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    United States Marines rank as some of the toughest fighting men and women to be found anywhere on the globe.



    As with the U.S. Army, the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) dates back to 1775 when the first battalions of men were formed under the command of Samuel Nicholas (1744-1790). U.S. Marines operate as part of the United States Navy and form the "sea-borne infantry arm" of the American war machine - primarily assaulting enemy positions through amphibious means.


    The USMC has participated in every major conflict since the inception of the United States of America including the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Mexican-American War, the Civil War, World War 1, World War 2, Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf War, Iraq and Afghanistan. It was during World War 2 that the modern image of the fighting Marine was born, solidifying their place on the world stage for generations.


    Grade
    Insignia
    Abbr
    Title
    Pay Scale
    E-1
    NONE
    Pvt
    Private
    E-2
    PFC
    Private First Class
    E-3
    LCpL
    Lance Corporal
    E-4
    Cpl
    Corporal
    E-5
    Sgt
    Sergeant
    E-6
    SSgt
    Staff Sergeant
    E-7
    GySgt
    Gunnery Sergeant
    E-8
    MSgt
    Master Sergeant
    E-8
    1stSgt
    First Sergeant
    E-9
    MGySgt
    Master Gunnery Sergeant
    E-9
    SgtMaj
    Sergeant Major
    E-9
    Special
    SgtMaj
    MarCor
    Sergeant Major of the
    Marine Corps
    W-1
    WO
    Warrant Officer
    W-2
    CWO2
    Chief Warrant Officer 2
    W-3
    CWO3
    Chief Warrant Officer 3
    W-4
    CWO4
    Chief Warrant Officer 4
    W-5
    CWO5
    Chief Warrant Officer 5
    O-1
    2ndLt
    Second Lieutenant
    O-2
    1stLt
    First Lieutenant
    O-3
    Capt
    Captain
    O-4
    Maj
    Major
    O-5
    LtCol
    Lieutenant Colonel
    O-6
    Col
    Colonel
    O-7
    BGen
    Brigadier General
    O-8
    MajGen
    Major General
    O-9
    LtGen
    Lieutenant General
    O-10
    Gen
    General
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