Why are paratroopers part of army rather then air force, while marine is part of navy?
The marine corp is an independent force, extended out of the navy, as a result, having a sea to land ground combat design. Paratroopers come down from the sky, as airborne unit, they are an air to land ground combat unit. I would have assume, the paratroopers to be an independent force that extend from the air force, because of that, just like how the marine is an independent force that came out as an extension of the navy due its nature. But instead, paratroopers is a part of the army. Why do you think that is the case?
Because the Air Force wasn't always the Air Force. It started as the Army Air Corps and remained that way until after WWII. Paratroopers are fighting men who get to their targets by parachuting rather than marching but they're still ground fighting men.
http://www.military.com/air-force-birth … story.html
Cecelia gave a good answer about paratroopers.
The Marine Corps originally provided protection to US Navy ships against enemy attack and mutiny. They also formed boarding parties when attacking other ships or shore facilities. That further developed into ship-based infantry to project force wherever needed around the world. There are ships full of Marines at sea at all times in many parts of the world ready to take action on short notice.
Like the Army paratroopers, there are Marine forces that get where they need to be by jumping out of planes.
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