The US Marines builds to Diversity

July 11, 1798

In 1798, the Marines were looking for a few good men – unfortunately, very few.  On July 11, 1798, the US Marine Corps was reinstituted as a whites-only unit, with the provision that “no negro, mulatto or Indian to be enlisted”.  This policy remained in effect until 1942.  The 21st century Marine Corps has embraced diversity; one in every three Marines is now an ethnic minority, with Hispanics comprising 11.9% of the Corps.  (Image of US Marine Corps Lt. Col. Raphael Hernandez, with children Sarah and Dominic.)