The US Marine Corps by the numbers

The U. S. Marine Corps celebrated its 242nd birthday on Nov. 10. Pictured is the us Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Va.

(AP Photo/David J. Ake)

The U. S. Marine Corps celebrated its 242nd birthday on Nov. 10.

Below are some of the important figures and data for the military branch, which employs tens of thousands of service members within its ranks.

1798: This is when the Marine Corps Band was established by an act of parliament, the marine Corps website says.

“The mission is unique—to provide music for the President of the United States and the Commandant of the marine Corps,” he explains.

183,477: The total number of active duty service to the members of August 2017, according to the Defense Manpower Defense Center (DMDC).

15,384: The number of active duty women in the marine Corps as of August, the DMDC says.

39,106: The amount of people in the Marine Corps Reserve from August.


1883: The year “Semper Fidelis” became the official Marine Corps motto. The term means “always faithful” in Latin.

Nov. 21, 1942: This is when the then commandant of the marine Corps Thomas Holcomb approved by a line in “The Marines’ Hymn” be changed to “on land and On the sea” to “In the air, on land, on sea,” the marine Corps says.

3: The number of core Marine Corps values. They are honor, courage and commitment.

1: The current commandant of the marine Corps, Gen. Robert B. Neller.

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