I can tell you
that no one branch is the first to fight or first in last out. Yes I
said it, the Marine Corps is not the first to fight and neither is the
Army or Navy or Air Force.
how exactly do we go about determining who the first to fight actually
is? Is it the first U.S. troop to cross into a certain area? Or the first
special-ops troop to sneak into an area? Or is is the first entire unit
capable of sustaining battle to enter an area? Or is it the first pilot
to drop a bomb? Or is it the first US troop to engage the enemy? I don't
know the answer and neither do any of you, so let’s give this one a
rest. How about this: America is the first to fight. Yea, I like that!
What I can say about the Marine Corps is this, and it is not open to debate:
USMC is the only branch that is forward deployed 365/24/7 as a complete
unit capable of sustaining war all by itself for about a month.
Marine units travel on ships with all the war fighting gear including
jet fighters, tanks, artillery and all the other elements of combat.
These units are not on stand-by and are spread out throughout the
world's hot spots ready for action. No other branch can make this claim.
So when a crisis erupts anywhere in the world, the first to respond
will most likely be these units aboard these ships. Whether they get off
and take part in the crisis is another story.
Marine Corps at one time may of been the first to fight, but this cool
slogan does not apply today and it hasn't applied for decades. And to
ruffle even more feathers, the USMC is not the first in and last out
like many go round claiming.
branch can claim to be the first in or last out in each and every
conflict. No one branch is the first to fight, but very often the Marine
Corps will be the first to respond since they are always out there in
areas of great concern. Keep in mind there is a difference in
"responding" and in actually taking part.
for the record: I actually was not taught while in the Marine Corps
that we are the first to fight. Just keep in mind that most of the time
it is people who have never served in the Corps who insist on spreading
this tall tale along with many others.
you imagine having Army combat units ready to go in an area such as
South Korea, but not using them first because of this "first to fight"
nonsense. Sounds silly, doesn't it.