Marine Corps History: Defining The Duties Of The United States Marine Corps

Carl | June 4, 2012 

Title: Defining the Duties of the United States Marine Corps

Category: Executive Order No. 969
Author/Presenter: President Theodore Roosevelt

Date: 12 November 1908

In accordance with the power vested in me by section 1619, Revised Statutes of the United States, the following duties are assigned to the United States Marine Corps:

(1) To garrison the different navy yards and naval stations, both within and beyond the continental limits of the United States.

(2) To furnish the first line of the mobile defense of naval bases and naval stations beyond the continental limits of the United States.

(3) To man such naval defenses, and to aid in manning, if necessary, such other defenses, as may be erected for the defense of naval bases and naval stations beyond the continental limits of the United States.

(4) To garrison the Isthmian Canal Zone, Panama.

(5) To furnish such garrisons and expeditionary forces for duties beyond the seas as may be necessary in time of peace.

Theodore Roosevelt

THE WHITE HOUSE, November 12, 1908,

(No. 969)

Source: Re-printed with the permission of the Marine Corps History Division



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