See A. Millett, Semper Fidelis (1982).
The Commandant of the Marine Corps (CMC) is the highest ranking officer in the United States Marine Corps and is a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff . The CMC reports directly to the Secretary of the Navy but not to the Chief of Naval Operations. The CMC is responsible for ensuring the organization, policy, plans, and programs for the Marine Corps as well as advising the President, the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of the Navy on matters involving the Marine Corps. Under the authority of the Secretary of the Navy, the CMC also designates Marine personnel and resources to the commanders of Unified Combatant Commands . The commandant also performs all other functions prescribed under or delegates those duties and responsibilities to other officers in his administration in his name. As with the other joint chiefs, the commandant is an administrative position and has no operational command authority over United States Marine forces.
"The Commandant is directly responsible to the Secretary of the Navy for the total performance of the Marine Corps. This includes the administration, discipline, internal organization, training, requirements, efficiency, and readiness of the service. The Commandant also is responsible for the operation of the Marine Corps material support system."
Since 1801, the home of the Commandant is located in Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C..
"Subject to the authority, direction, and control of the Secretary of the Navy, the Commandant shall —
|#||Picture||Name||Rank||Start of Tenure||End of Tenure|
|1.||Samuel Nicholas||Captain / Major||November 28, 1775||August 27, 1783|
|2.||William W. Burrows||Major / Lieutenant Colonel||12 July, 1798||6 March, 1804|
|3.||Franklin Wharton||Lieutenant Colonel||7 March, 1804||September 1, 1818|
|Archibald Henderson (acting)||Lieutenant Colonel||September 16, 1818||March 2, 1819|
|4.||Anthony Gale||Lieutenant Colonel||3 March, 1819||8 October, 1820|
|5.||Archibald Henderson||Lieutenant Colonel / Colonel / Brevet Brigadier General||October 17, 1820||January 6, 1859|
|6.||John Harris||Colonel||January 7, 1859||1 May, 1864|
|7.||Jacob Zeilin||Colonel / Brigadier General||10 June, 1864||October 31, 1876|
|8.||Charles G. McCawley||Colonel||November 1, 1876||January 29, 1891|
|9.||Charles Heywood||Brigadier General / Major General||30 June, 1891||October 2, 1903|
|10.||George F. Elliott||Brigadier General / Major General||October 3, 1903||November 30, 1910|
|11.||William P. Biddle||Major General||February 3, 1911||February 24, 1914|
|12.||George Barnett||Major General||February 25, 1914||30 June, 1920|
|13.||John A. Lejeune||Major General||1 July, 1920||4 March, 1929|
|14.||Wendall C. Neville||Major General||5 March, 1929||8 July, 1930|
|15.||Ben H. Fuller||Major General||9 July, 1930||February 28, 1934|
|16.||John H. Russell, Jr.||Major General||1 March, 1934||November 30, 1936|
|17.||Thomas Holcomb||Major General / Lieutenant General||December 1, 1936||December 31, 1943|
|18.||Alexander A. Vandegrift||Lieutenant General / General||January 1, 1944||December 31, 1947|
|19.||Clifton B. Cates||General||January 1, 1948||December 31, 1951|
|20.||Lemuel C. Shepherd, Jr.||General||January 1, 1952||December 31, 1955|
|21.||Randolph M. Pate||General||January 1, 1956||December 31, 1959|
|22.||David M. Shoup||General||January 1, 1960||December 31, 1963|
|23.||Wallace M. Greene, Jr.||General||January 1, 1964||December 31, 1967|
|24.||Leonard F. Chapman, Jr.||General||January 1, 1968||December 31, 1971|
|25.||Robert Everton Cushman, Jr.||General||January 1, 1972||30 June, 1975|
|26.||Louis H. Wilson, Jr.||General||1 July, 1975||30 June, 1979|
|27.||Robert H. Barrow||General||1 July, 1979||30 June, 1983|
|28.||Paul X. Kelley||General||1 July, 1983||30 June, 1987|
|29.||Alfred M. Gray, Jr.||General||1 July, 1987||30 June, 1991|
|30.||Carl E. Mundy, Jr.||General||1 July, 1991||30 June, 1995|
|31.||Charles C. Krulak||General||1 July, 1995||30 June, 1999|
|32.||James L. Jones||General||1 July, 1999||January 12, 2003|
|33.||Michael W. Hagee||General||January 13, 2003||November 13, 2006|
|34.||James T. Conway||General||November 14, 2006||Incumbent|
MARINE CORPS HISTORY DIVISION ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR MASTER'S THESES AND DISSERTATION FELLOWSHIPS IN MARINE CORP HISTORY MARINE CORPS HERITAGE FOUNDATION FUNDS FELLOWSHIPS TO ENCOURAGE CONTRIBUTIONS TO MARINE CORPS HISTORY.
Feb 17, 2011; TRIANGLE, Va. ( -- The following information was released by the office of Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Kelly: The Marine Corps History...