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Marine Corps Reserve Anniversary
180829-M-ZZ999-100.JPG Photo By: Mr. Jay Connolly

Aug 29, 2018
New Orleans, LA. - On August 29 of this year, the Marine Corps Reserve celebrates its 102nd year of existence. From World War I through the Global War on Terrorism, the Marine Corps Reserve has played an essential role in the Marine Corps Total Force by augmenting and reinforcing the Active Component across the full range of military operations. For 102 years, the Marine Corps has served as our nation’s premier force in readiness, due in large part to the steadfast performance of the men and women of the Reserve Component. As early as the Civil War, both civilian and military leaders recognized the need for a Naval Reserve, which included detachments of Marines, to quickly augment the fleet in the event of war. Prior to World War I, individual states attempted to meet this need through naval militias under state control. The lack of a centralized, national force, however, limited the combat effectiveness and readiness of these units.


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