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Logistic Marines
These Marines will not see the inside of their tents until their mission is complete - a task which has no definitive timeline. These “Road Warriors” are the Marine Corps’ source of life-sustaining supplies in Iraq. They run the convoys of Combat Logistics Regiment 25, 2nd Force Service Support Group (Forward).

Marine Corps Customs and Traditions
Marine customs are simply desirable courses of action sanctioned by tradition and usage. In the Marine Corps, practically every custom has grown out of the manner in which Marines of the past conducted themselves. Many Marine customs have been incorporated into regulations in order to standardize conduct throughout the Corps, but some of them cannot be found in written directives.

Laying Down the Flute and Picking Up the Rifle
CAMP BLUE DIAMOND, Iraq -- The Marines were waiting for their pre-patrol brief in their operations center – flak jackets and helmets bunched against the wall and rifles leaning against them. It was an average scene, save for the sergeant leaning in his chair practicing marching tunes on his clarinet.

Marine Corps Crew Chiefs
Before a flight, during a flight and well after a flight, there is one Marine who takes on the responsibilities of maintaining the aircraft, observing its safety and providing in-flight maintenance - the crew chief.

Marine Corps Combat Veterans Top 20 ‘Must-Haves’
There are some things Marines with combat experience know to be “ must-haves” when serving in a combat zone. Here is a list of the top 20 items combat-experienced Marines of 3rd Platoon, C Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment feel are the most important that a Marine should carry in combat, besides the standard issue of equipment and weapons.

Marine Corps Squad Leaders
In the civilian world, you’re average 19-22 year-old is not normally laden with great responsibilities; but in the Marine Corps, young Marines are relied upon everyday to fill key leadership roles. Mostly corporals, Marine Corps Squad Leaders are responsible for the accomplishment of their mission as well as the lives and well being of 12 or more Marines while conducting combat operations.

United States Marine Corps Chain of Command
I'm often asked what the elements of command are for the U.S. Marine Corps. While this can change somewhat based upon the type of unit, the basic elements for the Marines can be found here.

Flying the Pioneer UAV in the Corps
The Marines of Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 2, are riding the wave of technology as they fly the Pioneer unmanned aerial vehicle, the Marine Corps' only dedicated aerial reconnaissance aircraft.

Marine Corps Cooks
It seems that everyone makes fun of military cooks. Jokes about chow-hall food, and threats to recruits to "make them into a cook" abound in the military. Okay, so it's not the most glamorous-sounding job in the world. But, did you ever stop to think how it would be without them? Here's a look at a very special group of Marines, feeding thousands of hungry mouths in Iraq.

Marine Corps to Increase in Size
The Marine Corps is expanding its end strength by 3,000 Marines. The increase from 175,000 Marines to 178,000 Marines is directed in accordance with the National Defense Authorization Act Fiscal Year 2005, which also increases the size of the active duty Army by 30,000.. The 3,000 Marines will be phased in over the next three years -- roughly one third each year, and the majority of the increase will come from new recruits.

Marine Corps Fraternization Policies
The Marine Corps fraternization policy is contained in Marine Corps Manual 1100.4. Fraternization is the term used to describe improper personal and business relationships among Marines of different ranks or positions.

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