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US Marine Corp Trivia Quiz Questions With Answers

Interesting long printable trivia quiz with answers about the United States Marine Corp.

 

What is the United States Marine Corps?
A: The United States Marine Corps (USMC)is a branch of the United States Armed Forces responsible for conducting expeditionary and amphibious operations with the United States Navy as well as the Army and Air Force.

The U.S. Marine Corps is one of the four armed service what?
A: Branches in the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and one of the seven uniformed services of the United States.

The Marine Corps has been a component of the U.S. Department of the Navy since when?
A: June 30, 1834.

The USMC operates installations on land and aboard sea-going what?
A: Amphibious warfare ships.

Additionally, several of the Marines' tactical aviation squadrons, primarily Marine Fighter Attack squadrons, are also embedded in what?
A: Navy carrier air wings and operate from the aircraft carriers.

The history of the Marine Corps began when two battalions of Continental Marines were formed on 10 November 1775 in Philadelphia as a what?
A: A service branch of infantry troops capable of fighting both at sea and on shore.

In the Pacific theater of World War II the Corps took the lead in a massive campaign of what?
A: Amphibious warfare, advancing from island to island.

The Marine Band was dubbed the "President's Own" by whom?
A: Thomas Jefferson.

What does the Marine band do?
A: It provides music for state functions at the White House.

Marines from Ceremonial Companies A & B, quartered in Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C. do what?
A: Guard presidential retreats, including Camp David.

The Marines of the Executive Flight Detachment of HMX-1 provide helicopter transport to whom?
A: The President and Vice President, with the radio call signs "Marine One" and "Marine Two", respectively.

The Executive Flight Detachment also provides helicopter transport to whom?
A: Cabinet members and other VIPs.

By authority of the 1946 Foreign Service Act, the Marine Security Guards of the Marine Embassy Security Command provide security for what?
A: American embassies, legations, and consulates at more than 140 posts worldwide.

For over 200 years, Marines have served at the request of what?
A: Various Secretaries of State.

After World War II, an alert, disciplined force was needed to do what?
A: To protect American embassies, consulates, and legations throughout the world.

The Marine Corps was founded to serve as a what?
A: An infantry unit aboard naval vessels and was responsible for the security of the ship and its crew by conducting offensive and defensive combat during boarding actions and defending the ship's officers from mutiny.

To the latter end, their quarters on ship were often strategically positioned where?
A: Between the officers' quarters and the rest of the vessel.

America's first amphibious assault landing occurred early in what war?
A: The Revolutionary War, on March 3, 1776 as the Marines gained control of Fort Montague and Fort Nassau.

Throughout the late 19th and 20th centuries, Marine detachments served aboard what?
A: Navy cruisers, battleships and aircraft carriers.

Marine detachments served in their traditional duties as a ship's what?
A: Landing force, manning the ship's weapons and providing shipboard security.

Marines would develop tactics and techniques of amphibious assault on defended coastlines in time for use in what war?
A: World War II.

During World War II, Marines continued to serve on what?
A: Capital ships.

They often were assigned to man what?
A: Anti-aircraft batteries.

When gun cruisers were retired by the 1960s, the remaining Marine detachments were only seen on what?
A: Battleships and carriers.

When did its original mission of providing shipboard security finally end?
A: In the 1990s.

While the Marine Corps does not employ any unique capabilities, as a force it can rapidly what?
A: Deploy a combined-arms task force to almost anywhere in the world within days.

The basic structure for all deployed units is a Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) that integrates what?
A: A ground combat element, an aviation combat element and a Logistics Combat Element under a common command element.

The close integration of disparate Marine units stems from an organizational culture centered on the what?
A: The infantry.

This focus on the infantry is matched with the doctrine of "Every Marine is a rifleman", a focus of Commandant Alfred M. Gray, Jr., emphasizing what?
A: The infantry combat abilities of every Marine.

All Marines, regardless of military specialization, receive training as a what?
A: A rifleman; and all officers receive additional training as infantry platoon commanders.

For example, at Wake Island, when all of the Marine aircraft were destroyed, pilots continued the fight as what?
A: Ground officers, leading supply clerks and cooks in a final defensive effort.

The amphibious assault techniques developed for World War II evolved, with the addition of air assault and maneuver warfare doctrine, into what?
A: The current "Operational Maneuver from the Sea" doctrine of power projection from the seas.

The Marine Corps relies on the Navy for sealift to provide its what?
A: Its rapid deployment capabilities.

In addition to basing a third of the Fleet Marine Force in Japan, Marine Expeditionary Units (MEU) are typically stationed at sea so they can function as what?
A: First responders to international incidents.

To aid rapid deployment, the Maritime Pre-Positioning System was developed: fleets of container ships are positioned throughout the world with what?
A: Enough equipment and supplies for a Marine Expeditionary Force to deploy for 30 days.

The USMC is planning to reduce its logistical requirements and by 2025 eliminate what?
A: All liquid fuel use for Marine Expeditionary Forces, except for highly efficient vehicles.

In the Mexican–American War (1846–1848), the Marines made their famed assault on Chapultepec Palace in Mexico City, which would be later celebrated as what?
A: The "Halls of Montezuma" in the Marines' hymn.

The Marine Corps played a small role in the Civil War (1861–1865); their most prominent task was what?
A: Blockade duty.

The Navy's transition from sail to steam put into question the need for what?
A: Marines on naval ships.

The Corps was involved in how many separate interventions in the 30 years from the end of the American Civil War to the end of 19th century?
A: Over 28.

Around 1883, the Marines adopted their what?
A: Their current motto "Semper Fidelis" (Always Faithful).

John Philip Sousa, the musician and composer, enlisted as a Marine apprentice at what age?
A: The age of 13, serving from 1867 until 1872, and again from 1880 to 1892 as the leader of the Marine Band.

The U.S. Marine Corps entered World War II with 511 officers and 13,214 enlisted personnel, and by November 11, 1918 had reached a strength of what?
A: 2,400 officers and 70,000 enlisted.

Who was the first woman to enlist in the Marines?
A: Opha May Johnson. She joined the Marine Corps Reserve in 1918 during World War I, officially becoming the first female Marine.

From then until the end of World War I, how many women enlisted in the Corps?
A: 305.


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