One rarely has the chance to meet a bona fide visionary. While Bill Gates and Steve Jobs maybe better known, I would put our founder, James P. Etter (Major, USMC, Ret.) in their illustrious company. Almost 20 years ago, he had the vision to start a university to serve thousands of U.S. Military members with relevance, convenience, and affordability at the forefront of his vision.
Today the United States Marines Corps is celebrating its 233rd birthday! On this day in 1775, the Second Continental Congress established two battalions of soldiers to serve as the Continental Marines.
Before I provide you with the rest of the history of the Marine Corps, I need to disclose that our founder, Major James Etter, was an enlisted Marine in Vietnam and after attending college on the GI Bill after the war, became a Marine aviator.