I can tell you that no one branch is the first to fight or first in last out. Yes I said it, the Marine Corps is not the first to fight and neither is the Army, Navy or Air Force.
❓And how exactly do we go about determining who the first to fight actually is? Is it the first U.S. troop to cross into a certain area? Or the first special-ops troop to sneak into an area? Or is it the first entire unit capable of sustaining battle to enter an area? Or is it the first pilot to drop a bomb? Or is it the first U.S. troop to engage the enemy? I don't know the answer and neither do any of you, so let’s give this one a rest. How about this: America is the first to fight. Yea, I like that!
What I will say about the Marine Corps is this, and it is not open to debate:
🌎The USMC is the only branch that is forward deployed 365/24/7 as a complete unit capable of sustaining war all by itself for about a month. These Marine units travel on ships with all the war fighting gear including jet fighters, artillery and all the other elements of combat. These units are not on stand-by and are spread out throughout the world's hot spots ready for action. No other branch can make this claim. So when a crisis erupts anywhere in the world, the first to respond will most likely be these units aboard these ships. Whether they get off and take part in the crisis is another story.
The Marine Corps at one time may have been the first to fight, but this cool slogan does not apply today and it hasn't applied for decades. And to ruffle even more feathers, the USMC is not the first in and last out like many go round claiming.
No branch can claim to be the first in or last out in each and every conflict. No one branch is the first to fight, but very often the Marine Corps will be the first to respond since they are always out there in areas of great concern. Keep in mind there is a difference in "responding" and in actually taking part.
⭐And for the record: I actually was not taught while in the Marine Corps that we are the first to fight. Just keep in mind that most of the time it is people who have never served in the Corps who insist on spreading this tall tale along with many others.
Can you imagine having Army combat units ready to go in an area such as South Korea, but not using them first because of this "first to fight" nonsense. Sounds silly, doesn't it.
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