The first is the U.S. Marine Corps, which has an advantage in numbers, weaponry and so on. The U.S. Marine Corps has 10,000 active-duty members and about 10,000 reservists. It has been estimated that this corresponds to the total number of marines ranked 2nd to 11th. U.S. Marine Corps recruits will undergo a 54-hour battlefield drill test after 13 weeks of training in a row. The U.S. Marines are also equipped with the latest M27 rifle. In addition, it is also the youngest U.S. soldier to join the ranks of the general need to be under the age of 28.
The second is the Russian naval infantry, which plays a similar role to the United States Marine Corps, especially good at landing operations. The deployment of Russian naval infantry around the world and fighting in eastern Syria and Ukraine have made the Russian naval infantry an effective combat force with strong training and practical experience. The 61st Brigade of Russian Naval Infantry is regarded as the most effective force in the Russian army.
The third is Britain. The Royal Marines have only about 7,000 soldiers, in battalion units, and each battalion has different operational missions, including cold season operations, coastal attacks and raids, maritime operations, etc. The Royal Marines are usually fitted with flexible light weapons. The force will soon undergo a major restructuring, with more small-scale sub-units with special combat capabilities.
In fourth place was the U.S.-trained South Korean Marine Corps, which reached 10,000 in 2018, with its main mission as a quick-reaction force to provide strategic reserve for South Korea's military operations on the Korean Peninsula. In 2016, South Korean Marines announced the formation of a 3,000-person rapid-reaction force. In situations of conflict, the force could be deployed to any location on the Korean peninsula within 24 hours to carry out the most dangerous tasks.
China ranks fifth. Before 2017, the People's Liberation Army Marine Corps had about 10,000, the report said, before which it increased to 30,000. It remains a traditional naval force, performing defensive and operational missions on naval ships and bases. The role of Chinese marines will grow as China recently established an overseas base in Djibouti. The Chinese Marines have also made an appearance in joint military exercises with Russia. (Wang Xiaoxiong)