Get Into The Rhythm Of The Marine Corps Birthday Cadence

Nothing needs to be said about this video. Simply watch it and you will understand a great deal about the Marine Corps that is said in the words of this cadence call written for the Marine Corps birthday, and it is expressed as much between the lines. 

Get the rhythm and hear the words:

The US Marine Corps has a cadence for its birthday on Nov. 10.
Source: YouTube/Marine Corps Recruiting
The US Marine Corps has a cadence for its birthday on Nov. 10.
Marines sing out the birthday cadence in the video below.
Source: YouTube/Marine Corps Recruiting
Marines sing out the birthday cadence in the video below.

This is the sound of unit coherence, discipline and pride. All that marching and all of those cadence calls meant more than any of us understood at the time.  

Marines are made on Parris Island.
Source: YouTube/Marine Corps Recruiting
Marines are made on Parris Island.
We honor those who fought the fight.
Source: YouTube/Marine Corps Recruiting
We honor those who fought the fight.

Watch and listen. You may even hear yourself shouting, “OoRah!” at the end of this.


The mission of the United States Marine Corps is made up of three promises: to make Marines, win our Nation’s battles, and develop quality citizens prepared to fight and win battles.

Today, more than 180,000 enlisted Marines and 23,000 Marine officers serve in active duty or reserve forces on bases and in communities around the world, proudly carrying with them the core values of the Marine Corps.

Happy birthday, Marines, past and present.  Semper Fidelis!  OohRah!

Dan Doyle

Dan Doyle is a husband, father, grandfather, Vietnam veteran, and retired professor of Humanities at Seattle University. He taught 13 years at the high school level and 22 years at the university level. He spends his time now babysitting his granddaughter. He is a poet and a blogger as well. Dan holds an AA degree in English Literature, a BA in Comparative Literature, and an MA in Theology, and writes regularly for The Veterans Site Blog.

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