The Commandant of the United States Marine Corps is the highest ranking officer of the United States Marine Corps, who is a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and reports to the Secretary of the Navy but not to the Chief of Naval Operations. As with the other joint chiefs, the commandant is responsible for insuring the organization and readiness of his respective service branch and for advising the President. However, as with the other joint chiefs, the commandant has no operational command authority.
The Commandant of the MarineCorps is the highest-ranking officer of the MarineCorps, though he may not be the senior officer in time and grade.
As of October 2005, Marine Generals Peter Pace (Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff) and James L. Jones (Commander of the UnitedStates European Command; NATO Supreme Allied Commander, Europe; and a former commandant of the MarineCorps) are senior in time and grade to the commandant.
Marines and those familiar with MarineCorps tradition will often object to the use of the term "ex-Marine," Marines are inculcated with the Marine ethos "Once a Marine, always a Marine." Former Marine refers to an individual that completed their service and has received an honorable or general discharge from the service.
The MarineCorps is part of the UnitedStates Navy, however the Commandant of the MarineCorps, the highest ranking officer and representative of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, does report to the Secretary of the Navy, but does not report to the Chief of Naval Operations.
Historically, UnitedStatesMarineCorps are known for several campaigns as referenced in their anthem "From the Halls of Montezuma to the Shores of Tripoli".
The Marines are proud of their Gung-ho attitude and are inculcated with a strong belief in their chain of command and the importance of esprit de corps, a spirit of enthusiasm and pride in themselves and the Corps.
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