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Being a Marine is the most challenging and rewarding responsibility a person could face It is a known fact that the Marines have the toughest and most difficulty training course in the world Men and women from all over the world try their abilities of strength and courage to see what life can throw at them and what it is to be a true MarineConner The United States Marine mental and moral qualities have been tested throughout history Through the long history of the Marine Corps there are examples both in war and in peace of such qualities as versatility trustworthiness singleness and tenacity of purpose courage faithfulness and self-sacrifice Marines Welcome On November 10 1775 the Continental Congress meeting in Philadelphia passed a resolution stating that two Battalions of Marines be raised for service as landing forces with the fleet This resolution established the Continental Marines and marked the birth date of the United States Marine Corps Serving on land and at sea these first Marines distinguished themselves in a number of important operations including their first amphibious raid into the Bahamas in March 1776 under the command of Captain later Major Samuel Nicholas Nicholas the first commissioned officer in the Continental Marines remained the senior Marine officer throughout the American Revolution and is considered to be the first Marine Commandant The Treaty of Paris in April 1783 brought an end to the Revolutionary War and as the last of the Navys ships were sold the Continental Navy and Marines went out of existenceFollowing the Revolutionary War and the formal re-establishment of the Marine Corps on 11 July 1798 Marines saw action in the quasi-war with France landed in Santo Domingo and took part in many operations against the Barbary pirates along the Shores of Tripoli Marines participated in numerous naval operations during the War of 1812 as well as participating in the defense of Washington at Bladensburg Maryland and fought alongside Andrew Jackson
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