The Fleet Marine Force is a unit of the United States Fleet, and serves under the orders of the Commander in Chief. It was authorized by the Secretary of the Navy in General Order No. 241, dated December 7, 1933. It consists of such units as may be designated by the Major General Commandant of Marines, and it is maintained at such strength as is warranted by the general personnel situation of the corps. It is available to the Commander in Chief for fleet operations, and for exercises in connection with fleet problems, either afloat or ashore. The Commanding General of the Fleet Marine Force, and his staff, are detailed by the Major General Commandant. In matters pertaining to the employment of the force, its general communicates directly with the Commander in Chief of the fleet and makes routine reports to that officer on the strength and dispositions of his several units. The Major General Commandant, naturally, is kept informed of the requirements and employment of the force; takes the necessary steps for its maintenance and general administration; and supervises matters of armament and equipment.
The Fleet Marine Force
By Major General John H. Russell, U. S. Marine Corps, Major General Commandant, U. S. Marine Corps