This legendary unit of United States Marines has been cited as the finest body of American fighting men ever assembled. They were America's most highly trained and effective security force.
In short, the Subic Bay Marines represent the best there is in a well-trained, dedicated force, defending democracy and freedom.
-- United States Senator Tom Harkin. The Marines who served at Subic Bay were among the most highly trained
and elite of the armed forces. By performing a variety of duties they helped secure the freedom of the United States.--United
States Congressman Norm Dicks.
A Marine had to be unique and the best of the best to serve at Subic. The following
are some of the criteria that had to be met before a Marine was selected for this demanding
and difficult duty:
- Top physical fitness scores.
- Outstanding proficiency in everything from communication skills to the use of
- Outstanding conduct marks.
- A good recommendation from superiors.
- Reliability Program Certified ( successfully pass an FBI initiated background check).
- Have a clean Marine Corps service record.
The Subic Bay Marine Barracks flag has been cited as the most highly decorated barracks flag in the
history of the United States Marine Corps.
When there is no longer a Subic Bay Marine standing, the best of the best will fade into history.