The USMC celebrate 236 years of serving the United States.
AFP/Getty Images A US Marine of the 2nd Battallion, 1st Marines Weapons Company returns to a base after a joint patrol with Afghanistan National Army (ANA) soldiers in Laki , Helmand Province, Afghanistan on March 3, 2011. One in three Afghan soldiers still leave the army each year, but NATO remains on track to raise the number of security forces to 305,000 by October 2011, an alliance general said. Boosting the ranks of Afghanistan’s security forces is a vital element of NATO’s plan to begin handing command of the battlefield to Afghans this year, and start withdrawing some foreign troops, with the goal of giving them full control nationwide by 2014. AFP PHOTO / ADEK BERRY (Photo credit should read ADEK BERRY/AFP/Getty Images)