|"That two battalions of Marines be raised
|consisting of one colonel,
|two lieutenant colonels,
|two majors and officers as usual in other regiments,
|that they consist of an equal number of privates
|with other battalions;
|that particular care be taken that no person be appointed
|to office or enlisted into said battalions,
|but such as are good seamen,
|or so acquainted with maritime affairs
|as to be able to serve to advantage by sea."
|Resolution of the Continental Congress,
|10 November 1775.