Marine Emblem

Marine Emblem

Marine Emblem: Eagle Globe and Anchor

The Marine Corps emblem is the Eagle, Globe and Anchor. The globe shows the western hemisphere. Usually, the Eagle, Globe and Anchor will show an eagle holding a ribbon that says the Marine Corps motto “Semper Fidelis”, meaning “Always Faithful” in its beak. However, pins worn on uniforms often have the eagle without the ribbon.

Meaning of the Eagle, Globe and Anchor

The globe signifies USMC service around the world. The Eagle represents America and the Anchor represents the naval traditions of the Corps, which date back to its founding in 1775 and its continued service under the Department of the Navy. It is also said that the emblem represents the three areas the Marines serve “On Land, In Air and Sea”.

35 thoughts on “Marine Emblem”

  1. Hear are two phrases Marines can use, for headstones when the time comes.
    ” Now you can call me an ex-Marine. or,
    Marines do not die we just go T.D.Y. to guard the gates of Heaven.

    1. Sorry, Bob, but wrong. There are a good number of us who never wanted to be Marines, but are downright thankful for the guys who serve in the Corps.
      And then there are the Mooks who want to kill Marines. We pray the Marines get them first.

  2. I want to become a marine but I am in South Africa. I want to put my life on the line so that my friends and family would be free and safe no matter what the problem is nothing wil over come me

  3. Can anyone tell me when the Eagle, Globe and Anchor was first started? My Dad was a Marine in 1951-1953, and I was looking for his( no luck finding it) That got me to wondering if they did this ceremony back then.

    1. 1868

      Prior to that, all the way back to 1776, it was just the Eagle and the fouled anchor (line tangled around the anchor), although many plumes and other accouterments were being added to the cap(s) during this time.

      The Globe was added in 1868 during a post-civil war review begun by Commandant General Jacob Zeilin, who instituted a review of all the various cap ornaments in use by the Marines. This review established the Eagle, Globe and Fouled Anchor symbol we know today.

      1. Allow me to correct myself – I see I deleted part of my reply above while editing it.

        1868 – the Globe was added
        1834 – The Eagle was added
        1776 – Consisted of the Fouled Anchor alone

        1. In 1954 the crested Eagle (added in 1834 and found worldwide) was replaced by an American Bald Eagle by executive order of President Dwight Eisenhower.

  4. Thanks for all you do and my best wishes to you and your families.

    My son is 16 and looking to join up when he graduates.

  5. I am 17….I’ve always wanted to be a Marine ever since I was little…..and I like to thank you all who have serve….and for giving u motivation…THANK YOU…..SEMPER FI..OORHAAA

  6. This is my OPINION on those who are disrespecting the ones who protect the very freedom that gives you the right to be talking out your necks. I grew up very selfish and only cared of myself. These MEN & WOMEN who fight for us and the freedom of our country, they do not know what selfishness is. It does not run in there veins. So I have a VERY HIGH RESPECT FOR THESE FOLKS WHO REALLY IN A SENSE GIVE THEIR LIVES , so I can remain in my happy lil life. HONOR is a quality this society is lacking along with LOYALTY. So I personally want to tip up my stilettos to all of those living by the code…TODAY, TOMORROW AND YESTERDAY.

    1. Ginger, thank you for supporting ALL who have served and to those who will serve. I went through bootcamp in 1973. It was the best decision i could have made. When i hear someone defending our CORPS it makes me proud that i served. God bless you and thanks again.

  7. I am 17 and am very interested in joining the Marine Corps. However, I don’t know if I should try for ROTC or just enlist. Do the people that come in through ROTC get any respect? Or are they just counted out and not respected by those who enlisted? I am really just looking for advice about what I should do in my ever nearing future.

    1. I’m an 18 year old who is going into NROTC and I appreciate that my recruiters have been quite frank with me. The fact is that at first no you will not receive much respect. You’ve got real Marines who have put themselves on the line while you were having a grand ol’ time in college. Then you show up and you’re in charge. So if you want the respect you’ll have to pay your dues and put yourself on the line, too.

    2. Both choices have merit. Becoming an Officer of Marines is one of the greatest achievements you will earn, and one of the greatest honors you can realize. Whether you achieve your commission through the Academy, College, or enlisted program, you will actually learn to become a leader of Marines once you hit the field. NCO’s and SNCO’s will show you the way – during your early years, all you have to do is watch, listen, and learn. Every good USMC Officer knows this. Sergeants run the Marine Corps.

      You will earn the level of respect you receive regardless of how you become an Officer. Respect of fellow Marines is not an entitlement – it is earned. Don’t worry about how or when you get your commission, just focus on earning it.

      Having said that, I personally believe the best USMC Officers are ‘Mustangs’ – those who were enlisted Marines prior to becoming commissioned. Read the book ‘Marine’ about Chesty Puller if you want to understand the true essence of leadership by example, which is USMC doctrine. To the extent that you are a true leader, you will be respected.

  8. I hope this is not inappropriate, but I live in the Pittsburgh, PA area and have a significant amount of USMC items that I would like to sell. If anyone would be interested – please email me at

  9. I wore the Globe and Anchor for 38-years and I will continue to wear it on my lapel. I am a Marine. The Corps flows through my veins and no one, but no one, can ever relieve me of my duties to the Corps now or in the future.

    1. i thank you for your 38years of service to this country i love all braches of our armed forces but the corps is allways been my favorite long live to u,s,m,c my young cousin just got out of bootcamp and is now your brother forever iam proud of all of you the ones before and after you

  10. Richard…you’re right. No matter what he may be wearing, a real marine is, and always will be, in his uniform, and wearing it with pride. I wore mine for 20 years (1968-1988), and 44 years later, I’m STILL wearing it, no matter what else I may have on.

    1. Yah its great that we all stick out, its like being under cover and only your brothers can pick you out.
      Like they say once always a Marine.

  11. Why I hate the Marine Corps
    Once you earn the right to wear the Marine Corps uniform, You can never take it off.

    1. You have no idea what Honor and Code are all about. We choose to be who we are. We are not told or ordered to be Marines all our lives, we choose to carry that Burden Of Honor which makes us different from you. I am a Marine, I will always be a Marine, I will die a Marine.

      1. I think it is easy for him to talk cause he dont have the pride it takes to be a marine. SEMPER FI and i will always be a marine. Like me or not i am a marine and proud of it.

    2. I can understand the comments below, however, you may be misinterpreting what richard is saying…

      His statement “Why I hate the Marine Corps” is referencing “earn the right” and “never take it off”. As most Marines know, we have been “transformed” into something a civilian or any other branch of service will never understand – we are in no uncertain terms “killing machines”. Our persona (to the outside), is one of spit and polish. But, put a Marine in the field for weeks on end and we turn into something… else. So, when we come back to real life, the transition can be tough and there in lies the problem “You can never take it off” – we must represent the Corps. Which entails upholding the standards of all Marines to the outside world. This can be tough, after all we are “TeufelHunden”.

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