THIS IS MY RIFLE.
There are many like it but this one is mine.
My rifle is my best friend. It is my life.
I must master it as I master my life.
My rifle, without me is useless. Without my rifle, I am useless.
I must fire my rifle true.
I must shoot straighter than any enemy who is trying to kill me.
I must shoot him before he shoots me.
My rifle and myself know that what counts in this war is not the rounds we fire, the noise of our burst, nor the smoke we make.
We know that it is the hits that count.
We will hit...
My rifle is human, even as I, because it is my life.
Thus, I will learn it as a brother.
I will learn its weakness, its strength, its parts, its accessories, its sights and its barrel.
I will keep my rifle clean and ready, even as I am clean and ready.
We will become part of each other.
Before God I swear this creed.
My rifle and myself are the defenders of my country.
We are the masters of our enemy.
We are the saviors of my life.
So be it, until victory is America's and there is no enemy, but Peace.
Below are two categories: Required Info and Optional Info. The Required links are what you must learn in order to graduate basic training. The optional links are ones that you should know but are not as important.
"Every Marine is, first and foremost, a rifleman. All other conditions are secondary." - Gen. A. M. Gray
Marines I see as two breeds, Rottweilers or Dobermans, because Marines come in two varieties, big and mean, or skinny and mean. They're aggressive on the attack and tenacious on defense. They've got really short hair and they always go for the throat.RADM "Jay" R. Stark
Freedom is not free, but the U.S. Marine Corps will pay most of your share.Ned Dolan
There are only two kinds of people that understand Marines: Marines and those who have met them in battle. Everyone else has a second-hand opinionUnknown
The Marines have landed and have the situation well in hand!Richard Harding Davis
Come on, you sons of bitches-do you want to live foreverSergeant Major Dan Daly
A ship without Marines is like a garment without buttons.Admiral David D. Porter
Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference. The Marines don't have that problem.President Ronald Reagan