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In the United States Marine Corps, the Ground combat element is the land force of a Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF). It provides power projection and force for the MAGTF.


Role within the MAGTFEdit

The GCE has the mission of locating, closing with and destroying the enemy with fire and maneuver and repelling the enemies assault with fire and close combat. It provides infantry, armor, artillery, reconnaissance, anti-tank and other combat arms. Often, a GCE will have organic combat engineers, snipers, forward air controllers, communication and other support functions attached.

OrganizationEdit

The size of the GCE varies in proportion to the size of the MAGTF. A Marine Expeditionary Force has a division (MARDIV). A Marine Expeditionary Brigade holds an infantry Regiment, often reinforced with equipment and personnel from units (such as armor and artillery). The various Marine Expeditionary Units command a reinforced infantry battalion. Generally, MEF postings are permanent, while MEBs and MEUs rotate their GCE, ACE, and LCE twice annually.

Hierarchy of Marine ground unitsEdit

1st Marine Division
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GCE of I Marine Expeditionary Force
1st MARDIV 2 insignia
Battalion Name Insignia Nickname
<center>Headquarters Battalion 1st Marine Division<center> <center>HQBN 1st Marine Division<center> <center>Standard Bearers<center>

1st Marine RegimentEdit

1stMarineslogogood
Battalion Name Insignia Nickname
1st Battalion 1st Marines<center>
<center>USMC - 1st Battalion 1st Marines<center> <center>First of the First<center>
<center>2nd Battalion 1st Marines<center> <center>UnitLogo2<center> <center>The Professionals<center>
<center>3rd Battalion 1st Marines<center> <center>USMC - 3RD BN-1ST MAR 3<center> <center>Thundering Third<center>
<center>1st Battalion 4th Marines<center> <center>1Bn-4thMar logo<center> <center>The China Marines<center>

5th Marine RegimentEdit

5th Marine Regiment Logo
Battalion Name Insignia Nickname
<center>1st Battalion 5th Marines<center> <center>1-5 battalion insignia<center> <center>Geronimo<center>
<center>2nd Battalion 5th Marines<center> <center>2 5 battalion insignia<center> <center>Raiders<center>
<center>3rd Battalion 5th Marines<center> <center>3 5 battalion insignia<center> <center>Darkhorse<center>
<center>2nd Battalion 4th Marines<center> <center>2-4 battalion insignia<center> <center>The Magnificent Bastards<center>

7th Marine RegimentEdit

USMC - 7th Marine Regiment New Logo
Battalion Name Insignia Nickname
<center>1st Battalion 7th Marines<center> <center>17log2<center> <center>First Team<center>
<center>2nd Battalion 7th Marines<center> <center>2-7 battalion insignia<center> <center>War Dogs<center>
<center>3rd Battalion 7th Marines<center> <center>3rdBn7thMar logo<center> <center>The Cutting Edge<center>
<center>3rd Battalion 4th Marines<center> <center>3 4 battalion insignia<center> <center>Darkside<center>

11th Marine RegimentEdit

Cannoncockers11thMarReg
Battalion Name Insignia Nickname
<center>1st Battalion 11th Marines<center> <center>UnitedStatesMarineCorps insignia<center>
<center>2nd Battalion 11th Marines<center> <center>2bn11thmar<center>
<center>3rd Battalion 11th Marines<center> <center>3-11 battalion insignia<center>
<center>5th Battalion 11th Marines<center> <center>5-11 battalion insignia<center>

Other 1st Marine Division battalionsEdit

Battalion Name Insignia Nickname
<center>1st Tank Battalion<center> <center>1st Tnk battalion insignia<center> <center>1st Tanks<center>
<center>1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion<center> <center>1stLAR logo<center> <center>Highlander<center>
<center>3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion<center> <center>USMC - 3rd LAR Battalion insignia<center> <center>Wolfpack<center>
<center>1st Reconnaissance Battalion<center> <center>1st Recon Bn Color<center>
<center>1st Combat Engineer Battalion<center> <center>1ST CEB insignia<center> <center>The Super Breed<center>
<center>3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion<center> <center>3rdAAVinsignia<center> <center>3rd Tracks<center>

<center>2nd Marine Division<center>Edit

<center>GCE of II Marine Expeditionary Force

2nd Mar Div;divlogo1
Battalion Name Insignia Nickname
<center>Headquarters Battalion 2nd Marine Division<center> <center>HQBN 2nd Mar Div Logo<center>

2nd Marine RegimentEdit

2nd Marine Regiment Logo
Battalion Name Insignia Nickname
1st Battalion 2nd Marines<center>
<center>BLT 1-2 Logo<center> <center>Timberwolf<center>
<center>2nd Battalion 2nd Marines<center> <center>2nd battalion 2nd Marines Logo<center> <center>Warlords<center>
<center>3rd Battalion 2nd Marines<center> <center>32logobetio bastards<center> <center>Betio Bastards<center>
<center>3rd Battalion 9th Marines<center> <center>3-9 official logo<center> <center>Shadow Warriors<center>

6th Marine RegimentEdit

6thmarlogo2
Battalion Name Insignia Nickname
<center>1st Battalion 6th Marines<center> <center>1-6 battalion insignia<center> <center>'1/6 HARD'<center>
<center>2nd Battalion 6th Marines<center> <center>2bn6marlogo<center> <center>The Ready Battalion<center>
<center>3rd Battalion 6th Marines<center> <center>3rdBN6thMAR

<center>

<center>Teufelhunden<center>
<center>2nd Battalion 9th Marines<center> <center>2-9 insignia current as of 2010<center> <center>Hell in a Helmet<center>

8th Marine RegimentEdit

8TH20MARINES
Battalion Name Insignia Nickname
<center>1st Battalion 8th Marines<center> <center>50px<center> <center>The Beirut Battalion<center>
<center>2nd Battalion 8th Marines<center> <center>2-8MARINES<center> <center>America's Battalion<center>
<center>3rd Battalion 8th Marines<center> <center>3rdBn 8thMar insignia<center>
<center>1st Battalion 9th Marines<center> <center>1-9 new battalion logo<center> <center>The Walking Dead<center>

10th Marine RegimentEdit

10th Marine Regiment Seal
Battalion Name Insignia Nickname
<center>1st Battalion 10th Marines<center> <center>1bn10thmarlogo<center> <center>Nightmare<center>
<center>2nd Battalion 10th Marines<center> <center>2nd Battalion 10th Marines Logo<center> <center>Pathfinder Battalion<center>
<center>3rd Battalion 10th Marines<center> <center>3rd Battalion 10th Marines<center> Seven For One<center>
<center>5th Battalion 10th Marines<center> <center>5-10 battalion insignia<center> <center>The Five and Dime<center>

Other 2nd Marine Division battalionsEdit

Battalion Name Insignia Nickname
<center>2nd Tank Battalion<center> <center>2nd Tank Battalion insignia<center> <center>Iron Horse<center>
<center>2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion<center> <center>2NDLAR<center> <center>Destroyers<center>
<center>2nd Reconnaissance Battalion<center> <center>2ndReconBnLogo<center>
<center>2nd Combat Engineer Battalion<center> <center>2nd CEB insignia<center>
<center>2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion<center> <center>2daavbattalion<center> <center>2nd Tracks<center>

<center>3rd Marine Division<center>Edit

<center>GCE of III Marine Expeditionary Force

3RDMARDIV
Battalion Name Insignia Nickname
<center>Headquarters Battalion 3rd Marine Division<center> <center>Hqbn3div<center>

3rd Marine RegimentEdit

3rd Marine Regimental Crest
Battalion Name Insignia Nickname
1st Battalion 3rd Marines<center>
<center>USMC - 1st Battalion 3rd Marines<center> <center>Lava Dogs<center>
<center>2nd Battalion 3rd Marines<center> <center>USMC - 2nd Battalion 3rd Marines<center> <center>Nightfighters<center>
<center>3rd Battalion 3rd Marines<center> <center>3rd Battalion 3rd Marines 2012<center> <center>America's Battalion<center>
<center>1st Battalion 12th Marines<center> <center>USMC - 1ST BN-12TH MAR<center> <center>Note: also administratively part of 12th Marine Regiment<center>

4th Marine RegimentEdit

4th Marines
Battalion Name Insignia Nickname
<center>1st Battalion 4th Marines<center> <center>1Bn-4thMar logo<center> <center>The China Marines
Note: part of 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division<center>
<center>2nd Battalion 4th Marines<center> <center>2-4 battalion insignia<center> <center>The Magnificent Bastards
Note: part of 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division<center>
<center>3rd Battalion 4th Marines<center> <center>3 4 battalion insignia<center> <center>Third Herd
Note: part of 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division<center>

12th Marine RegimentEdit

12th Marines logo
Battalion Name Insignia Nickname
<center>1st Battalion 12th Marines<center> <center>USMC - 1ST BN-12TH MAR<center> <center>Note: also administratively part of 3rd Marine Regiment<center>
<center>3rd Battalion 12th Marines<center> <center>USMC - 3RD BN-12th MAR<center> <center>Warrior of the Pacific<center>

Other 3rd Marine Division battalionsEdit

Battalion Name Insignia Nickname
<center>3rd Reconnaissance Battalion<center> <center>3rdreconbatt<center> <center>The Forward Shadow<center>
<center>Combat Assault Battalion<center> <center>CombatAssaultBattalionSHIELD<center> <center>The Iron Fist<center>

<center>4th Marine Division<center>Edit

<center>GCE of Marine Forces Reserve

4THMARDIV
Battalion Name Insignia Nickname
<center>Headquarters Battalion 4th Marine Division<center>

14th Marine RegimentEdit

14th Marines logo
Battalion Name Insignia Nickname
1st Battalion 14th Marines<center>
<center>1stbn14thmarines<center> <center>At The Ready<center>
<center>2nd Battalion 14th Marines<center> <center>2nd Battalion 14th Marines insignia<center>
<center>3rd Battalion 14th Marines<center> <center>3bn14thmarlogo<center>
<center>4th Battalion 14th Marines<center> <center>4thbn14thmarines<center>
<center>5th Battalion 14th Marines<center> <center>5-14-Crest-MP<center>

23rd Marine RegimentEdit

USMC - 23rd Marine Regiment
Battalion Name Insignia Nickname
<center>1st Battalion 23rd Marines<center> <center>1bn23marlogo<center> <center>Fighting Texans<center>
<center>2nd Battalion 23rd Marines<center> <center>2Bn 23rdMar Logo-1-<center>
<center>3rd Battalion 23rd Marines<center> <center>USMC - 3rd Battalion 23rd Marines<center>

24th Marine RegimentEdit

24thMarinesCrest
Battalion Name Insignia Nickname
<center>1st Battalion 24th Marines<center> <center>1stbattalion 24th marines insignia<center> <center>The Terror from the North<center>
<center>2nd Battalion 24th Marines<center> <center><center> <center>The Mad Ghosts<center>
<center>3rd Battalion 24th Marines<center> <center>3 24 Marines Logo<center>

25th Marine RegimentEdit

USMC - 4th Division 25th Regiment
Battalion Name Insignia Nickname
<center>1st Battalion 25th Marines<center> <center>USMC - 1ST BN-25TH MAR<center> <center>New England's Own<center>
<center>2nd Battalion 25th Marines<center> <center>2ndbn25thmarines<center>
<center>3rd Battalion 25th Marines<center> <center>USMC - 3rd Battalion 25th Marines<center> <center>Cold Steel Warriors<center>

Other 4th Marine Division battalionsEdit

Battalion Name Insignia Nickname
<center>4th Tank Battalion<center> <center>4thTankBattalion insignia<center>
<center>Anti-Terrorism Battalion<center> <center>50px<center>
<center>4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion<center> <center>USMC - 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion<center> <center>Iron Horse Marines<center>
<center>4th Reconnaissance Battalion<center> <center>4thReconBattalioninsignia<center>
<center>4th Combat Engineer Battalion<center> <center>4thCombatEngineerBattalion<center>
<center>4th Assault Amphibian Battalion<center> <center>4thAAV<center>

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit






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