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An elite fighting organization falling under the Department of the Navy but grabbing it's own representative on the Joint Chiefs of Staff. If a marine is confronted with this fact, they will merely shake their head and reluctantly admit it's true.

A Marine will be the first to tell you that the Corps is better than the Navy, Army, and Air Force.

(There is generally a lot of tension between the Army and Marines, but only because the Soldiers couldn't make it into this day's Corps)
Army, "You serve?"
Marine, "Yeah, Marines. You?"
Army, "Yeah, Army. I'm sorry."
Marine, "Don't worry about it, we've been fixing the Army's mistakes since 1775, we're used to it by now."
by cpl buzz February 18, 2009
a man or woman of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his or her brave deeds and noble qualities. Born to fight, trained to kill, ready to die but never will. Marines I see as two breeds, Rottweilers or Dobermans, because Marines come in two varieties, big and mean, or skinny and mean. They're aggressive on the attack and tenacious on defense. They've got really short hair and they always go for the throat.
RAdm. "Jay" R. Stark, USN; 10 November
The people of creed and class,
Of every country and clime
Have paid their respects to the Stars and Stripes
At one or another time;
At times they raise trouble among themselves,
And some one must intervene
Then the best man to send, so the President says
Is a United States Marine.
—Pvt C. Hundertmark, “Recruiter’s Bulletin,” April 1915
by LCplV2002 March 29, 2010
Over two centuries of ramping, stomping, Hell, death and destruction. The finest fighting machine the world has ever seen. They were born in a bomb crater, their mother was a M16, and their father was the devil. Each moment they live is an additional threat upon your life. They eat concertina wire and piss napalm; they can put a round in a flea's ass at 500 meters. They're roughish looking, cocky, self-centered, dirty, nasty, stinky, sweaty, filthy, overbearing, and beautiful sons of a bitches who's kept the wolf away from the door for 235yrs. They don't know the meaning of fear for they are fear itself. They're green amphibious monsters made of blood and guts who arose from the sea. Whose sole purpose in life is to perpetuate death and destruction upon the festering anti-Americans throughout the globe whenever they may arise. When their time comes they'll die a glorious death on the battlefield, giving their life for the brother or sister next to them, family, freedom, God and country. They stole the Eagle from the Air Force, the Anchor from the Navy, and the rope from the Army. Than on the 7th day when God rested they overran his perimeter and stole the Globe so they've been running the show ever since. They live like soldiers, talk like sailors, but will slap the shit out of both of them. They're Fighters by day, Lovers by night, Drunkards by choice, but a United States Marine by the act of God.
If you can read this thank a Teacher, if you can read this in English thank a Marine
by Leatherneck1391 July 11, 2010
They are the first in and last out. Marines are the guys who get called when shit needs to get done. Marines don't play around. Marines will fight you, fuck you, or run you a foot race... doesn't make a shit to them. Marines know of only one direction and it is forward. Marines are the fireman of the world, they go in when everyone else is running out.

Marines are at the business end when the world dials 911.
Marine A: We were taking fire for 16 hours, had 10 casualities, ran out of ammo and fought hand to hand with bayonets for three hours. We are Marines!!

Marine B: That's it? What the fuck did you do for the other 8 hours?

Marine A: Good Point!
by AreYouKiddinMe8 December 16, 2009
The baddest of the bad. These warriors have all the training and mentality necessary to be the most elite fighting force known to man. They follow their orders and get the job done right, no matter what the cost.
The advancing Marines, outnumbered and lacking strategic advantage, managed to push hundreds of enemy combatants out of the heavily fortified city.
by Rosco Flatts May 18, 2009
A part of the US armed forces designed to operate on a very cost efficient basis, thus, operate outdated equipment and take more responsibility at a lower rank than other branches of the military in order to keep the pay of the Marines low; used mainly for initial attack and high risk operations rather than risking the loss of other branches which the government has spent more money in equipment and training on.
"The Marines did not take part in the Battle of Normandy, or D-day."
by AV8ER71409 January 21, 2007
The first to fight, the tip of the spear, the reason every other military branch can only ever be second best. Army soldiers love to compare themselves to Marines, which is hilarious because it's not even a contest. You'll always hear soldiers whine that they can do such-and-such "just as good as the Marines" but you will NEVER hear a Marine compare himself to a soldier. You'll also never see a Marine prancing around a shopping mall in uniform because they want attention.
Marines get the most respect and deserve the most respect.
by Sukaii April 24, 2011