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Dempsey: Marine Corps is "Rock Upon Which This Great Military of Ours Rests."

By Jim Garamone

In a town hall meeting held yesterday at Marine Corps Air Station, Beaufort, S.C. , a young Marine asked the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army General Martin E. Dempsey what the United States expects from its Marine Corps. “We need you to be exactly who you are,” Dempsey replied, before going on to say that the Marine Corps is the “rock upon which this great military rests.”

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General Dempsey went on to say that given the current fiscal situation, the military—and especially the Marines—must remain constant and that in addition to being the nation’s ready force, the Marine Corps has another, equally important image it projects to the country—one based on character. He pointed out that the Marines’ Hymn is the only service song that specifically mentions a value, saying that, “I find that that to be the most important thing about the United States Marine Corps, that you take it upon yourselves to commit to keep your honor clean,” before concluding, “What do I expect of the Marine Corps? I expect you to be Marines.”

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