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Originally posted by sweatmonicaIdo Marine Expeditionary Units are Special Operations-Capable. Does anyone believe they could be superior to U.S. Army Rangers, who execute very similar special operations as the Marines?
Originally posted by American Mad Man
the thing is that marines are like shock troopers where as the army is more about power through numbers. I have heard from some that the maines training is much more intense then that of your army GI.
as for the MEU vs Ranger thing - as always, it comes down to the individual units and squads - you cannot make wholesale sweeping generalizations. There are undoubtedly some from either side that would be superior then some from the other side, and some that would be better at individual tasks.
Originally posted by devilwasp
marines are basicaly ur first strike weapons they go in and hold it and wait for the army or other forces to take over from them
the army is more a large force for larger battlezones while marines are basicaly for smaller grab and hold type situation
Originally posted by DareDevil
Well I happen to be a Marine. I recently just got out of the Marine Corps and am now in the Army National Guard.
The differences between the Marines and the Rangers/Army are these:
The Marine Corps is considered and Force in Readiness. Which basically means that we need little notification for a deployment. This is why the Marines are usually asked to go in first. Any attack needs a fast calculated attack in order for the rest of the troops to come in and take control.
Rangers are designed somewhat in the same manner, however they are not designed for the quick inserts and attacks that the M.E.U's are used for.
And as far as better training, I don't necessarily think it's better training. It comes down to discipline and small unit leadership. The more elite the unit is, the more discipline is demostrated and understood. The Marine Corps is the smallest branch of service and thus has to be very discplined in order to achieve its goals. The Army is big and slow. But when you break it down to the units it has Rangers and Special Forces. Break it down and it's not better training it's descipline and more extensive training. The Navy is the same way. My cousin is a SEAL and and says that the regular Navy is big and lazy and he dislikes it very much. But when it comes to the SEAL teams, they are smaller and have to use that small unit leadership and the extensive training.
It would be easy to say that the Marine Corps is the best or Rangers, or SF (Special Forces) or Navy SEALs are the best but that just isn't so. Each one is designed for a specific purpose and each one is the best at what they do. It's apple's and oranges to compare Rangers to Marine M.E.U's. All in all they are brothers in arms and rely on each other to help get the job done.
Originally posted by devilwasp
whats an meu?
(marine expiditionary unit?)