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2ndLt Gayle Hanley prepares to reload a magazine with ammunition during an exercise at the Basic School April 20, 1977. All newly commissioned officers attend the Basic School following completion of Officer Candidates School, and it is here they must prove they have the physical and mental fortitude to lead Marines.

With better information, Marines are better able to make the decisions that will win battles. Here, a Marine works with an aerial camera that will capture critical intel about the enemy during World War II.

Face your fears head-on. A recruit at Parris Island c. 1984 practices with a pugil stick during hand-to-hand combat training. Today, pugil sticks are still used to simulate how Marines use their rifles in close-quarters combat. For many recruits, these battles represent the first time they face an enemy head-on.

On four legs or two, Marines rely on one another in order to fight and defeat the enemy. Military working dogs have assisted Marines in battle since World War I. Here, a Marine guides his scout dog as they track down combatants.

Focus. Breathe. Fire. Here, a recruit aims his M16A1 rifle during training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island in 1984. For more than 100 years, Parris Island has played a vital role in the molding of citizens into Marines. It is the place where selfishness ends and self-mastery begins.

A tank mechanic works on the optic unit of a tank turret aboard a Marine Corps base in 1974. Then and today, Marine mechanics repair and care for the vehicles that help us win our nation's battles.

For 241 years, we've made Marines by challenging recruits to overcome fear and self-doubt as they face physical and mental obstacles. Pictured above, recruits struggle under a barbed wire barrier during combat training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island in September, 1984.

Wrongs in the world don’t right themselves. Against tyranny, oppression and injustice, Marines fight and win. Here, Marines take cover from shrapnel behind a blast blanket while conducting urban demolition breach training that will prepare them to face and defeat the enemy in a variety of battle scenarios. Photo by LCpl Santino Martinez.

Every Marine is trained to understand the mantra: "One Mind. Any Weapon." In battle, it is the Marine who is our nation's greatest weapon, not the equipment he or she uses. Pictured above, recruits practice bayonet techniques at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego in 1987.

Join us on our Facebook page today at 6:30 PM EDT for a live video chat with SSgt Walter Vaughn, a 0369 Infantry unit leader currently serving as a Recruiting Sub Station Commander.

Aspiring Marines climb an obstacle in 1984. For decades, the confidence course has challenged recruits to overcome their fears. Recruits must climb heights, balance on ropes and traverse cargo nets with the knowledge that they will fall. They will fail. But those few with the fighting spirit to climb again may yet prove they have what it takes to earn the title Marine.

When a flood inundated the people of Pakistan, Marines responded quickly to bring help to those in need. Here, two Pakistani women watched as U.S. Marines unloaded food from a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter during relief operations in Sindh province, Pakistan in 2010. Photo by LCpl Johnson Simeon.

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