The current definition of Marine is "A member of an infantry force that specializes in space operations such as orbital assault." In Pre-ascent Terran history, a marine force was often part of a (aquatic) navy, but could also be a specialized army unit or even an independent command.
Other tasks would include boarding of vessels during combat or capture of prize ships and providing manpower for raiding "fixed installations" in support of the naval objectives. Marine elements would also contribute to the "groundside campaign", in support of the military objective.Carrying on a tradition from one of it's most famous fore runners the "United States Marine Corps", every Marine is a riffleman, even though a single "riffle" had more firepower in 2250 than the entire United States Armed forces had prior to Ascent.
- ↑ While the Sarans, Pan Sarans and Ult had units that were functionally equivalent to the Marine Corps, these were a part of a combined armed forces.
- ↑ Fixed installations refer to the fact that they don't have the capability to enter Quasi Space but could comprise both installations on or in a planetary body or asteroid, or even a space station.