U.S. Special Forces: Marines and MARSOC, Part 1

Editor’s note: This website calls for Republicans and conservatives to get serious about the information war — and for a political counterinsurgency. The American military sets the standard for military counterinsurgency due to its special forces — and the parallels are exact. Here is part 4 of 5 from the intrepid Tami Jackson — be sure to read the entire article by following the link below:

U.S. military history is storied and impressive: the 5 branches of the U.S. Armed Forces being Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard.

Every branch has born heroes, every branch brings unique responsibilities and skill sets for the defense of our nation and her interests around the world.

The tip of the spear of U.S. Armed Forces are the Unconventional Forces, or U.S. Special Forces.

One branch is unique among the branches: the Marines.

In the words of ROBAR GM, LtCol USMC (Ret) Freddie Blish:

The Marine Corps considers all Marines Special Forces, but Special Operations Command only MARSOC – Marines with Marine Special Operations Command special forces.

The United States Marine Corps was established under a resolution approved by the Continental Congress on November 10, 1775, to augment naval forces in the Revolutionary War, and Samuel Nicholas was made the 1st Commandant.

Capt. Nicholas made the rounds of public inns and taverns throughout Philadelphia to recruit. An early taker was Robert Mullan, the Tun Tavern owner. The Tavern on Water Street in Philadelphia is considered to be the birthplace of the Marines.

The United States Marine Corps was originally founded as an infantry unit stationed aboard Navy ships, responsible for the safety of the ship, crew and officers. The duties and scope of the Corps changed and grew over the decades.

In spite of a reputation of success, the Corps was abolished at the end of the Revolutionary War due to budget constraints. Congress ordered the (re) creation of the Marine Corps on July 11, 1798, and placed it under the command of the Secretary of the Navy.

The Marine Corps birthday was celebrated on July 11 from 1799 until 1921, at which time the original founding date, November 10, was honored going forward.

The Corp had 2 early mottos, Fortitudine (meaning “with courage”) prior to the War of 1812, and Per Mare, Per Terram (by sea, by land).

In 1883, at the prompting of Colonel Charles McCawley, the 8th Commandant of the Marine Corps, the motto “Semper Fidelis” (always faithful) was adopted.

To this day Semper Fi is synonymous with Marines.

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