08:39:31 PM Jan 24th 2014
I would like to argue that Force Recon is far tougher than MARSOC. I talked with an active duty Force Recon Marine (I cheked his credentials) who went out for MARSOC. He was so dissapointed with the program, he returned to Recon. Also, First Recon Marines held off roughly 250-300 NVA during the Vietnam war with only 18 men.
12:41:37 PM Jan 13th 2012
This troper, a civilian working with Marines on a near-daily basis, once met a Marine who took an rpg to the face. Granted, it was through a viewport, but still...
04:02:36 PM Aug 31st 2010
I just moved the real life section to the trivia namespace because...well because it was just trivia and nothing to do with the concept.
07:06:15 AM Sep 1st 2010
Yeah, I could see some Real Life examples being relevant, but the ones here were just "This guy was a Marine," nothing particularly to do with the legend of the USMC, which is what this trope is all about.
05:44:15 AM Jun 13th 2010
What's this about "like US Marines protect the President and Royal Marines protect the Queen"? I thought the US Secret Service protected the President, and I'm pretty sure that the Guards Division and the Household Cavalry (units of the British Army), and the Royal Protection Branch (of the London Metropolitan Police) guard the Queen. Those aren't Royal Marines outside Buckingham Palace.
07:58:19 PM Mar 28th 2011
Marines fly the president in helicopters. My Gunnery Sergeant was the crew Chief for Marine One. I'd also assume there is an RTT (Marine SWAT) or something similar, team dedicated to the president when he is on Marine One.
02:20:10 AM Nov 27th 2013
Marine sentries also stand guard around the West Wing whenever the President is in the building, though they're more or less the President's doormen (that's not derogatory, it's actually one of the most prestigious billets in the USMC). Along with Navy seabees, they serve a similar function at Camp David.