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Why Marines?

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Cheetah, Jan 15, 2010.

  1. Patroklos

    Patroklos Deity

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    Not sure if this have been mentioned, but on average a Marine costs 20,000 less to produce than other service members. It probably has to do with the Marine Corps lacking many specialized areas.
     
  2. Ecofarm

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    It might be the lack of specialization that makes them commonly used in movies. Army could be a helicopter pilot, predator operater, etc. Navy could be a sailor or flyboy. Airforce could be a forward observer or flyboy. Marine... mostly infantry and direct support. It's the branch that ~= grunt across-the-board. There are some REMFy marines but much fewer than other branches, I guess.

    I know the marines have pilots, etc, but I think the percetage of those type stuff to infantrymen is less.
     
  3. Patroklos

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    It is very much so, especially since they get so much of their support from the Navy. The Marines, for instance, do not have any chaplains or medical professionals of their own.

    That right there is going to increase the average cost of a sailor over a marine, as military nurses and doctors get a lot of bonuses and higher entry level ranks. Its a similar story for nukes, a very expensive specialty the Marines have no equivalent to.
     
  4. Death_Machine

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    That is a very fair statement. I have done some joint training with the Rangers @ Ft. Collins & Ft. Lewis, good times. Those guys have my respect.
     
  5. say1988

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    Can't vouch for accuracy, but in Full Metal Jacket, they clearly had some say in what job the received. While it seemed like most were just being given the jobs, when Joker is assigned as a journalist it is made clear that it was his choice. Seeming to imply they submitted what they wanted, but there were no guarantees.

    Reminds me about Canada in WWII:
    In an attempt to get more recruits they promised that volunteers could get whatever specialty they wanted, which of course resulted in many people wanting something with few slots (the big one was something to do with RADAR, I believe). So they were assigned to what they wanted, and immediately reassigned to where the army wanted them (such as artillery) and the men only found out when they arrived at their units, not where they thought they were going.

    Well they have done regular army work since WWI, at least, when they weren't needed for any special job, just like the Army would do the Marines job when they were available and Marines weren't.
     
  6. Ecofarm

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    Marine < Ranger
    Marine < Para
    Marine ~= 10th Mtn or 101st

    Recon Marine ~= Ranger
    Recon Marine ~= Para

    Para < Ranger
     
  7. warpus

    warpus In pork I trust

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    It is clear to me that marines used to be marine biologists who were made fun of by the other biologists, so they learned how to fight and forgot all about biology.
     
  8. Flying Pig

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    Real Para > 10 Rangers.
    Real Marine > 10 US Marines

    :mischief:
     
  9. bhsup

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    I think we can all agree that
    ROK Marines > every other marine but US Marines. Yes?
     
  10. MobBoss

    MobBoss Off-Topic Overlord

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    I dunno, those somali ones seem to be getting the most press these days.....:mischief:
     
  11. Death_Machine

    Death_Machine Slaytanic Warrior

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    If you were me you would have been given points for trolling, right TURNER?

    However, I find your comment amusing.

    Moderator Action: Warned, trolling, PDMA.
    Please read the forum rules: http://forums.civfanatics.com/showthread.php?t=422889
     
  12. say1988

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    Without saying anything with respect to accuracy, there is a problem with one of the last 3.
     
  13. bhsup

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    :lol: Mobby, I actually stared at my monitor for about 15 seconds trying to figure out what the hey you were talking about before it hit me!
     

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