Yip, Marines deploy and if you are thinking about joining the Marines, you better like to travel. But, before you go anywhere we are crazy sick in making sure you are thoroughly trained. Not kinda, but very thoroughly and professionally.
Usually infantry Marines will do a six month work up prior to doing a 6-7 month deployment. Like these Marines in 29 Palms, an easy going comfortable, plush work up is being conducted…….plush, ya sure that’s what it is, Not!
URBAN STRIDE – U.S. Marines and Navy sailors participate in a clearing exercise in the urban terrain facility on the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, Calif., Oct. 2, 2008. The Marines and sailors are assigned to Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment. U.S. Marine photo by Lance Cpl. Zachary J. Nola
Being a unique organization by itself, Marines have what are called Marine Expeditionary Units (Grunt speak: they are units of Navy ships loaded with an Infantry BN and a wing asset that does a 6 mo float). A MEU will be a float the full deployment. Then if anything “pops” up you have a MEU from the East Coast, Left Coast and Japan afloat at all times to be on the door steps of some smuck in a couple days. “Nothing worse that waking up and seeing US ships off your coast knowing they are full of Marines”.
(DRAGON FLIGHT – As seen through a night-viewing device, a Sea Dragon helicopter conducts flight operations aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer in the Pacific Ocean, Oct. 7, 2008. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class )
Regardless of the future for Iraq and Afghanistan, Marines will always have these MEUs afloat as a no kidding “911” force. These ships can go ashore and remain self sustained for up to 30 days without any (that’s zero) help from anyone. They do this by coordinating up with Maritime prepositioned ships holding logistics in the ships hulls to mesh with the Marines. Great concept, Brilliant!!!! So brilliant, the US Army is now beginning to do it.
Class dismissed! (Enjoyed a nice Padron 1964 cigar during this post)