Congressman Walter B. Jones introduced a bill today that would redesignate the Department of the Navy as the Department of the Navy and Marine Corps. Since 2001, Jones has introduced legislation aimed at making the United States Marine Corps an official branch of the military.
Current legislation has the Marine Corps as a service within the Navy.
Jones says, “This legislation is not about changing the responsibilities of the secretary, reallocating resources between the Navy and Marine Corps or altering the course of their missions. Rather, it is about showing the nation the true meaning of the department and recognizing the overall importance of the Marine Corps to our national security."