A Force in Reserve
On August 29, 1916, Congress passed the Naval Appropriations Acts which provided for the establishment of the United States Marine Corps Reserve. There are more Marines in the reserve force command than any other command within the U.S. Marine Corps.
So, on August 29 each year, we celebrate the founding of the United States Marine Corps Reserve.
Same Elite Training, Same Proud Uniform
Members of the Marine Corps Reserve qualify, train, and work in the same disciplines as their active duty counterparts. Reservists are available to be called upon in a time of war, national emergency, contingency operations, temporary relief of active duty marines in peacetime operations, and/or community service.
Membership in the U.S.M.C. Reserves occurs in one of two ways. First, members may enlist directly into the reserve force, and commit to minimum obligations of drilling and availability for service. Second, Marines who have completed their active duty obligations can elect to have their names remain on record to be called up when necessary, and participate in annual musters.
Flying the Marine Corps Flag Outdoors
The Department of Defense Directive 1005.8 asserts the order of precedence of military personnel, which we can safely assume mirrors that of military flags on an Outdoor Flagpole. That order is as follows: Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard. However, the Coast Guard Flag moves up right behind Navy when the Coast Guard operates as a service of the Department of the Navy during a time of war. As of this writing, the D.O.D. Directive has not been updated to include the Space Force flag (current as of 2003).
The recent addition of the Space Force flag has, therefore, generated some confusion. Most visible examples show the Space Force flag placed between the Air Force and Coast Guard flags. However, though it meets with historic precedent and follows the same guiding reasoning, this precedence has not been documented in writing that we have found.
In a mandatory directive from the Secretary of The Air Force (downloadable here) in August of 2020, the Space Force flag is ordered to be flown in the sixth position, after the Coast Guard flag (as pictured throughout our website).
When the flags are being flown on multiple Outdoor Flagpoles, the American Flag should always be flown first in line. If you are flying the Marine Corps Flag on the same pole as your American Flag, it should be of equal size or smaller and flown below the American Flag.
Displaying the Marine Corps Flag Indoors
When displaying Military Ceremonial Flags, the order of precedence remains the same as when they are displayed outdoors. The American Ceremonial Flag is always displayed first in the order. It’s also important to remember that when a Military Ceremonial flag is presented by a color guard, either indoors, during a parade, or on the playing field, a Parade Carry Belt must be worn.
Military Desk Flags and sets are another way to show your support for U.S. Armed Forces. Desk flags are small and versatile; they can be displayed on a podium, a desk, or even a window sill. These small flags can also be waved during a parade or celebration for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves Birthday.
Celebrate U.S. Marine Corps Reserves!
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