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  1. The Marine Corps' 14 Leadership Traits

    • Dependability
      • The certainty of proper performance of duty.
    • Bearing
      • Creating a favorable impression in carriage, appearance and personal conduct at all times.
    • Courage
      • The mental quality that recognizes fear of danger or criticism, but enables a man to proceed in the face of it with calmness and firmness.
    • Decisiveness
      • Ability to make decisions promptly and to announce them in clear, forceful manner.
    • Endurance
      • The mental and physical stamina measured by the ability to
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  2. Yellow Footprints, Parris Island 1964

    "From its beginning in 1915, the receiving barracks has been located in a number of places on Parris Island.

    The initial receiving barracks was located at the old state of South Carolina quarantine station which stood on Ballast Creek where the Depot's club "Traditions' is located today.

    During World War Two and Korea receiving was conducted at Building 145 in the Headquarters and Service Battalion Barracks complex.

    In 1964 the facility was moved ...
  3. The National Anthem

    The National Anthem

    The Star-Spangled Banner

    Oh, say, can you see, by the dawn's early light,
    What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?
    Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro' the perilous fight'
    O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming.
    And the rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
    Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
    Oh, say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave ...
  4. The History of Flag Day - June 14th.

    The History of Flag Day - June 14th


    The Fourth of July was traditionally celebrated as America's birthday, but the idea of an annual day specifically celebrating the Flag is believed to have first originated in 1885. BJ Cigrand, a schoolteacher, arranged for the pupils in the Fredonia, Wisconsin Public School, District 6, to observe June 14 (the 108th anniversary of the official adoption of The Stars and Stripes) as 'Flag Birthday'. In numerous magazines and newspaper articles ...
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  5. Universal Code of the United States Marine Corps



    Unit, Corps, God, Country.

    1. Respect and Protect your Unit.
    2. Respect and Protect the Corps.
    3. Respect and Protect God.
    4. Respect and Protect your Country.
  6. Marine Corps Tattoo Policy

    This is the last policy issued.


    Tattoo Policy - 2010 Fiscal Year

    Date Signed: 1/15/2010
    MARADMIN Active Number: 029/10
    R 151956Z JAN 10
    UNCLASSIFIED//
    MARADMIN 029/10
    MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON DC DMCS//
    SUBJ/AMPLIFICATION TO THE MARINE CORPS TATTOO POLICY//
    REF/A/MSGIDOC/CMC WASHINGTON DC MCUB /YMD:20030331//
    REF/B/MSGIDOC/CMC WASHINGTON DC MCRC/YMD:20040210//
    REF/C/MSGIDOC/CMC WASHINGTON DC MPP/YMD:20080709// ...
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  7. Marine Corps Martial Arts Program

    Tan Belt: The tan belt syllabus focuses on the development of the basics of armed and unarmed combat. Students start with the Basic Warrior Stance and break-falls are taught for safety, then move to:
    • basic punches, uppercuts, and hooks
    • basic upper-body strikes, including the eye gouge, hammer fists, and elbow strikes
    • basic lower-body strikes, including kicks, knee strikes, and stomps
    • bayonet techniques
    • basic chokes and throws
    • counters to strikes, chokes, and holds
    • basic unarmed
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  8. Marine Corps Birthday

    All U.S. Marines are gung-ho. But, few can match the vision and total commitment of the famous 13th Commandant, Gen. John A. Lejeune. In 1921 he issued Marine Corps Order No. 47, Series 1921.


    Gen. Lejeune's order summarized the history, mission, and tradition of the Corps. It further directed that the order be read to all Marines on 10 November of each year to honor the founding of the Marine Corps. Thereafter, 10 November became a unique day for U.S. Marines throughout ...
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  9. A Few USMC Slogans

    • First to Fight: The media in the United States began using this term to describe U.S. Marines during World War I. And, for once the media was right. Marines have served in the vanguard of every American war since the founding of the Corps in 1775. They have carried out over 300 assaults on foreign shores, from the arctic to the tropics. Historically, U.S. Marines are indeed the first to fight.

    • Once a Marine, Always a Marine: This truism is now the official motto of the Marine
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  10. Marine Corps Motto

    The Marine Corps adopted Semper Fidelis as its official motto in 1883 (Semper Fidelis is also the title of the official musical March of the Marine Corps).


    Translated from Latin, Semper Fidelis means "Always Faithful." U.S. Marines use an abbreviated verbal version, "Semper Fi," to voice loyalty and commitment to their Marine comrades-in-arms.


    Previous mottos of the Marine Corps were (1) To the Shores of Tripoli, adopted in 1805; (2)
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  11. Memorial Day

    The first Decoration Day was 30 May 1868, three years after the end of the American Civil War.


    Gen. John A. Logan, U.S. Army, commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, initiated the day of remembrance.


    He ordered that all Army posts decorate the graves of fallen Civil War comrades with flowers and a "suitable ceremony," and that flags be flown at half mast until noon.


    Decoration Day later got a new name, Memorial ...
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  12. Veterans Day

    After four years of carnage in Europe, the giant cannon finally fell silent. At 11:00 am on 11 November 1918 (the eleventh hour, of the 11th day, of the eleventh month) the Allies and Germany signed an armistice. The Great War, The World War, The War to End War mercifully ended. The whole world rejoiced.


    Thereafter the eleventh day of November became Armistice Day in most of the western world. In Canada it became known as Remembrance Day.

    In the United ...
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  13. USMC Terms

    Leatherneck:

    The nickname Leatherneck has become a universal moniker for a U.S. Marine. The term originated from the wide and stiff leather neck-piece that was part of the Marine Corps uniform from 1798 until 1872. This leather collar, called The Stock, was roughly four inches high and had two purposes. In combat, it protected the neck and jugular vein from cutlasses slashes. On parade, it kept a Marine's head erect. The term is so widespread that it has become the name of the Marine
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  14. Tun Tavern

    Ask any Marine. Just ask. He will tell you that the Marine Corps was born in Tun Tavern on 10 November 1775. But, beyond that the Marine's recollection for detail will probably get fuzzy. So, here is the straight scoop:

    In the year 1685, Samuel Carpenter built a huge "brew house" in Philadelphia. He located this tavern on the waterfront at the corner of Water Street and Tun Alley.


    The old English word tun means a cask, barrel, or keg of beer.
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  15. Women Marines

    In secret, Lucy Brewer became the first woman to serve in the Marine Corps. Disguised as a gung-ho man, she served in the Marine Detachment aboard the USS Constitution during the War of 1812.


    Over 100 years later on 12 August 1918, the Secretary of the Navy granted authority to enroll women for clerical duty in the Marine Corps Reserve. The next day, Opha M. Johnson enlisted and became the first official Woman Marine.


    During the remainder of World War
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