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01-26-08, 05:01 PM
Chronic Marine Syndrome

CAUTION !!!!!! This condition effects those who have served and are presently serving our Corps and Country.
Typical Symptoms, are as follows:

01. Pride in oneself and the organization they represent.
02. Strong willingness to put in extra attention to detail to get the job done (a.k.a. Mission Accomplishment).
03. May wear articles of Marine Clothing: T-Shirts, Jackets, Watches, etc.. well into their 80's.
04. Will not hesitate to stand up and put their hand over their heart, or even salute when the National Anthem is played, or the National Colors passes by.
05. Does not succumb to political correctness.
06. Is sure of who they are.
07. Is often either respected or hated by others, due to their abilities and talents.
08. May donate time and or toys for needy kids at Christmas.
09. Some have been known to wear their hair in a high and tight well into their 90's.
10. Will look you in the eyes when talking to you.
11. Will greet you with a firm handshake.
12. Knows what Honor, Courage, and Commitment mean.
13. Can usually be found in some type of Leadership Role in whatever organization they work for.
14. Will often regard their Drill Instructors with the same respect as their parent(s).
15. Often found in either Law Enforcement or similar public servant employment.
16, Is extremely thorough at what they do.
17. Does not wear a bunch of patches to adorn their uniform. Their Title of MARINE is often sufficient.
18. Often arrives at work earlier than expected. If they wear a shirt and tie in their job, you might see the tie clip centered between the third and fourth button from the top.
19. Are often trained at one of three places; MCRD PISC or MCRD SD, or OCS Quantico VA.
20. May be able to field strip their rifle, up to 60 years after leaving active duty.
21. Can recite the nomenclature of the M16, M14, or M1.
22. May often have his pencils sharpened to a perfect precision point.

Other symptoms include willingness to take on a challenge and maintaining a positive attitude in the face of adversity.

Yes Chronic Marine Syndrome is real and very hard to treat. The Marine with this condition often utters phrases such as Once a Marine, always a Marine or OOORRRAAAHHH. Some may even say Semper Fi on many occasions. It is best if you know someone with this condition to just leave them be. These Marines tend to be fiercly loyal to the Marine Corps.

Ordinary Citizens.. this condition, although not curable, can be treated. Some successful treatments have included:

01. Frequent visits to the base where they last served or looking at their Marine Memorabilia;
02. Get them around other Marines to help them flourish. They need other Marines who have shared the same
03. Have them get memberships in organizations such as the Marine Corps League, Marine Corps Association, or have
them join similar in nature organizations.
04. Some may require extra special attention such as buying items from Sgt Grit or watching movies about the Marine
Corps; this is only natural and nothing to be afraid of.

Whatever you do, remember that Chronic Marine Syndrome must be managed carefully. In Michigan, a young man attempted to mug a Marine Korean War Veteran, who had advanced stages of CMS; it was not pretty, the mugger was severly beaten and required multiple stitches.

Remember Folks, CMS is real, while there may not be a cure for it, we can live with it.

Any questions and or concerns, please contact a local Marine, or go to 1-800-IMA-MARINE for more information.

Warning: Risks of CMS may include severe ass whippings to those who attempt to start a fight with Marines. Remember not everyone gets this condition; onset often occurs after being given the title "United States Marine", since only a select few earn this title, not everyone will develop CMS.


01-26-08, 06:21 PM
It's real folks. Not something to be ignored.

01-26-08, 07:03 PM
22. May often have his pencils sharpened to a perfect precision point??? Thats good to know but if theres others who have not abandoned map and compass nav for GPS i'm not seeing them out where the blacktop ends and the owls roost.


Big Jim
01-26-08, 11:36 PM
GUILTY...as charged!!!