Marine Corps FAQ - Onboarding

The official mission of the Marine Corps is established in the National Security Act of 1947, amended in 1952. In the Act, the Marines are to:

Provide Fleet Marine Force with combined arms and supporting air components for service with the United States Fleet in the seizure or defense of advanced naval bases and for the conduct of such land operations as may be essential to the execution of naval campaign.

Seal of the United States Marine Corps


  • Provide detachments and organizations for service on armed vessels of the Navy and security detachments for the protection of naval property at naval stations and bases.
  • Develop, in coordination with the Army, Navy, and Air Force, the doctrine, tactics, techniques, and equipment employed by landing forces in amphibious operations.
  • Provide Marine forces for airborne operations, in coordination with the Army, Navy, and Air Force, according to the doctrine established by the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
  • Develop, in coordination with the Army, Navy, and Air Force, the doctrine, procedures, and equipment for airborne operations.
  • Expand peacetime components to meet wartime needs according to the joint mobilization plans.
  • Perform such other duties as the President may direct.

DFAS successfully supports the Marine Corps’ accomplishment of their mission by ensuring the individual Marines and Marine Corp civilians receive their proper pay and entitlements, paying for equipment, weapons, systems and supplies, funding training and combat deployments and the subsequent accounting of all disbursed funds.

A little history…

The Marine Corps was created Nov. 10, 1775, in Philadelphia by a resolution of the Continental Congress. In 1834, the Marines came under the Department of the Navy.

Did you know… The Marine Corps is the only service using Marine Corps Total Force System (MCTFS). It is the only current integrated pay and personnel system for both the active and reserve component within Department of Defense.

To learn more about your Marine Corps customer visit the Marine Corps website