The number of marines who die each year varies. In 2013, 10 Marines died in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and at least 13 Marines died in incidents in the United States.Continue Reading
In 2013, seven marines were killed in a training accident at Hawthorne Army Depot in Nevada when a mortar round exploded during an exercise. Another four marines died while clearing unexploded ordnance at Camp Pendleton in California. Lance Cpl. Sara Castromata and Cpl. Jacob Wooley were shot and killed by a third Marine at Quantico in Virginia.
Most of the marines who perished in Operation Enduring Freedom in 2013 died in Helmand province of Afghanistan. Cpl. David M. Sonka and Staff Sgt. Eric D. Christian were killed in Farah province when an Afghan National Army soldier turned his weapon against them. Lance Cpl. Benjamin W. Tuttle died at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany.Learn more about Military
The famous marine phrase "ooh rah" is a motivational expression of spirit and valor that originated among marines stationed in Korea in 1953. Marines use "ooh rah" to communicate approval, resilience and determination.Full Answer >
"Jarheads" is a slang term for Marines that was coined by sailors during World War II. The initial intent was as an insult toward Marines, but Marines embraced the term, and it gained acceptance as a descriptor for them.Full Answer >
To gain a rank in the U.S. Marines as of 2015, perform your duty adequately and meet the time in service and time in grade requirements. Promotions from E-1 to E-2 and E-2 to E-3 occur when the time requirements are met. Subsequent promotions have time requirements and can only occur when there is a vacancy in the higher rank.Full Answer >
Retired Marines do use the phrase "Semper Fi." Short for "Semper Fidelis," the U.S. Marine Corps motto translates from Latin as "Always Faithful." The term is used both in direct reference to the official motto and as a colloquialism among Marines.Full Answer >