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In the United States Marine Corps, the ground combat element (GCE) is the land force of a Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF). It provides power projection and force for the MAGTF.

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Role within the MAGTFEdit

The ground combat element (GCE), composed primarily of infantry units (infantry battalions organized into battalion landing teams, regimental combat teams, and Marine divisions). These organizations contain a headquarters unit that provides command and control (management and planning for manpower, intelligence, operations and training, and logistics functions) as well as scout/sniper, aviation liaison/forward air controller, NBC defense, communications, service (supply, motor transport, weapons maintenance, and dining facility), and Navy combat medical and chaplain's corps personnel. The GCE also contains combat support units, including artillery, armor (tank, assault amphibian, and light armored reconnaissance), combat engineer (including EOD), and reconnaissance units. At the division level, the GCE also contains limited organic combat service support, including a truck company, a military police/law enforcement company, and the division band.

U.S. Marine Corps InfantryEdit

Marine Infantry Battalions

As the largest component of the GCE, Marine infantry is essentially multi-purpose, heavily manned and equipped, light infantry (e.g., a Marine rifle squad having 13 Marines, vice nine soldiers in an U.S. Army rifle squad). With three rifle companies that are over 40% larger, plus a weapons company, and an additional 100 members in its Headquarters and Service Company (as compared to the TO&E of an Army light infantry battalion), the Marine infantry battalion contains approximately 970 members as compared to approximately 560 in an Army light infantry battalion.

Marine infantry battalions that are reinforced to form a Battalion Landing Team (BLT) are also very heavily supported (as compared to Army light infantry) with additional organic assets. This combat support includes: a field artillery howitzer battery containing a firing platoon of four 155mm howitzers and a firing platoon of four 120mm mortars, plus three reinforced armored vehicle platoons (including one each of amphibious assault vehicles, main battle tanks, and light armored reconnaissance vehicles), and one platoon each of infantry reconnaissance and combat engineers.

While primarily trained, organized and equipped to be foot-mobile, Marine infantry is of course, prepared to execute amphibious operations, either by Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAV-P7-A1), Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC), Rigid-Hulled Inflatable Boat (RHIB/RIB), Rigid buoyant boat (RBB), or conventional landing craft such as the Landing Craft Utility (LCU 1466/1610/1627) and Landing Craft Mechanized (LCM-8), etc. In addition, all Marine infantry units are prepared, and regularly train, to perform heliborne, or "vertical envelopment" (i.e., air assault) operations when supported by MV-22 medium tiltrotor and/or CH-53 heavy helicopters and mechanized operations (when supported by attached amphibious assault vehicle units). Additionally, some Marine infantrymen (usually only those assigned to reconnaissance or special operations units) attend U.S. Army Airborne or Ranger training. However, since the USMC does not maintain either airborne or Ranger infantry units, only a relatively small number of Marines ever attend these two schools.

Furthermore, while not designated as special operations forces, deployed Marine Expeditionary Units (containing a heavily reinforced Marine infantry battalion, consisting of approximately 1,200 Marines and Navy personnel, designated as a BLT) are certified as capable of performing some ""special operations"" type missions. In addition to significant differences between Marine infantry and their US Army counterparts in training and organization, there are some differences in individual weapons, equipment, and vehicles, as well.

The Marine Corps conducts infantry training at three locations:

Current Marine Infantry Organization

OrganizationEdit

The size of the GCE varies in proportion to the size of the MAGTF. A Marine Expeditionary Force has a division (MARDIV). A Marine Expeditionary Brigade holds an infantry regiment, reinforced with equipment and personnel from various divisional combat support regiments (i.e., artillery) and battalions (e.g., armor). The various Marine Expeditionary Units command a reinforced infantry battalion, which includes various combat support unit attachments. Generally, MEF postings are permanent, while MEBs and MEUs rotate their GCE, ACE, and LCE twice annually.

Hierarchy of Marine ground unitsEdit

1st Marine Division
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GCE of I Marine Expeditionary Force
Battalion Name Insignia Nickname
Headquarters Battalion 1st Marine Division
 
Standard Bearers

1st Marine RegimentEdit

Battalion Name Insignia Nickname
1st Battalion 1st Marines
 
First of the First
2nd Battalion 1st Marines
 
The Professionals
3rd Battalion 1st Marines
 
Thundering Third
1st Battalion 4th Marines
 
The China Marines

5th Marine RegimentEdit

Battalion Name Insignia Nickname
1st Battalion 5th Marines
 
Geronimo
2nd Battalion 5th Marines
 
Raiders
3rd Battalion 5th Marines
 
Darkhorse
2nd Battalion 4th Marines
 
The Magnificent Bastards

7th Marine RegimentEdit

Battalion Name Insignia Nickname
1st Battalion 7th Marines
 
First Team
2nd Battalion 7th Marines
 
War Dogs
3rd Battalion 7th Marines
 
The Cutting Edge
3rd Battalion 4th Marines
 
Darkside

11th Marine RegimentEdit

Battalion Name Insignia Nickname
1st Battalion 11th Marines
 
The Avengers
2nd Battalion 11th Marines
 
Meta-Evolutionists
3rd Battalion 11th Marines
 
The XX Hatchlings L
5th Battalion 11th Marines
 
Safiticy

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Other 1st Marine Division battalionsEdit

Battalion Name Insignia Nickname
1st Tank Battalion
 
1st Tanks
1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion
 
Highlander
3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion
 
Wolfpack
1st Reconnaissance Battalion
 
True That
1st Combat Engineer Battalion
 
The Super Breed
3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion
 
3rd Tracks

2nd Marine Division
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GCE of II Marine Expeditionary Force
Battalion Name Insignia Nickname
Headquarters Battalion 2nd Marine Division
 
 

2nd Marine RegimentEdit

Battalion Name Insignia Nickname
1st Battalion 2nd Marines
 
Timberwolf
2nd Battalion 2nd Marines
 
Warlords
3rd Battalion 2nd Marines
 
Betio Bastards
3rd Battalion 9th Marines
 
Shadow Warriors

6th Marine RegimentEdit

Battalion Name Insignia Nickname
1st Battalion 6th Marines
 
 
2nd Battalion 6th Marines
 
The Ready Battalion
3rd Battalion 6th Marines
 
Teufelhunden
2nd Battalion 9th Marines
 
Hell in a Helmet

8th Marine RegimentEdit

Battalion Name Insignia Nickname
1st Battalion 8th Marines
 
The Beirut Battalion
2nd Battalion 8th Marines
 
America's Battalion
3rd Battalion 8th Marines
 
 
1st Battalion 9th Marines
 
The Walking Dead

10th Marine RegimentEdit

Battalion Name Insignia Nickname
1st Battalion 10th Marines
 
Nightmare
2nd Battalion 10th Marines
 
Pathfinder Battalion
3rd Battalion 10th Marines
 
Seven For One
5th Battalion 10th Marines
 
The Five and Dime

Other 2nd Marine Division battalionsEdit

Battalion Name Insignia Nickname
2nd Tank Battalion
 
Iron Horse
2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion
 
Destroyers
2nd Reconnaissance Battalion
 
 
2nd Combat Engineer Battalion
 
 
2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion
 
2nd Tracks

3rd Marine Division
Edit

GCE of III Marine Expeditionary Force
Battalion Name Insignia Nickname
Headquarters Battalion 3rd Marine Division
 
 

3rd Marine RegimentEdit

Battalion Name Insignia Nickname
1st Battalion 3rd Marines
 
Lava Dogs
2nd Battalion 3rd Marines
 
Nightfighters
3rd Battalion 3rd Marines
 
America's Battalion
1st Battalion 12th Marines
 
 

4th Marine RegimentEdit

Battalion Name Insignia Nickname
1st Battalion 4th Marines
 
The China Marines
2nd Battalion 4th Marines
 
The Magnificent Bastards
3rd Battalion 4th Marines
 
Third Herd

12th Marine RegimentEdit

Battalion Name Insignia Nickname
1st Battalion 12th Marines
 
 
3rd Battalion 12th Marines
 
Warrior of the Pacific

Other 3rd Marine Division battalionsEdit

Battalion Name Insignia Nickname
3rd Reconnaissance Battalion
 
The Forward Shadow
Combat Assault Battalion
 
The Iron Fist

4th Marine Division
Edit

GCE of Marine Forces Reserve
Battalion Name Insignia Nickname
Headquarters Battalion 4th Marine Division
   

14th Marine RegimentEdit

Battalion Name Insignia Nickname
1st Battalion 14th Marines
 
At The Ready
2nd Battalion 14th Marines
 
 
3rd Battalion 14th Marines
 
 
4th Battalion 14th Marines
 
 
5th Battalion 14th Marines
 
 

23rd Marine RegimentEdit

Battalion Name Insignia Nickname
1st Battalion 23rd Marines
 
Fighting Texans
2nd Battalion 23rd Marines
 
Marshall
3rd Battalion 23rd Marines
 
 

24th Marine RegimentEdit

Battalion Name Insignia Nickname
1st Battalion 24th Marines
 
The Terror from the North
2nd Battalion 24th Marines
The Mad Ghosts
3rd Battalion 24th Marines
 
 

25th Marine RegimentEdit

Battalion Name Insignia Nickname
1st Battalion 25th Marines
 
New England's Own
2nd Battalion 25th Marines
 
 
3rd Battalion 25th Marines
 
Cold Steel Warriors

Other 4th Marine Division battalionsEdit

Battalion Name Insignia Nickname
4th Tank Battalion
 
 
Anti-Terrorism Battalion
   
4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion
 
Iron Horse Marines
4th Reconnaissance Battalion
 
 
4th Combat Engineer Battalion
 
 
4th Assault Amphibian Battalion
 
 

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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