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From the halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli we fight our countrys battles in the air on land and sea First to fight for right and freedom and to keep our honor clean we are proud to claim the title of United States Marine Alexander 398Why is this first verse of The Marines Hymn so familiar to me and to my parents and grandparents before me As history writes the Marines have written their page in history and have also won a place in the hearts and souls of AmericansFrom the time of the battle cries of the civil war to the beginning of the horrors of trench warfare during World War I the United States government evolved from a nation divided to a global empire The foreign policy of America became to protect American interests everywhere and anywhere The United States Marine Corps evolved to meet this challenge The challenge was to be always ready or more eloquently put always faithful Semper Fidelis How did The Marine Corps grow from relative obscurity to become an elite American fighting force advancing American Imperialsim and proud protector of the American Empire In declared wars the nation always found need for an instantly available rigorously trained force of relentless fighters But in the extra-curricular fighting of the imperial age they The Marines were especially handy presenting a powerful national military presence in something of a seagoing constabulary role always politically easier to commit than the Army Alexander 14The way the Marines became so important and reliable is for the most part due to their training The policy of the Marines is to take a man or woman who meets the requirements height weight no criminal record no broken bones the average American Joe and they turn him or her into a Marine Webster The process by which this happens can be described in two different ways the first being the physical realm In this realm
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