Are marine officers considered marines?

I really want to be a marine but would like to go the officer route so i can finish college. Some people say that marine corps officers aren't really marines they are just leaders of marines, is this true? Aren't 2nd LT's in the trenches with their men? I just want to make sure i would be considered a... show more I really want to be a marine but would like to go the officer route so i can finish college. Some people say that marine corps officers aren't really marines they are just leaders of marines, is this true? Aren't 2nd LT's in the trenches with their men? I just want to make sure i would be considered a marine.
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