“In the last analysis, what the Marine Corps becomes is what we make of it during our respective watches. And that watch of each Marine is not confined to the time he spends on active duty. It lasts as long as he is “proud to bear the title of United States Marine.”

Gen Louis H. Wilson, 26th CMC, 22 Aug. 1975

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“The Marine Corps is particularly sensitive to competition from the other services that were behind 20 efforts to eliminate or shrink the corps in the past.”

The making of the Modern Marine Corps, Aaron B. O’Connell 2012