World War 1 (After waiting to see who was winning before joining brave Britain and France)
World War 2 (Same as above)
Korean War (Commies 1 Marines 0)
The 'nam (Commies 1 Marines 0)
Afghanistan (see Friendly Fire
Commander: Do they look friendly?
Marine: I think so
Commander: Lets not take any chances (Call in an F-18 airstrike)
British Soldier: WHAT THE F*CK!!!! BLUE ON BLUE!!!! FRIENDLY, FRIENDLY
Commander: Holy Crap.....this is gonna take alot of explaining.......
The USMC is also vastly inferior to other Marine forces around the world such as the British Royal Marine Commandos who are not only much fewer in number but trained a lot longer and harder. The USMC is too big and bloated to be considered "elite".
The popularity of the USMC only exists because of it's famous boot camp and movies like Full Metal Jacket.