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MARINES by jimmymcwicked MARINES by jimmymcwicked

The United States Marine Corps serves as an amphibious force-in-readiness. As outlined in 10 U.S.C. 5063 and as originally introduced under the National Security Act of 1947, it has three primary areas of responsibility:

- The seizure or defense of advanced naval bases and other land operations to support naval campaigns;
- The development of tactics, technique, and equipment used by amphibious landing forces; and
- Such other duties as the President may direct.

This last clause, while seemingly redundant given the president's position as Commander-in-chief, is a codification of the expeditionary duties of the Marine Corps. It derives from similar language in the Congressional acts "For the Better Organization of the Marine Corps" of 1834, and "Establishing and Organizing a Marine Corps" of 1798. In 1951, the House of Representatives' Armed Services Committee called the clause "one of the most important statutory and traditional functions of the Marine Corps." It noted that the corps has more often than not performed actions of a non-naval nature, including its famous actions in the War of 1812, at Tripoli, Chapultepec, numerous counter-insurgency and occupational duties (such as those in Central America), World War I, and the Korean War. While these actions are not accurately described as support of naval campaigns nor as amphibious warfare, their common thread is that they are of an expeditionary nature, using the mobility of the Navy to provide timely intervention in foreign affairs on behalf of American interests.

In addition to its primary duties, the Marine Corps has missions in direct support of the White House and the State Department. The Marine Band, dubbed the "President's Own" by Thomas Jefferson, provides music for state functions at the White House. Marines guard presidential retreats, including Camp David, and the Marines of the Executive Flight Detachment of HMX-1 provide helicopter transport to the President and Vice President, using the call signs "Marine One" and "Marine Two" respectively.

By authority of the 1946 Foreign Service Act, the Marine security guards of the Marine Embassy Security Command provide security for American embassies, legations, and consulates at more than 140 posts worldwide.


(note: this Leatherneck has no moustache, Gung Ho retains his)
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murder66669 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Two of the most fearsome joes put there.
pimphand Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Derk212 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This Marine likes it, nice job.
soundwave3591 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
people always say that Letherneck is a clone of Gung-ho, and i resent that. Gung ho is, while a serious Marine, easygoing and ready to crack a joke. Leatherneck is 100% BADASS MARINE. he's got more use for shooters than jokers.
nervousrex Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011
hi, I really dig your stuff. I'm a huge Gung-Ho, and Leatherneck fan. The reason I am posting, I like your intro about the USMC. I was one of those Presidential Marines you spoke of, statione at a place referred to as WHCA (wahkka is what we called it), the White House Communications Agency. Right down the road from the HMX marines, and part of the White House, and Camp David marines. I guess I felt like posting today because it is the Marine Corps birthday, and feeling nostalgic I looked up my old buddy GH, and that landed me here.

Thanks for doing him justice!

Semper Fi!
Steve1999 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
Let me guess. Marines who does jungle warfare?
jimmymcwicked Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Professional Filmographer
marines who are marines.
5nakeEyes Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011
very nice work here!!
jimmymcwicked Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Professional Filmographer
thanks very much, 5nakeEyes!
beast79 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011
You made Gung Ho look bad ass and not like a joke! And Leatherneck, the forgotten marine in the Joes is there in all his glory. So cool.
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