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  •  That is part of the Department of the Navy (2+ / 0-)
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    Sharoney, Sandino

    The Marines are not a standalone department of the military like the Navy, Army, and the Air Force (the Air Force was originally a corps within the Department of the Army).  They depend on the Navy for their budget, medical care, and transportation. For example, unlike the Army and the Air Force, there are no Marine medics, nurses, or doctors.  The battlefield medics who care for wounded Marines are Navy Corpsman.  There are naval ships that are dedicated to amphibious operations that are affectionately known as "gator freighters."  The Marine Corps insignia includes an anchor. When a Marine dies in battle, the letter is sent from the Department of the Navy, not the Department of the Marine Corps.  That difference is not insignificant.

    None of what I have said detracts from the fact that Marines have always been elite fighting men and women.  It takes a special kind of person to serve in the Marine Corps.

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