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Title: USMC—Introduction

Action: In the background is the Marine seal. Marine music is playing in the background. The following quotes from the Congressional testimony at the House Armed Services Committee is faded into the center of the screen, overlaying the seal:

A versatile, expeditionary force in readiness
...A balanced force for a naval campaign and a ground and air striking force...
...Always at a high state of readiness
Ready to suppress or contain international disturbances short of war
...To be the most ready when the Nation generally is least ready.

Voice: From the halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli, the Marine Corps has a rich tradition of service to the nation. The draw-down of forces following World War Two left the nation ill-prepared to meet the challenges of limited wars like Korea. In 1952, Congress acted to make sure the nation had an expeditionary force in readiness, ready when the nation generally is least ready. It set the force structure of the Marine Corps to be no less than 3 divisions.

Action: The text is replaced by the following quote from Marine Corps Strategy 21, center screen:

Premier expeditionary “Total Force in Readiness”

Voice: Always being ready, ready to go anywhere at any time, is part of what makes a Marine, a Marine. The Marine ethos is reinforced by doctrine and training.

Action: The seal fades out and is replaced on the right with a picture of the cover of MCDP 1. On the left is the following selection from the foreword of MCDP 1:

Very simply, this publication describes the philosophy which distinguishes the U.S. Marine Corps. The thoughts contained here are not merely guidance for action in combat but a way of thinking.

Action: Pictures of Marines and airpower are faded in and out for the rest of the narration after the previous text is faded out.

Voice: All Marines are trained as riflemen. Every Marine, regardless of rank or specialty, qualifies with the rifle every year. This training instills the essence of what a Marine warrior does and why he exists. A Marine F-18 pilot never forgets he is first a rifleman. Marine doctrine is presented as a way of thinking that unites all Marines within the Corps. To understand the Marine perspective on the use of airpower, you’ll need to need to understand their doctrine—their way of thinking

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