Once a Marine, Always a Marine

There are no “former” Marines in the Corps. If you were once a Marine, you are always a Marine. If the benefits of joining the Corps dazzle you, you should also explore some of the traditions and history of this incredible branch of the US Military.

“First on foot, and right of the line.”
Marines form at the place of honor-at the head of column or on right of line-in any Naval formation.

“First to Fight”
Marines have been in the forefront of every American War since the founding of the Corps. “First to Fight” constitutes the Marine’s pride, loyalty, responsibility, and challenge.

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“Last to leave the ship”
Marines are always, or should be, the last-other than the ship’s Captain-to leave a ship being abandoned or put out of commission. Although the tradition is an old one, it first appears in Navy Regulations of 1865.

“Semper Fi”
As quoted by United States Marine, Cam Beck: “What is left unsaid in the motto is also notable. The phrase is ‘Always faithful.’ It isn’t ‘Sometimes Faithful.’ Nor is it ‘Usually Faithful,’ but always. It is not negotiable. It is not relative, but absolute.”

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