Ben Sheehy was a member of the USMC from 1992 to 1997, working as a Ground Radio Repairman. The USMC is a branch of the United States Armed Forces and, combined with the US Navy, is responsible to deliver rapid task forces. The Marines are the only infantrymen authorized to guard American embassies around the world.
Currently, the Marine Corps has over 200,000 active duty members and approximately 40,000 reserves. It is the smallest branch of the armed forces in the US but is the largest marine force in the world.
The Marines have always been regarded for their swiftness; the branch has three primary areas of responsibility:
Supporting naval campaigns through the seizure or defense of advanced naval bases;
Developing techniques, tactics and equipment used by amphibious landing forces;
Duties that the President may direct.
The Marines have been highly regarded for their development of tactics against defended coastlines during World War II.
The Marine Corps began during the American Revolutionary War. Originally called the Continental Marines, the two battalions were formed by Captain Samuel Nicholas. They were not named the United States Marine Corps until 1798 when the US was preparing for the Quasi-War with France.
During the early 19th century, the Marines captured Tripoli – famously defeating the Barbary pirates in the First Barbary War. They also gained recognition during the War of 1812 when they fought the British off Fayal despite being outnumbered. They also played a crucial role in the defending New Orleans during the War of 1812. When the war was over, the Marines were regarded as expert marksmen.
President Jackson wanted to integrate the Marines with the Army but Commandant Archibald Henderson prevented that from happening. This led to Congress passing the Act for the Better Organization of the Marine Corps in 1834. This outlined the Marines as part of the Department of the Navy.