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List of United States Marine Corps battalions

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This is a list of current United States Marine Corps battalions, sorted by the mission they perform.


Active units

Ground Combat Element battalions

The ground combat element (GCE) consists of those combat and combat support units whose primary mission is to, (1) engage with and destroy the enemy by fire and/or maneuver, and/or shock effect, performed by infantry, field artillery, and tank units, (2) provide close battlefield support to other GCE units by assault amphibian, combat assault, light armored reconnaissance, reconnaissance, and combat engineer units, or (3) provide immediate command and control, and limited logistical support including consolidated Navy personnel administration and motor transport (medium truck) support to subordinate GCE battalions and regiments (infantry and artillery only) by Marine division (MARDIV) headquarters battalions. Additionally, this battalion provides communications networking and law enforcement support across the GCE. The headquarters battalion also includes the division band, whose tactical mission is to serve as a provisional rifle platoon in providing division headquarters security.

Note: Some GCE battalions and regiments are provided air liaison officers/forward air controllers (i.e., Marine Corps naval aviators — aircraft pilots, and naval flight officers — airborne weapons and sensor systems officers) with specialized skills in coordinating air support of ground units) from the Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW) of the aviation combat element (ACE). These officers facilitate employment of Marine aviation in support of GCE units to perform offensive air support (e.g., close air support), assault support (e.g., troop, cargo, and casualty transport, aerial command and control, liaison, communications, and illumination, and close-in fire support by light/attack helicopters), and aerial reconnaissance (e.g., tactical reconnaissance and artillery spotting).

Infantry battalions

Infantry battalions are the heart and soul of the ground combat element. The mission of locating, closing with, and destroying the enemy with fire and maneuver and repelling the enemy's assault with fire and close combat lies with the "grunts". Marine infantry battalions often have limited organic equipment outside of small arms, infantry crew-served weapons (e.g., heavy machine guns, medium mortars, and anti-tank missiles), and a few light tactical trucks. Marine infantry primarily maneuvers by foot as light infantry, and must be supplemented with additional trucks to become motorized infantry or Amphibious Assault Vehicles to become mechanized infantry.

A Marine infantry battalion is usually organized into three rifle companies, a weapons company, and a headquarters and service company. The rifle company has a company headquarters, three rifle platoons, with three rifle squads each, and a weapons platoon with medium machineguns, mortars, and assault weapons sections. The weapons company includes a company headquarters, a heavy machinegun platoon, an 81mm mortar platoon, and an antiarmor platoon. Sometimes, the commander will mix these into Combined Anti-Armor Teams. The headquarters and service company includes all command, administration, intelligence, operations, logistics, and communication Marines and equipment, as well as the battalion's Scout Sniper platoon and Medical platoon.

Marines on patrol
Marines on patrol
Mechanized Marines
Mechanized Marines
Machine gunner with M2 .50cal
Machine gunner with M2 .50cal
TOW anti-tank missile.
TOW anti-tank missile.
Battalion Name Insignia Nickname Location
1st Battalion, 1st Marines
USMC - 1st Battalion 1st Marines.png
First of the First
Camp Pendleton, California[1]
2nd Battalion, 1st Marines
The Professionals
Camp Pendleton, California[2]
3rd Battalion, 1st Marines
USMC - 3RD BN-1ST MAR 3.png
Thundering Third
Camp Pendleton, California[3]
1st Battalion, 2nd Marines
BLT 1-2 Logo.jpg
Camp Lejeune, North Carolina[4]
2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines
2nd battalion 2nd Marines Logo.png
Camp Lejeune, North Carolina[5]
3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines
32logobetio bastards.jpg
Betio Bastards
Camp Lejeune, North Carolina[6]
1st Battalion, 3rd Marines
USMC - 1st Battalion 3rd Marines.png
Lava Dogs
MCB Hawaii, Hawaii[7]
2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines
USMC - 2nd Battalion 3rd Marines.png
Island Warriors
MCB Hawaii, Hawaii[8]
3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines
3rd Battalion 3rd Marines 2017.jpg
America's Battalion
MCB Hawaii, Hawaii[9]
1st Battalion, 4th Marines
1Bn-4thMar logo.svg
The China Marines
Camp Pendleton, California[10]
2nd Battalion, 4th Marines
2-4 battalion insignia.png
Magnificent Bastards
Camp Pendleton, California[11]
3rd Battalion, 4th Marines
3 4 battalion insignia.png
MCAGCC Twentynine Palms, California[12]
1st Battalion, 5th Marines
1-5 battalion insignia.png
Camp Pendleton, California[13]
2nd Battalion, 5th Marines
2 5 battalion insignia.png
Raiders or Marauders
Camp Pendleton, California[14]
3rd Battalion, 5th Marines
3 5 battalion insignia.png
Camp Pendleton, California[15]
1st Battalion, 6th Marines
1-6 battalion insignia.png
'1/6 HARD'
Camp Lejeune, North Carolina[16]
2nd Battalion, 6th Marines
The Ready Battalion
Camp Lejeune, North Carolina[17]
3rd Battalion, 6th Marines
Camp Lejeune, North Carolina[18]
1st Battalion, 7th Marines
First Team
MCAGCC Twentynine Palms, California[19]
2nd Battalion, 7th Marines
2-7 battalion insignia.png
War Dogs
MCAGCC Twentynine Palms, California[20]
3rd Battalion, 7th Marines
3rdBn7thMar logo.jpg
The Cutting Edge
MCAGCC Twentynine Palms, California[21]
1st Battalion, 8th Marines

1st battalion 8th marines insignia.gif

The Beirut Battalion
Camp Lejeune, North Carolina[22]
2nd Battalion, 8th Marines
America's Battalion
Camp Lejeune, North Carolina[23]
3rd Battalion, 8th Marines
3rdBn 8thMar insignia.jpg
The Commandants Battalion
Camp Lejeune, North Carolina[24]
1st Battalion, 23rd Marines
Lone Star
Houston, Texas[25]
2nd Battalion, 23rd Marines
2Bn 23rdMar Logo-1-.jpg
Prepared and Professional
Pasadena, California[26]
3rd Battalion, 23rd Marines
USMC - 3rd Battalion 23rd Marines.png
Belle Chase, Louisiana[27]
1st Battalion, 24th Marines
1stbattalion 24th marines insignia.jpg
The Terror from the North
Saginaw, Michigan[28]
2nd Battalion, 24th Marines
The Mad Ghosts
Chicago, Illinois[29]
1st Battalion, 25th Marines
USMC - 1ST BN-25TH MAR.png
New England's Own
Ayer, Massachusetts
2nd Battalion, 25th Marines
Empire Battalion
Garden City, New York[30]
3rd Battalion, 25th Marines
USMC - 3rd Battalion 25th Marines.png
Cold Steel Warriors
Brook Park, Ohio[31]

Artillery battalions

Field artillery units provide indirect, long-range cannon and rocket fire support for the Marine Air-Ground Task Force. Currently, artillery regiments contain two or three (11th Marines only) cannon battalions and are equipped with the M777 lightweight, towed, 155 mm, medium howitzer and the Expeditionary Fire Support System (EFSS) 120 mm, heavy mortar. Two regiments (11th Marines and 14th Marines) also have one rocket battalion equipped with the M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) equipped with the MGM-140 ATACMS surface-to-surface, guided missile. Marine artillery battalions contain a Headquarters Battery and three or four firing batteries. Firing batteries contain a headquarters platoon (including a liaison section with three forward observer teams) and one or two firing platoons (depending upon weapons systems). The firing platoon(s) contain a battery operations center, a fire direction center, and four or six artillery sections (depending upon weapon system). Counter-battery radar is usually a regimental asset, but can be detached to augment battalions or batteries.

HIMARS firing
HIMARS firing
Battalion Name Insignia Nickname Location
1st Battalion, 10th Marines
Camp Lejeune, North Carolina[32]
2nd Battalion, 10th Marines
2nd Battalion 10th Marines Logo.png
Camp Lejeune, North Carolina[33]
1st Battalion, 11th Marines
UnitedStatesMarineCorps insignia.jpg
Camp Pendleton, California[34]
2nd Battalion, 11th Marines
Camp Pendleton, California[35]
3rd Battalion, 11th Marines
3-11 battalion insignia.png
MCAGCC Twentynine Palms, California[36]
5th Battalion, 11th Marines
5-11 battalion insignia.png
Steel Rain
Camp Pendleton, California[37]
1st Battalion, 12th Marines
USMC - 1ST BN-12TH MAR.png
MCB Hawaii, Hawaii[38]
3rd Battalion, 12th Marines
USMC - 3RD BN-12th MAR.png
Warriors of the Pacific
Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan[39]
2nd Battalion, 14th Marines
2nd Battalion 14th Marines insignia.jpg
Grand Prairie, Texas[40]
3rd Battalion, 14th Marines
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania[41]
5th Battalion, 14th Marines
Seal Beach, California[42]

Tank battalions

The mission of a tank battalion is to conduct operations ashore utilizing maneuver, armor protected firepower and shock action in order to close with and destroy the enemy, as well as provide expertise in anti-tank operations. Currently, tank battalions utilize the M1A1 Abrams main battle tank and the M88A2 Recovery Vehicle. Tank battalions consist of a headquarters and service company and four or six (4th Tanks) tank companies. Each tank company is equipped with 14 tanks and the H&S Co. has a section of two tanks in the battalion headquarters for use by the battalion CO and XO.

Battalion Name Insignia Nickname Location
1st Tank Battalion
1st Tnk battalion insignia.png
1st Tanks
MCAGCC Twentynine Palms, California[43]
2nd Tank Battalion
2nd Tank Battalion insignia.jpg
Iron Horse
Camp Lejeune, North Carolina[44]
4th Tank Battalion
4thTankBattalion insignia.png
San Diego, California

Armor battalions

The mission of an armor unit is to conduct and support amphibious operations and other operations as required by landing and transporting to inland objectives the surface assault elements and their equipment, and by conducting light armored reconnaissance and limited offensive and defensive operations. When task-organized with infantry, tanks, and other forces, the battalion conducts combined arms operations as a separate maneuver element in support of the Marine Division.

Currently, Assault Amphibian (AA) battalions utilize the Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAVP-7A1) and consist of a headquarters and service company and two to six AA companies. Each AA company is equipped with 42 AAVs (including personnel, command, and recovery variants) organized into three platoons of 12 AAVs each and an additional six AAVs in the company headquarters. Each AA platoon is capable of transporting an entire Marine rifle company plus any dismounted attachments (e.g., mortar forward observer teams, anti-tank missile crews, scout/sniper or reconnaissance squads) thus transforming into amphibious/mechanized infantry. (One AA company is capable of transporting the assault echelon of a Marine infantry battalion.) Although plans were in place to replace it with the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle, the cancellation of the program is going to prolong use of the AAV.

Light Armored Reconnaissance (LAR) battalions use the LAV 25 series of vehicles and consist of a headquarters and service company and four LAR companies. Each LAR company is equipped with 25 LAVs (including 14 LAV-25, two mortar, four anti-tank, one command & control, three logistics, and one recovery variant).

Battalion Name Insignia Nickname Location
2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion
The First Wave
Camp Lejeune, North Carolina
3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion
3d Tracks
Camp Pendleton, California
4th Assault Amphibian Battalion
Tampa Bay, Florida
1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion
1stLAR logo.jpg
Camp Pendleton, California
2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion
Camp Lejeune, North Carolina
3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion
USMC - 3rd LAR Battalion insignia.png
MCAGCC Twentynine Palms, California
4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion
USMC - 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion.png
Iron Horse Marines
Camp Pendleton, California

Combat Engineer battalions

The mission of combat engineers is to provide mobility, counter mobility, survivability, and limited general engineering support. Mobility includes the assessment and fortification of roadways and bridges, the clearing of enemy obstacles and landmines, and assault breaching. Counter mobility includes creating obstacles and barriers for the enemy, which could include the destruction of structures and/or bridges. Survivability includes the fortification of positions and the construction of new outposts. Other jobs can include Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD), construction, and utilities (such as generators and refrigeration). Currently, combat engineers use a variety of tools for their trade. Some vehicles include the M9 Armored Combat Earthmover, D7 Bulldozer, M60A1 Armored Vehicle Launched Bridge, and various cranes and forklifts. Each combat engineer battalion consists of a headquarters and service company, three combat engineer companies, one mobility assault company, and an engineer support company.

Battalion Name Insignia Nickname Location
1st Combat Engineer Battalion
1ST CEB insignia.png
The Super Breed
Camp Pendleton, California
2nd Combat Engineer Battalion
2nd CEB insignia.jpg
That Other Battalion
Camp Lejeune, North Carolina
4th Combat Engineer Battalion
One Team, One Fight
Baltimore, Maryland

Reconnaissance battalions

The mission of the reconnaissance battalions is to obtain information by visual observation about the activities and resources of an enemy or potential enemy, or about the meteorologic, hydrographic, or geographic characteristics of a particular area. They specialize in amphibious recon, including hydrography; as well as airborne recon, infiltration via surface, subsurface and airborne operations, and conducting limited scale raids and ambushes. The battalions consist of a headquarters and service company and one to four reconnaissance companies (divisional assets, individual companies usually attached to an RCT). All battalions (except 4th Recon) also have a force reconnaissance company dedicated to provide deep reconnaissance and direct action capability to a MEF HQ. (Two additional separate force reconnaissance companies exist in the Marine Forces Reserve.)

Recon Marines
Recon Marines
Battalion Name Insignia Nickname Location
1st Reconnaissance Battalion
1st Recon Bn Color.jpg
Swift, Silent, Deadly
Camp Pendleton, California
2nd Reconnaissance Battalion
Camp Lejeune, North Carolina
3rd Reconnaissance Battalion
Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Japan
4th Reconnaissance Battalion
San Antonio, Texas

Headquarters battalions

Headquarters battalions provide the command and control, administration and logistics for a Marine division. Each MARDIV HQBN is uniquely organized to support its division. However, typically the battalion is commanded by a colonel, and consists of headquarters company (including the division band), communications company, truck company (2 in HQBN FIRSTMARDIV), and may include a military police company.

Battalion Name Insignia Nickname Location
Headquarters Battalion 1st Marine Division
HQBN 1st Marine Division.jpg
Standard Bearers
Camp Pendleton, California
Headquarters Battalion 2nd Marine Division
HQBN 2nd Mar Div Logo.jpg
The Silent Second
Camp Lejeune, North Carolina
Headquarters Battalion 3rd Marine Division
Camp Courtney, Okinawa, Japan
Headquarters Battalion 4th Marine Division
Fighting Fourth
New Orleans, Louisiana

Logistics Combat Element battalions

The logistics combat element (LCE) consists of those combat service support units whose primary mission is to, (1) provide direct combat logistics (i.e., motor transport and landing support, and limited engineer support, equipment maintenance, and ground supply services) to specified GCE units or certain aviation combat element (ACE) units as provided by combat logistics battalions and separate combat logistics companies, (2) provide general combat service support across the Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF) by specialized service support battalions, including: dental, engineer support, maintenance, medical, supply and transportation support battalions, or (3) provide immediate command and control, and consolidated Navy personnel administration to subordinate LCE battalions and regiments by the Marine Logistics Group (MLG) headquarters and service battalion. Additionally, this battalion provides communications networking and law enforcement support across the LCE. The headquarters and service battalion also provides specialized services, including: military postal service, Marine Corps Exchange (MCX), and other personal services, to units of all four MAGTF elements (i.e., GCE, ACE, LCE, and CE).

Combat Logistics battalions

Combat logistics battalions (CLB) provide combat service support for the GCE and ACE beyond their organic capabilities. The battalions primarily provide motor transport and logistics control and materiel handling (i.e., landing support) services, and limited engineer, maintenance, and supply services, to dedicated Regimental Combat Teams (RCT) or Marine Expeditionary Units (MEU). CLBs that support RCTs typically consist of a headquarters and service company, and three support companies (engineer, maintenance, and transportation); those CLBs that support MEUs typically consist of a several functional units (individual units may be styled as either a section, platoon, detachment, or company depending upon the size of unit, function, and the unit's parent battalion/regiment/group). In addition to a headquarters and service unit, these CLBs contain units dedicated to providing: air delivery, communications, engineer, explosive ordnance disposal, health services (medical and dental), landing support, law enforcement (military police), maintenance, motor transport, and supply support to the MEU.

Battalion Name Insignia Nickname Location
Combat Logistics Battalion 1
Camp Pendleton, California
Combat Logistics Battalion 2
CLB-2 insignia.jpg
Camp Lejeune, North Carolina
Combat Logistics Battalion 3
CLB-3 logo lg.jpg
MCB Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii
Combat Logistics Battalion 4
The Supporting Edge
Camp Butler, Okinawa, Japan
Combat Logistics Battalion 5
CLB-5 logo sept 2008.png
Camp Pendleton, California
Combat Logistics Battalion 6
CLB-6 logo as of 2007.jpg
Red Cloud Battalion
Camp Lejeune, North Carolina
Combat Logistics Battalion 7
CLb7 29palms.jpg
MCAGCC Twentynine Palms, California
Combat Logistics Battalion 8
CLB-8 insignia.png
Camp Lejeune, North Carolina
Combat Logistics Battalion 11
CLB-11 LOGO.jpg
Camp Pendleton, California
Combat Logistics Battalion 13
Combat Logistics Battalion 13 Insignia.svg
Camp Pendleton, California
Combat Logistics Battalion 15
Camp Pendleton, California
Combat Logistics Battalion 22
Camp Lejeune, North Carolina
Combat Logistics Battalion 23
Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington
Combat Logistics Battalion 24
Camp Lejeune, North Carolina
Combat Logistics Battalion 25
Red Bank, New Jersey
Combat Logistics Battalion 26
CLB-26 insignia.jpg
Camp Lejeune, North Carolina
Combat Logistics Battalion 31
Camp Butler, Okinawa, Japan
Combat Logistics Battalion 451
Combat Logistics Battalion 453

Maintenance battalions

Maintenance battalions provide intermediate level (3d and 4th echelon) maintenance support for Marine Corps furnished (vice Navy, other service, or contractor provided) tactical ordnance (i.e., weapons and weapons systems), engineer, motor transport, communication-electronics, and general support (e.g., generators, refrigeration systems, water purification) equipment of the Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF). Maintenance battalions are usually organized with a headquarters and service company and five maintenance companies (electronic, engineer, general support, ordnance, and motor transport).

Battalion Name Insignia Nickname Location
1st Maintenance Battalion
1st Maintenance Battalion logo.jpg
Camp Pendleton, California
2nd Maintenance Battalion
2nd Maintenance Battalion.jpg
Sustinare Bellatore
Camp Lejeune, North Carolina
3rd Maintenance Battalion
Mbn logo.jpg
Camp Butler, Okinawa, Japan
4th Maintenance Battalion
4thMAINTBN png.jpg
Charlotte, North Carolina

Engineer Support battalions

Engineer support battalions provide engineer support past the level available from organic engineers, such as combat bridging. ESBs also provide the storage and distribution of water and bulk fuels. Engineer support battalions usually consist of a headquarters and service company, three engineer companies, an engineer support company, a bridge company, a bulk fuel company, and an explosive ordnance disposal company.

Battalion Name Insignia Nickname Location
6th Engineer Support Battalion
Portland, Oregon
7th Engineer Support Battalion
Camp Pendleton, California
8th Engineer Support Battalion
8th ESB logo.jpg
Camp Lejeune, North Carolina
9th Engineer Support Battalion
Camp Butler, Okinawa, Japan

Supply battalions

Supply battalions provide supply support past that of organic unit supply. They provide all assets that a Marine unit might need, excepting fuels, water, and aviation repair parts provided from the Navy. Rations, repair parts, ammunition, personal equipment, and even entire end items are all provided by or through the supply battalions. Supply battalions usually consist of a headquarters and service company, an ammunition company, a medical logistics company, and a supply company.

Battalion Name Insignia Nickname Location
1st Supply Battalion
1st supply bn insig.png
Dragon Warriors
Camp Pendleton, California
2nd Supply Battalion
Camp Lejeune, North Carolina
3rd Supply Battalion
3rd Supply Battalion.png
Camp Butler, Okinawa, Japan
4th Supply Battalion
4th Supply Battalion.JPG
Newport News, Virginia

Transportation Support battalions

Transportation Support battalions provide the MEF with motor vehicle (truck) transportation and throughput support for the distribution of supplies, personnel, and equipment. The battalions consist of a headquarters and service company and three truck companies.

Battalion Name Insignia Nickname Location
1st Transportation Support Battalion
Camp Pendleton, California
2nd Transportation Support Battalion
Camp Lejeune, North Carolina
3rd Transportation Support Battalion
Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan

Medical battalions

Medical battalions provide medical care beyond the immediate care of unit corpsmen. Often, these units act as field hospitals when on deployment. In garrison, they supplement naval hospitals at various Marine installations. Medical battalions are manned by primarily by Navy Medical Corps personnel and typically consist of a headquarters and service company and three surgical companies.

Battalion Name Insignia Nickname Location
1st Medical Battalion
1st Medical Battalion (FtO).svg
Cheaters of Death
Camp Pendleton, California
2nd Medical Battalion
Camp Lejeune, North Carolina
3rd Medical Battalion
3d Medical Battalion new logo.jpg
Camp Butler, Okinawa, Japan
4th Medical Battalion
San Diego, California

Dental battalions

Dental battalions are responsible for the oral health of Marines and Sailors within the MAGTF. On deployment, they can also be used to support field hospitals per Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Instruction, when not performing dental roles. In garrison, they run dental health clinics at various Marine installations. Dental battalions are manned primarily by Navy Dental Corps personnel and usually consist of a headquarters and service company and three dental companies.

Battalion Name Insignia Nickname Location
1st Dental Battalion
1st dental bn insig.png
Camp Pendleton, California
2nd Dental Battalion
No image.png
Camp Lejeune, North Carolina
3rd Dental Battalion
3rd Dental Battalion.gif
Camp Butler, Okinawa, Japan
4th Dental Battalion
Marietta, Georgia

Headquarters and Support battalion

(The former H&S battalions of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd MLGs—previously designated as Combat Logistics Regiments 17, 27, and 37, respectively—are now designated as "Headquarters Regiments") Headquarters and Service battalion provides command and control, administration, communications, security, food service and data processing support to the Marine Logistics Group (MLG) and supporting services to the Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF) or two Marine Expeditionary Brigades (MEB) and MEF residual forces in expeditionary/amphibious operations and subsequent operations ashore. Support includes data processing, financial disbursing, postal, legal, Marine Corps Exchange (MCX) and consolidated Navy personnel administration to the MLG. The battalion typically consists of headquarters company, communications company, military police company, and service company.

Battalion Name Insignia Nickname Location
Headquarters & Service Battalion
(Redesignated as Headquarters Regiment)
1st Marine Logistics Group
No image.png
Camp Pendleton, California
Headquarters & Service Battalion
(Redesignated as Headquarters Regiment
2nd Marine Logistics Group
No image.png
Camp Lejeune, North Carolina
Headquarters & Service Battalion
(Redesignated as Headquarters Regiment)
3rd Marine Logistics Group
No image.png
Camp Butler, Okinawa, Japan
Headquarters & Service Battalion
4th Marine Logistics Group
Marietta, Georgia

Command Element units

The command element (CE) consists of those command and control, communications, intelligence, law enforcement, electronic warfare/signals intelligence/electronic intelligence, civil affairs, air/naval gunfire liaison, and force reconnaissance units that enable the MAGTF commander to effectively fight the GCE and ACE, with support from the LCE, to defeat the enemy and/or accomplish other assigned missions.

Note: U.S. Marine Corps organizational doctrine places communications, intelligence, and law enforcement battalions and their organic companies/detachments in the MAGTF headquarters group or CE. However, intelligence (i.e., ground intelligence) may also be considered as a GCE function (primarily located in the infantry battalion scout/sniper platoon) and communications and law enforcement may also be considered as logistics functions. Most GCE battalions and regiments, and ACE squadrons/battalions (LAAD), Marine aircraft groups (MAGs), and Marine air control groups (MACGs), contain some organic communications assets such as battalion and regimental communications platoons, MARDIV and MLG communications companies, and Marine wing communications squadrons. In addition, MARDIVs, Marine Aircraft Wings (MAWs), and MLGs also possess a limited organic law enforcement capability.

Communications battalions

Communications battalions provide communication support for the MAGTF as part of the MEF headquarters groups. They also perform networking and data services when deployed. The battalions typically consist of a headquarters and service company, three communications companies, and a support (maintenance) company.

Battalion Name Insignia Nickname Location
6th Communications Battalion
Brooklyn, New York
7th Communications Battalion
Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan
8th Communications Battalion
8thCommLogo processed.jpg
Camp Lejeune, North Carolina
9th Communications Battalion
9th Communication Battalion logo.svg
Camp Pendleton, California

Intelligence battalions

Intelligence battalions, attached to MEF headquarters groups, are to plan and direct, collect, process, produce and disseminate intelligence, and provide counterintelligence support. In addition to a headquarters and service company, the battalions consist of two to four military intelligence companies that perform battlefield surveillance, production and analysis, and counterintelligence/human intelligence.

Battalion Name Insignia Nickname Location
1st Intelligence Battalion
Camp Pendleton, California
2nd Intelligence Battalion
Camp Lejeune, North Carolina
3rd Intelligence Battalion
3rd Intelligence Battalion insignia.jpg
Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan
Intelligence Support Battalion
No image.png
New Orleans, Louisiana

Law Enforcement battalions

The LE battalions will be a force multiplier to the operating forces forward deployed by assisting in an array of missions from law enforcement, route regulation, humanitarian assistance, nonlethal weapons training, and military working dog employment. Marine Corps Bulletin 5400, released in September 2011, called for the reactivation of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Military Police Battalions, now designated as law enforcement battalions, in each Marine Expeditionary Force and Marine Forces Reserve. Three law enforcement battalions were activated in June 2012, with each battalion consisting of a headquarters and service company and two or more law enforcement companies.[45]

Battalion Name Insignia Nickname Location
1st Law Enforcement Battalion
Camp Pendleton, California
2nd Law Enforcement Battalion
2nd Military Police Battalion.jpg
Camp Lejeune, North Carolina
3rd Law Enforcement Battalion
Okinawa, Japan
4th Law Enforcement Battalion
St. Paul, Minnesota

Radio battalions

Radio battalions provide the MEF with tactical electronic warfare, as well as signals intelligence and electronic intelligence. The battalions consist of a headquarters and service company and three operations companies.

Battalion Name Insignia Nickname Location
1st Radio Battalion
USMC - 1st Radio Battalion.png
Camp Pendleton, California
2nd Radio Battalion
America's Radio Battalion
Camp Lejeune, North Carolina
3rd Radio Battalion
Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Hawaii

Civil Affairs groups

Civil Affairs groups provide the capability to plan and execute civil military operations while serving as the liaison between military forces and civil authorities, the local population and non-governmental organizations. The groups conduct activities which enhance the relationship between the military and host nation personnel and organizations facilitated through application of civil affairs specialty skills in areas normally the responsibility of civil governments.

Group Name Insignia Nickname Location
1st Civil Affairs Group
Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California
2nd Civil Affairs Group
Naval Support Facility Anacostia, Washington, D.C.
3rd Civil Affairs Group
3rd civil affairs group.png
Naval Station Great Lakes, Illinois
4th Civil Affairs Group
4th CAG Insignia (transparent background) 01.png
Hialeah, Florida

Other units

While these units are designated as companies, they are commanded by a Lt. Col. who is assisted by an executive officer and an executive staff (S-1, S-2, etc.). The company's organic platoons often operate independently and are normally commanded by a major (ANGLICO) or captain (FORECON).

Air Naval Gunfire Liaison companies (ANGLICO) provide Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) commanders a liaison capability, with foreign area expertise, to plan, coordinate, and conduct terminal control of fires in support of joint, allied, and coalition forces. ANGLICO units are separate companies (i.e., not organic to a battalion or regiment) reporting directly to one of the three MEF HQ Groups (1st, 2nd, & 5th ANGLICO) or the Forces HQ Group, Marine Forces Reserve (3rd, 4th, and 6th ANGLICO).

Fleet Marine Force Reconnaissance (FORECON) companies provide Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) commanders with deep reconnaissance and direct action capability. The FORECON companies of the three MEFs are organic to their respective divisional reconnaissance battalions and are under operational control of their parent MEF HQ Group. The 3rd and 4th FORECON companies are separate companies reporting directly to the Forces HQ Group, Marine Forces Reserve and are dedicated to supporting II MEF and I MEF, respectively, whenever a MEF's active duty FORECON company is not available.

Unit Type Insignia Nickname
Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Companies (6)
Fleet Marine Force Reconnaissance Companies (5)
Fleet Marine Force Reconnaissance seal.png
Force Recon

Other battalions

With the exception of the Low Altitude Air Defense battalions, which are organic to the Marine Air Control Group (MACG) of a Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW), and are a component of the Aviation Combat Element (ACE) of a Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF), the battalions in this section perform missions either within the Operating Forces of the Marine Corps but outside the MAGTF structure, or within the Supporting Establishment.

Low Altitude Air Defense battalions

Low Altitude Air Defense (LAAD) battalions are tasked with providing ground-based air defense in support of the MAGTF and consist of a headquarters and service battery and two firing batteries. The battalions have a secondary mission of providing ground defense and security as provisional infantry battalions. (The LAAD battalions are the only squadron-level Aviation Combat Element units designated as battalions.)

LAAD Gunner firing the FIM-92 Stinger Missile
LAAD Gunner firing the FIM-92 Stinger Missile
Battalion Name Insignia Nickname Location
2nd LAAD Battalion
2nd Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion insignia.png
Death From Below
Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina
3rd LAAD Battalion
3rd LAAD BN Logo.png
Feel The Sting
Camp Pendleton, California

Marine Raider battalions

The Marine Raider battalions of the Marine Raider regiment provide the principal special operations combat capability of the Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command in performing direct action, special reconnaissance, counter-terrorism, information operations, foreign internal defense, and unconventional warfare missions. The battalions consist of a headquarters and service company and four special operations companies.

Battalion Name Insignia Nickname
1st Marine Raider Battalion
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2nd Marine Raider Battalion
2d-msob logo.jpg
3rd Marine Raider Battalion

Special Mission battalions and battalion equivalent organizations

These battalions and organizations perform a wide range of specialized missions including: (1) CBRNE Consequence Management, (2) interior security of United States diplomatic posts to provide protection for classified information and equipment vital to U.S. national security, (3) Signals Intelligence, Information Assurance, and National-Tactical Integration activities, (4) physical security of naval nuclear vessels and weapons, (5) special operations intelligence support, and (6) special operations administrative, logistics, communications, EOD, Military Working Dog, and other operations support.

Battalion Name Insignia Nickname Location
(1) Chemical Biological Incident Response Force
CBIRF logo.jpg
Naval Support Facility Indian Head, Maryland
(2) Marine Corps Embassy Security Group
MSG Shield (1).jpg
Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia
(3) Marine Cryptologic Support Battalion
MCSB Seal md.jpg
Fort Meade, Maryland
(4) Marine Security Forces Battalion, Kings Bay
Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Georgia
(4) Marine Corps Security Forces Battalion Bangor
Naval Base Kitsap, Washington
(5) Marine Special Operations Intelligence Battalion
Marine Corps Special Operations Intelligence Battalion.jpg
Camp Lejeune, North Carolina
(6) Marine Raider Support Battalions (3)
Camp Lejeune, North Carolina

Specialized Training battalions

These battalions provide advanced training (i.e., beyond the scope of initial training provided by the Recruit Training battalions, Officer Candidates School, or other pre-commissioning programs (e.g., US Naval Academy). The scope of training provided includes: (1) Training and educating newly commissioned or appointed officers ... with particular emphasis on the duties, responsibilities and warfighting skills required of a rifle platoon commander, (2) Military Occupation Specialty (MOS) training, and (3) individual and crew-served weapons and fieldcraft training for new Marines.

Battalion Name Insignia Nickname Location
(1) The Basic School's Instructor Battalion
Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia
(2) Assault Amphibian School Battalion
AAV School Bn logo.png
Ray's YUT YAS's
Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California
(2) Communication Training Battalion
Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California
(2) Marine Corps Engineer School
Camp Lejeune, North Carolina
(3) Weapons & Field Training Battalion
Camp Pendleton, California
(3) Weapons Training Battalion
Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia
(3) Weapons & Field Training Battalion
Wpnsfldtrngbn Parris Island logo.gif
Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina

Recruit Training battalions

Provide reception, processing, and recruit training for enlisted personnel following initial entry into the Marine Corps. Provide training for Drill Instructors and officers entrusted with recruit training responsibilities. Recruit training battalions consist of a headquarters and service company and four recruit training companies.

Only the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island logos are listed below but only Recruit Training battalions Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego wikis show. The logos for Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego differ slightly; additionally, San Diego does not have a Fourth Recruit Training Battalion, as it is the only female recruit training battalion in the Marine Corps.

Battalion Name Insignia Nickname Locations
1st Recruit Training Battalion
1stRecruitTraining Battalion.png
Big Red One
Marine Corps Recruit Depots Parris Island, South Carolina and San Diego, California
2nd Recruit Training Battalion
Second to None
Marine Corps Recruit Depots Parris Island, South Carolina and San Diego, California
3rd Recruit Training Battalion
Thundering Third
Marine Corps Recruit Depots Parris Island, South Carolina and San Diego, California
4th Recruit Training Battalion
Go Forth
Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina

Inactive units

5th Marine Division

Battalion Name Insignia Nickname
Headquarters Battalion 5th Marine Division

13th Marine Regiment

Battalion Name Insignia Nickname
1st Battalion, 13th Marines
2nd Battalion, 13th Marines
3rd Battalion, 13th Marines
4th Battalion, 13th Marines

26th Marine Regiment

Battalion Name Insignia Nickname
1st Battalion, 26th Marines
The Professionals
2nd Battalion, 26th Marines
3rd Battalion, 26th Marines

27th Marine Regiment

Battalion Name Insignia Nickname
1st Battalion, 27th Marines
2nd Battalion, 27th Marines
3rd Battalion, 27th Marines

28th Marine Regiment

Battalion Name Insignia Nickname
1st Battalion, 28th Marines
2nd Battalion, 28th Marines
3rd Battalion, 28th Marines

Other 5th Marine Division battalions

Battalion Name Insignia Nickname
5th Engineer Battalion
5th Pioneer Battalion
5th Service Battalion
5th Tank Battalion
5th Tank Battalion.jpg
5th Motor Transportation Battalion
5th Medical Battalion
5th Amphibian Tractor Battalion
5th Joint Assault Signal Battalion
2nd Armored Amphibian Tractor Battalion
3rd Armored Tractor Battalion
11th Amphibian Tractor Battalion
5th Reconnaissance Battalion
5th Recon Bn logo.jpg

6th Marine Division

Battalion Name Insignia Nickname
Headquarters Battalion 6th Marine Division

15th Marine Regiment

Battalion Name Insignia Nickname
1st Battalion, 15th Marines
2nd Battalion, 15th Marines
3rd Battalion, 15th Marines
4th Battalion, 15th Marines

22nd Marine Regiment

Battalion Name Insignia Nickname
1st Battalion, 22nd Marines
2nd Battalion, 22nd Marines
3rd Battalion, 22nd Marines

29th Marine Regiment

Battalion Name Insignia Nickname
1st Battalion, 29th Marines
2nd Battalion, 29th Marines
3rd Battalion, 29th Marines

Other 6th Marine Division battalions

Battalion Name Insignia Nickname
6th Tank Battalion
6th Engineer Battalion
6th Pioneer Battalion
6th Service Battalion
6th Medical Battalion
6th Motor Transport Battalion


9th Marine Regiment

Battalion Name Insignia Nickname
1st Battalion, 9th Marines
1-9 new battalion logo.jpg
The Walking Dead
2nd Battalion, 9th Marines
Hell in a Helmet3.jpg
Hell in a Helmet
3rd Battalion, 9th Marines
3-9 official logo.jpg
Shadow Warriors


24th Marine Regiment

Battalion Name Insignia Nickname
3d Battalion, 24th Marines
3 24 Marines Logo.jpg

Marine defense battalions

Battalion Name Insignia Nickname
1st Defense Battalion
1st Defense Battalion.png
Wake Island Defenders
2d Defense Battalion
3d Defense Battalion
4th Defense Battalion
5th Defense Battalion
6th Defense Battalion
7th Defense Battalion
8th Defense Battalion
9th Defense Battalion
Fighting Ninth
10th Defense Battalion
11th Defense Battalion
12th Defense Battalion
13th Defense Battalion
13th mardefbn insig.jpg
14th Defense Battalion
Five: Fourteenth
15th Defense Battalion
First: Fifteenth
16th Defense Battalion
17th Defense Battalion
Two: Seventeen
18th Defense Battalion
18st def.jpg
51st Defense Battalion
51st def.jpg
52nd Defense Battalion
52nd def.jpg

1st Marine Parachute Regiment

Battalion Name Insignia Nickname
1st Parachute Battalion
2nd Parachute Battalion
3rd Parachute Battalion

Note: Personnel from this unit were transferred to the 5th Marine Division.

1st Marine Raider Regiment

Battalion Name Insignia Nickname
1st Marine Raider Battalion
Edson's Raiders
2nd Marine Raider Battalion
Carlson's Raiders
3rd Marine Raider Battalion
4th Marine Raider Battalion

Note: In February 1944 the 1st Raider Regiment was disbanded and reorganized as the 4th Marine Regiment.

Tank battalions

Battalion Name Insignia Nickname
3rd Tank Battalion
3rd Tank Battalion insignia - USMC.jpg
8th Tank Battalion
8th Tank Bn insignia.jpg
Whispering Death

Amphibian Tractor battalions

Battalion Name Insignia Nickname
6th Amphibian Tractor Battalion
8th Amphibian Tractor Battalion
9th Amphibian Tractor Battalion

Armored Amphibian Tractor battalions

Battalion Name Insignia Nickname
1st Armored Amphibian Battalion
2nd Armored Amphibian Battalion
3rd Armored Amphibian Battalion

Other battalions

Battalion Name Insignia Nickname
Anti-Terrorism Battalion
Combat Logistics Battalion 46
MCSOCOM Detachment One
Note: was used as a test for Marine Corps Special Operations Command
1st Anti-Tank Battalion
1st Anti-tank bn insignia.jpg
3rd Anti-Tank Battalion
Sturm und Drang
Combat Assault Battalion
4th Battalion, 10th Marines
4th Battalion 10th Marine insignia.jpg
Fighting 4th
2nd Battalion, 12th Marines
2nd Battalion 12th Marines insignia.jpg
The Thundering Guns of Death
4th Battalion, 12th Marines
4th Battalion 12th Marines.jpg
Hell's Hammers
6th Machine Gun Battalion
6th Motor Transport Battalion
6th Reconnaissance Battalion
11th Engineer Battalion
11th Engineer Battalion - USMC.jpg
Construction Destruction
19th Battalion

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