The United States Marine Corps (USMC) - also referred to as the United States Marines - 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 Marine Corps has been a component of the U.S. Department of the Navy since 30 June 1834 and has since been in charge of a variety of missions from traditional warfare to humanitarian and disaster relief missions - or HADR for short.
The primary areas of responsibility for the Marine Corps are:
- Seizing and defending advanced naval bases;
- Performing land operations to support naval campaigns;
- Developing tactics and equipment used by amphibious armed forces during operations with Army and Air Force;
- Performing any other related duties appointed by the President or Department of Defense.
Both the Marine Corps and the Navy are led by the Secretary of the Navy and overseen by the U.S. Department of the Navy which - in turn - is a part of the Department of Defence. The Marine Corps is divided into four primary subsections: the HQMC - or the Headquarters Marine Corps, the Operating Forces, the Supporting Establishment, and the Marine Forces Reserve - the MARFORRES or USMCR.
Marine Corps Forms
The United States Marine Corps Forms and NAVMC Forms - a blanket term for the forms issued by and used within the USMC - are essential when joining the Marines, seeking marine insurance coverage or looking to apply for service-related benefits.
All of the most recent Marine Corps forms, NAVMC Forms and related DoD publications can be found via our online library or by searching through the Marine Corps Electronic Forms System - or the MCEFS for short. Follow the links below and browse all publications by form number or title and gain access to the latest PDF printables, Marine application forms and administrative issuances complete with step-by-step filing instructions and procedural guidelines.