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Resource Usmc Ranks & Grades 1775-1969 2017-05-23

A PDF covering the ranks of the USMC between 1775-1969


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    Here is a sample of the text (first few paras

    The resolution of the Continental Congress of 10 November
    1775 which established the Continental Marines also established
    the basic officer grades for the Marines: colonel, lieutenant
    colonel, major, and "other officers as usual in other regiments."
    (1) According to the practice of the day, the latter phrase
    probably meant captains, lieutenants (without differentiation,
    except between senior and junior lieutenants in the small
    units), and ensigns. In actual practice, it appears that the
    Harlnes never utilized the title of ensign and that there were
    titles of "first" and "second" lieutenant held personally and
    permanently by individual officers. (2)​

    Because of manpower shortages and various strategic con-
    siderations, the Continental Marines never achieved the
    regimental status originally prescribed? indeed, the two
    battalions were never raised as such. Thus, the highest rank
    achieved among the Continental Marines was that of major-
    Thls title was conferred 25 June 1776 on Samuel Nicholas who
    was the senior Marine officer of the Revolution and is reckoned
    as the first Commandant of the Marine Corps (3) (See Appendix
    A).

    After the winning of Independence, the new nation no
    longer considered the Continental Navy or Marines of prime
    importance, and the various warships were gradually decommis-
    sioned. The sale in 1785 of the last one. Alliance , put an
    end to our naval establishment.

    The struggling new republic, however, soon saw the neces-
    sity for a naval force large enough to protect its national
    interests and to prevent depredations by pirates. In the first
    naval legislation subsequent to the Revolution, the Act of 27
    March 1794, Marines were again authorized. At this point, it
    was envisioned that Marine guards for individual ships were
    all that would be required. Thus, the only officer rank
    allows was that of lieutenant, one to a ship. (4) As increasing
    international difficulties dictatisd the need for more naval
    personnel, more Marine officers were authorized for manning the
    new frigates. Thus, the Act of 1 July 1797 provided for two
    Marine lieutenants on the 44-gun frigates and one on the 36-
    gun frigate, then being completed. (5) Still there was no title
     
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