The United States Marine Corps is the nation’s amphibious force-in-readiness. The fundamental mission of the Corps is to simply be ready to protect US citizens and interests at the drop of a hat, anywhere in the world.
Today Marines have two main responsibilities: to remain ready to serve on land, sea and in the air, and to maintain the skills necessary for amphibious operations, and any other duties the President may direct.
U.S. Marines are typically the first on site in emergency situations and hostile areas, as operational readiness is the cornerstone of the Corps’ existence. Besides readiness, the Marines also emphasize versatility and the totally integrated capabilities of the Marine air-ground team.
Being versatile ensures the Marines can complete any duty the President directs. Additionally, the Marines’ method of tailoring their air-ground teams’ structures ensures that each team is a fully integrated component of the greater Marine expeditionary organization, and that each could team could also stand on their own.
Today, as always, Marines stand by at the ready around the world, and keep a constant watch on the sea, and beyond.