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    • Marine Forces Reserve Birthday

      U.S. Marine Capt. Chandler Brown, the executive officer for Alpha Company, 4th Tank Battalion, 4th Marine Division, Marine Forces Reserve, marches forward with the color guard during the company’s deactivation ceremony in 41 Area on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, July 18, 2020. Alpha Co., along with the rest of 4th Tank Bn., was activated in 1943 during World War II. Since then, the battalion has participated in every war the Marine Corps has fought in. Alpha Co. is the first of 4th Tanks’ six companies to deactivate. The Marine Corps is divesting its tank battalions following the commandant’s guidance in Force Design 2030. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Andrew Cortez)


      The United States Marine Corps has a well known reputation of being an elite fighting force that will rival any modern nation’s army. It is because of these brave men and women who we call Marines that our nation is secure and free from terror. Many are familiar with the Marines but there are those within the Corps that also deserve our thanks and that is the lesser known Marine Forces Reserve.

      The Marine Forces Reserve was founded on August 29, 1916 under a Congress passed Naval Appropriations Act which is responsible for mission ready Reservist Marines to serve both foreign and domestic in America’s time of need. Every year these Marines celebrate their indoctrination into the Corps and are recognized within the United States Armed Forces. It is only fitting that we, the Third Infantry Division, also recognize these individuals for their service.

      The Marine Forces Reserve is made up of some 38,500 Marines and Sailors which are designated into two different categories. The Selected Marine Corps Reserve are Marines that serve one weekend a month and two weeks a year, similar to the US Army’s Reserves. The second being the Individual Ready Reserve. These Marines completed their Active Duty obligations but they are still on record within the USMC for use in time of emergency.

      To find out more about the US Marine Forces Reserve follow the link provided below.


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