine Corps is there to mold and shape then into
outstanding man and women in our society. That’s why the Marines teach such
values as respect, honor and trust. The question is do recruits have the courage
to face up to their fears? Fears our often difficult obstacles to over come. The

United States Marine Corps will help recruits over come their fears in any
situation. Can The recruits handle the hunger, pain, and suffering for their
comrades? How far can the recruits push their minds and bodies just to see what
kind of inner and outer strength they posses. As we approach the millennium, the

Marine Corps has continued its tradition of innovation to meet the challenges of
a new century. The Marine Corps War fighting Laboratory was created in 1995 to
evaluate change, assess the impact of new technologies on war fighting, and
expedite the introduction of new capabilities into the operating forces of the

Marine Corps. Exercises such as "Hunter Warrior," and "Urban

Warrior" were designed to explore future tactical concepts, and to examine
facets of military operations in urban environments (Garry 15). Today's Marine

Corps stands ready to continue in the proud tradition of those who so valiantly
fought and died. Combining a long and proud heritage of faithful service to the
nation, with the resolve to face tomorrow's challenges will continue to keep the

Marine Corps the "best of the best."

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