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The United States Marine Corps (or simply USMC) is a BLUFOR faction that has been featured in both ArmA: Armed Assault and ArmA 2.


« Celer, Silens, Mortalis. (Swift, Silent, Deadly.)
USMC Force Reconnaissance motto


ArmA: Armed Assault

Marines from the 27th Marine Expeditionary Unit (27th MEU) consisted of the bulk of reinforcements deployed to the Kingdom of South Sahrani in 2006. They were to dispatched to relieve beleaguered U.S. Army/RACS forces being pushed back by the North's full-scale invasion.

Notable members at this time included Colonel Davis, who served as the commander of the 27th, as well as Sergeant Leon Ortega, the protagonist of the Rahmadi Conflict campaign.

ArmA 2

ArmA 2-era USMC emblem.

Deployed in 2008 to the South Zagoria region of Chernarus at the request of the Chernarussian government-in-exile, the Corps' presence in the country consisted of the 27th Marine Expeditionary Unit (27th MEU) who operated from their lead ship the USS Khe Sanh (LHD-9), a Wasp-class Amphibious Assault Ship based in the Green Sea region.

A battalion of Force Reconnaissance Marines also supported the 2009 offensive, and scouted ahead of the MEU's main invasion against the region.

Their primary objective is to provide training, material, and manpower support to the Chernarussian government forces, who were being overwhelmed in a civil war fighting against an insurgency group calling itself the Chernarussian Movement of the Red Star (ChDKZ). They were to restore order to the wartorn region back into the hands of the legitimate government-in-exile.

At this time, the 27th was commanded by General David Armstrong, with other notable members being Carl Dressler, an officer from the Corps' Intelligence Activity (MCIA) divison, Force Recon commander Captain Shaftoe, as well as the four members of Force Recon callsign Razor Team.

ArmA 2: Operation Arrowhead

As part of the UN-mandated, NATO-led Operation Arrowhead, Marines from both the 27th Marine Expeditionary Unit (27th MEU) and 9th Marine Expeditionary Unit (9th MEU) participated in the first phase of the deployment to Takistan.

The main ground elements from both MEUs were combined into Task Force Bishop. They were based in neighbouring Chernarus as well as off the south-eastern coast of Takistan from the USS Khe Sanh (LHD-9).


Events of Armed Assault (2006)

Events of the Rahmadi Conflict (2006)

Post-Rahmadi Conflict

A year following the war's resolution, U.S. Marines continued to maintain a small presence on the island nation, assisting the new government in rebuilding the wartorn nation, and providing security in the unified Kingdom's northern regions.

However a few months later, the reigning King Joseph III is killed in an aviation accident alongside his son and first in the line of succession, Crown Prince Orlando. He is immediately succeeded as ruler by the sole heir to the throne, then-Princess Isabella.

Isabella's first official decree upon assuming the throne was to mandate the ejection of all foreign troops from the country. As such, the last of the Marine garrison would be fully withdrawn from Sahrani by mid 2007.

Events of Operation Harvest Red (2009)

Under its new leader, Gregori Lopotev, a powerful insurgent group called the Chernarussian Movement of the Red Star (ChDKZ) executes the standing Prime Minister of Chernarus, Alexander Baranov, in retaliation for failed negotiations with the Russian government regarding the integration of Chernarus back into the Russian Federation.

Lopotev declared that the nation would now be known as the "Chernarussian Socialistic Republic", while the legitimate civilian government was forced into exile. An urgent meeting is called in the UN Security Council by the Russian Federation to discuss the state of the crisis gripping the ex-U.S.S.R. nation, and to authorise the deployment of Russian peacekeepers into the region.

Much to Moscow's ire, secret discussions between Washington and Novigrad would result in an American-led force taking their place. The 27th MEU is geared into action for Operation Harvest Red, tasked with the duty of preventing further civilian casualties in the ongoing fighting between ChDKZ and remnants of the CDF, as well as the elimination of all ChDKZ forces in South Zagoria.

Post-Operation Harvest Red

Completely victorious, Razor Team are debriefed as they return to the Khe Sanh for celebrations

The Chernarussian civil war finally reaches a conclusive end with the help of the 27th MEU.

Peace to the wartorn region is achieved at long last, with Marines assisting in the reconstruction and stabilisation efforts to bring the country back to normality over the coming months.

All information regarding Razor Team's involvement is completely denied on public record, with the deaths of Russian soldiers simply being blamed on the mistakes of low-level commanders.

Events of Operation Arrowhead (2012)

Three years later, the USMC is once again deployed to support on-going NATO-led operations in the Green Sea region as part of Operation Arrowhead.

Following the Takistani government's refusal to back down from its threats to invade its neighbouring country Karzeghistan, the UN Security Council unanimously agrees to a military intervention to forcibly put a stop to the Takistani regime.

Coalition forces plan of attack. The bulk of the MEU deployed from the Khe Sanh for the first phase of Operation Arrowhead (callsign King).

With the permission of the Chernarussian government, the ground elements from both the 9th and 27th MEU are formed into Task Force Bishop.

They establish staging points on Chernarussian soil along the country's western border, and also position the USS Khe Sanh off the south-eastern coast of Takistan. The deadline eventually passes unheeded on June 1st, 2012, and coalition forces carry out a full-scale invasion.

TF Bishop's primary target was the capital city of Takmyr, as well as the coastal cities and settlements located on the country's eastern region. They seized Takistani government facilities and military installations, and eventually occupied the capital after several hours of fierce fighting.

The USS Khe Sanh suffered light damage when Takistani gunboats swarmed the MEU's landing forces, but were quickly destroyed by a combination of USMC and British Royal Navy FAA airstrikes.

TF Bishop later assisted U.S. Army forces from Task Force Knight, as they prepared to attack the central regions of Takistan. They established forward observation bases near Takmyr, and set up FARPs for their aircraft to resupply from.


ArmA: Armed Assault

MARPAT Desert camouflage pattern (Armed Assault)

USMC reinforcements utilised the latest in American-made military hardware, gadgets and optoelectronic systems.

Almost every Marine is equipped with a set of night vision goggles and mainly wear the Marine Corps Combat Utility Uniform (MCCUU) camouflaged in the Corps' arid version of the MARPAT camouflage pattern.

For ballistic safety, Marines wore coyote brown-coloured Interceptor Body Armor (IBA) vests for chest/torso protection and the Lightweight Helmet (LWH) for headgear, similarly camouflaged in MARPAT Desert.

ArmA 2

MARPAT Woodland camouflage pattern (ArmA 2)

The 27th MEU continues to wear both the MCCUU and Lightweight Helmets, though both are now concealed by the Corps' iconic digital woodland MARPAT camouflage as the latter is better suited for Chernarus' forested environment.

Unlike in Armed Assault, Marines now wear the modernised Modular Tactical Vest (MTV) for body armour, which are coloured in either coyote brown or camouflaged in MARPAT Woodland. Specialist and ammo bearer Marines on the other hand, carry Improved Load Bearing Equipment (ILBE) rucksacks and kitbags.


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ArmA: Armed Assault

ArmA 2



  • In Armed Assault, USMC forces do not exist as a standalone faction. Rather, they are considered to be a sub-faction that is subordinate to the broader "U.S. Army" faction.
    • The USMC sub-faction was not added until the release of Patch 1.14, which also included the Warfare mode.
    • As a result, the in-game USMC faction is incorrectly depicted with using Army vehicles and aircraft like the Stryker IAV or the UH-60 Black Hawk. They are however, authentically portrayed wielding M16A4 assault rifles as their service weapon.
  • During ArmA 2's Alpha stage of development, Marine units were shown wearing the exact same IBA vests as their predecessors in Armed Assault, and were merely retextured to suit Chernarus' woodland environment. By the game's release however, they were correctly remodelled to wear MTV plate carriers instead.
  • TF Bishop's involvement in Operation Arrowhead is never depicted in-game as there are no desert Marine units (unlike in Armed Assault).
    • Likewise, their occupation of Takymr is not shown in regular gameplay as the coastal regions of Takistan are not available as playable terrains. Information of their involvement was only made available through the campaign's intro news report, which details their involvement in the first phase of the operation.
  • Prior to its drastic development overhaul in 2012, the 27th MEU were directly mentioned by name in the buildup to the setting of ArmA 3's main campaign.
    • Tasked with defending the Greek island of Limnos - the former name of the Altis terrain before ArmA 3's overhaul - the MEU was wiped out by a massive invasion force of Iranian troops in 2025; at the height of the original storyline's global conflict. The 27th MEU's annihilation would pave the way for the island's occupation (and subsequently, the rest of Greece).
    • Given the significantly altered setting of the main campaign's release version however, it's not known as to what extent the 27th MEU's remnants (if any) would have played in the original storyline.

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