The Marine Corps has many different duties, from the routine to the complicated, from the combat to ceremonial. One of the most visible functions of the United States Marine Corps is the Marine Special Duty Detail. This is the force that provides Embassy security duty for United States Facilities around the world. There is a motto in the Marine Corps, “Semper Fidelis.” This is Latin, and it means “Always Faithful.” But to the Marine Corps, and to individual Marines, it is not just words or a motto; it is a way of life. There is a closely held belief in the Marine Corps, there are no ex Marines, once a Marine always a Marine.
Serving in the Special Duty Security field is considered a plum assignment, but it is also one that is voluntary in nature. All Special duty assignments and security opportunities are made up of volunteer Marines that asks for the duty, and then are assigned on the volunteer basis. These Security and Special Duty services are performed worldwide, at Embassies and special ceremony locations wherever a United States Dignitary or official is present, you can be sure there is a Marine Corps detachment present to provide security and protection. Every type of Special duty is unique, and represents the honor and discipline standard that every member of the Marine Corps holds themselves to.
From the Commandant of the Marine Corps, to the newest enlisted recruit, whether at war or peace, routine or ceremonial duty, every member of the Marine Corps is a Rifleman. The military bearing and skills in marksmanship are taught in Basic Training to every single Marine Corps Member. The ceremonial rifle that is carried on duty at Special Duty stations and on Embassy duty is a true thing of beauty. The Marine Corps Code of Honor binds every Marine Corps Individual. The Code that is bedrock and highest priority to every Marine has three parts. Courage-, the strength to face any fear that you may have, and to choose to overcome it. You cannot be expected to be without fear, but a Marine will face their fears and try to overcome them, using mental, moral and physical strength.
Commitment- This is the spirit of determination and dedication that is the core of every Marine Corps individual. Choosing to have commitment, to stand for something and to be willing to work with your fellow Marines in achieving common Goals. This is your commitment to yourself, to your fellow Marines, and to the Marine Corps. Honor- This is the basic respect for yourself, and for others. A high standard of ethical and moral behavior is required. Character and honesty are vital parts of honor, and the realization that you are responsible to show honor.