The Navy Vs The Marines

Xavier da Silva

Senior Member
Hello everyone,

Is there a difference between "the Marines" and "the Navy" meaning "the part of a country's military forces that fights at sea using ships, submarines, airplanes, etc" in the examples I created below?

a. He joined the Marines Vs the Navy last year.
b. She is in the Marines Vs the Navy.

Thank you in advance!
 
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  • The Newt

    Senior Member
    English - US
    In the US the Marines are an amphibious assault force, but their primary focus has nothing to do with operating a warship, which is the concern of the navy proper. They might be carried by navy ships to a location on land that they would then seize, but they don't have anything to do with running aircraft carriers, battleships, and the like.
     

    Myridon

    Senior Member
    English - US
    I believe the Marines are trained to serve at sea and on land.
    The Marines were originally the part of the Navy that left the boat - basically, soldiers transported by ship rather than other means.
    Now, they are a separate service so the sentences in the OP seem like "He works for Microsoft vs Apple."
     

    Barque

    Senior Member
    Tamil
    "the part of a country's military forces that fights at sea using ships, submarines, airplanes, etc"
    Note that all countries don't have a Marine Corps, though they might have personnel who carry out a similar function.

    Barque
    (Landlubber)
     
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