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    US Marine Corps by the numbers

    The U.S. Marine Corps will celebrate its 242nd birthday on Nov. 10.

    Below are some important figures and dates for the military branch, which counts tens of thousands of service members among its ranks.

    1798:
    This is when the Marine Corps Band was established by a congressional act, the Marines website says.

    “Its mission is unique—to provide music for the President of the United States and the Commandant of the Marine Corps,” it explains.

    183,477:
    The total number of active duty service members as of August 2017, according to the Defense Manpower Defense Center (DMDC).

    15,384:
    The number of active duty women in the Marine Corps as of August, the DMDC says.

    39,106:
    The amount of people in the Marine Corps Reserve as of August.

    1883:
    The year “Semper Fidelis” became the official Marine Corps motto. The term means “always faithful” in Latin.

    Nov. 21, 1942:
    This is when then-commandant of the Marine Corps Thomas Holcomb approved a line in “The Marines’ Hymn” be changed from “On the land as on the sea” to “In the air, on land, on
    sea,” the Marines Corps says.

    3:
    The number of core Marine Corps values. They are honor,
    courage and commitment.

    1:
    The current commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. Robert B. Neller.


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    I wanna say a Corps is maximum of 500,000 bodies anything over would be considered an Army Semper Fidelis


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    Interesting, Mike and Jack....when I joined up, it was the 188th birthday of the Marine Corps and that also ended up being my platoon number, coincidentally.


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    I think USMC strength back then was 190,000, but am not positive.


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    I wanna say Congress & Senate set a guideline that the Marines could never have more that 500 thousand, Guess they didn’t want Us kicking too much A$$ all over the Planet... Semper Fidelis


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    I think the Corps can only have 4 active Divisions during peace time. The 5th is activated during war.


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