Who We Are
theusmarines.com is a team made up of editors, writers, experts, Marine Corps veterans who are fiercely passionate about all things tactical. We aim to provide you with thorough reviews of tactical gear and a wealth of knowledge regarding products, as well as useful tips that are applicable to your life.
Our readership is diverse. Everyone from a hiker looking for a tactical backpack, a father preparing a survival kit for his family, to globetrotter researching the utility of combat boots counts on us as a valued resource. Whether seeking apparel buying guides or the right gear for your unique needs, we have your back with all the information you need to make a smart decision.
Not only revolve around gear reviews, we also expand our reach to give you practical advice. With matters covered such as wilderness survival tips, techniques to use the flashlight for personal defense, or proper ways to clean and maintain tactical outfit, and more, we are sure to level up your skills and tactical knowledge.
Additionally, we are committed to delivering inspirational content to anyone interested in the Marines. If you want a glimpse at what is in the Marine Corps, our veterans with years of experience gleaned from that real world are here to help you.
What We Do
It is our mission to help our audience to make the best purchase decision. We conduct extensive research into the military tactical gear and apparel market, review a wide array of products and end up building a curated list of recommendations. We seek diverse viewpoints on product experience from tactical experts to fellow enthusiasts so that we can make comparisons, which gives you insights into how different models measure up against each other.
After we publish a review article, our team is vigorous when it comes to updating and keeping the existing recommendation accurate, fresh, and useful. We keep tabs on the latest releases and strive to bring you the most detailed and honest feedback, so you can have a smooth shopping experience.
Our reviews range from tactical outfits including pants, vests, boots, backpacks, watches to self-defense equipment such as knives, flashlights, and pens. With our focus on being your go-to resource for expert tactical review you can trust, no matter what your purpose of using or purchasing gears is, you will find a simple straightforward guide at theusmarines.com.
Why you should trust us
Our product reviews and recommendations are for editorial use only. It means we do not accept monetary compensation in exchange for coverage. All of our articles and products are carefully chosen by our editorial team. We would buy and use these gears or clothing in real-life settings that put them through their paces and handpick the best among them to help you make a smarter choice – and to avoid the buyer’s regret.
Kenneth holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services from the University of Delaware and a Masters of Military Studies from Marine Corps University. He enlisted in the Corps in 1999 and had the privilege to serve as a Marine for 10 years. Upon graduation as a Private First Class from Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, SC, he was assigned to First Battalion, Fourth Marines where he achieved the rank of Lance Corporal. In 2005, he deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and subsequently, Kenneth Miller was recommended to attend Drill Instructor School where he served as an Assistant Drill Instructor. Here he honed and polished his knowledge and skills to train recruits about everything from how to get dressed to how they would march. Before joining theusmarines.com, he had worked as a teacher on the subject of Health and Physical Education for high school students. Currently, Kenneth Miller’s writings mainly focus on military tactics and survival tips.
Nathan Thomas is a graduate of US Naval Academy with a degree in Engineering. He enlisted in the USMC in 2001 and assumed his duty as a combat engineer in the 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion. He and his platoon deployed to Iraq in 2004 and reported to The Basic School working in the Production Management section from 2006 to 2008. In 2009, Nathan Thomas received orders to 1st Battalion, 9th Marines and deployed for Operation Enduring Freedom 9.2 – Afghanistan. In 2013, he reported to Headquarters US Marine Corps Forces, Pacific and served as a Technical Advisor. Nathan Thomas’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. After leaving the Marines in 2015, he continued researching the production of military equipment and combat gear. Nathan’s access to different engineering-related positions in the Marines has prepared him to bring Theusmarine.com readers the most accurate assessment of products.
Derrick Ferrell completed the recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, CA in 1993 and was assigned to the Marine Combat Training Battalion, School of Infantry as a basic rifleman. In 1995, he joined Base Motors Camp Pendleton, CA where he was promoted to Lance Corporal. His main duty was hauling freight and vehicles in Arizona, Nevada and Utah. After that, in 1997 he received orders to 9th Engineer Support Battalion at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan then earned the rank of Corporal. Throughout the rest of his tenure, Derrick Ferrell had been assigned numerous duties including Motor Transport Chief, Squad Leader, and Platoon Sergeant. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts, a Masters degree in Management. After 16 years of serving in the Marines Corps, he has spent time writing about his life journey and joining in the network of supporting military personnel. Derrick is one of the most active contributors to inspirational and informational articles.
At theusmarines.com we take great pride in the quality of our content. Each individual piece of content has several people behind it working to make sure that it is original, accurate, comprehensive, and unbiased.
Times change and so does information. Our editorial team is relentlessly evaluating existing articles across our site to spot any that contain out of date information. Such posts are reviewed and updated or, if necessary, completely re-edited and rewritten. If you happen to see any inconsistencies or something that needs to be improved, please let us know, we’re always happy to hear feedback.
Occasionally, we add outside links to our content if they are relevant to our story, especially in the case of directing readers to businesses, or products that we have tested and recommended. However, we never receive any compensation or consideration for the content of our recommendation.
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