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Subordinate operating concepts provide more detailed descriptions of how Marine Corps forces will accomplish a given mission or range of missions within a particular situation or set of situations. At a minimum, the family of subordinate operating concepts covers the Marine Corps’ Title 10 responsibilities. Most prominent among those responsibilities is “service with the fleet in the seizure or defense of advanced naval bases and for the conduct of such land operations as may be essential to the prosecution of a naval campaign.” While that law (Title 10) also tasks us to “perform such other duties as the President may direct,” which often results in our employment alongside the Army for sustained operations ashore, the law qualifies that “these additional duties may not detract from or interfere with the operations for which the Marine Corps is primarily organized.”



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