Q: What does the Marine Corps Identity Bill do?
H.R. 24 re-designates the:
(1) Department of the Navy as the Department of the Navy and Marine Corps; and
(2) Secretary of the Navy as the Secretary of the Navy and Marine Corps. Makes similar re-designations with respect to Department Assistant Secretaries and the General Counsel.
Q: What is the history of S. 504?
Every year since 2001, Rep. Walter Jones (NC) has introduced legislation that would give the Marine Corps the equal recognition it deserves. In May 2010, his bill, HR 24, passed the House with the highest number of co-sponsors ever. Its companion bill, S. 504 introduced by Sen. Pat Roberts, now needs to pass the Senate to become law.
Q: What is the cost of the change?
Very minimal. There would be a change in the stationary sent to families right away. Other changes to documents and signage would be made when the current supply runs out or if something new is needed.
Q: Does the name change affect the Military Branches operating budget from Congress in any way?
Q: How long have the Navy and the Marines been fighting together?
Since November 10, 1775 when Captain Samuel Nicholas formed two battalions of Continental Marines in Philadelphia as naval infantry.
Q: Are there other examples of using the Navy and Marine Corps in the same name?
Yes. Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium – home of Navy football
Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society
Navy-Marine Corps Tactical Aviation
Q: What can I do to help?
Please contact your Senator or House Member and urge them to support the resolution.
Q: Can I make a contribution?
Yes, please send contributions to:
Marine Corps League
Attn: Marine Corps Identity Cause
8626 Lee Highway, suite 201
Fairfax, VA 22031
(Marine Corps League is a non-profit 501c4 organization. Contributions are tax deductible. Thanks.)
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