Today is the 245th birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps. Founded in 1775 by the Second Continental Congress, the Continental Marines (as they were called at that time) consisted of two battalions. As of 2017, the U.S. Marines number an estimated 186,000 on active duty, with another 38,500 in the Reserves.
The Marines are the smallest branch in the U.S. military, with a large reputation. They work with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, and the U.S. Air Force during expeditionary and amphibious operations.
Take the time today to thank the U.S. Marine Corps. Sonja