The United States Marine Corps was formed in 1775 by the Continental Congress when it authorized the formation of two battalions. The Marine motto “Semper Fidelis” means always faithful and is what all Marines strive for. The phrase defines the honesty and dedication for their work of protecting the United States of America.
There currently are roughly 180,000 active duty and 40,000 reserve Marines enlisted in the United States Marine Corps.
The military organization is considered to be the aggressive tip of the American military spear and is frequently referred to as “First to Fight.” Marines are the only U.S. military force designed to be expeditionary in nature and able to operate in a state of “forward deployment.” Forward deployment refers to Marines being stationed around the world and ready to act whenever and wherever the need arises.