"...some in Congress it raises this question: Does a nation drowning in debt really need two armies? Gen. James F. Amos, the Marine Corps commandant, says that misses the real point. He argues that the Marines, while willing and able to operate from dug-in positions on land, are uniquely equipped and trained to do much more -- to get to any crisis, on land, at sea or in the air, on a moment's notice."
What a crock! In fact we DO have two armies. If Amos thinks that going on "float" more , getting rid of a few infantry battalions and having more unaccompanied rotations to places like Okinawa and Australia will obscure that fact, then IMO he is mistaken. Let's have one ground force. Call it whatever you want. If you want to call it the "Super Duper Marine Army," go for it! The economies that would result from amalgamation of the two armies would be large. I am sure that it is not a great surprise for people if I say that making amphibious landings from barracks ships is not really "rocket science." You like the uniforms, keep'em. You are in better physical condition? BS! Look around you at today's soldiers. You have better generals? Well then, they will end by running the whole thing.
BTW, weren't the marines on 7 month unit rotations in both these wars?
Give America a break. Let's have one army. pl