View Full Version : Subject: "What is it about you Marines?"

Sgt Baker
08-28-08, 08:28 AM
How many times have we been asked, "What is it about you Marines?"
This may help explain what we share that is so special and what we have
lived that makes us remember. To understand, you have to live our
experience, share what we have all shared, and feel what we have all felt.
It is about Corps values, and honor. It is about character. It is about a
shared experience that changed our lives.

The common experience starts with DISORIENTATION. The Corps creates a
vacuum in your life. It takes away your hair, clothes, and friends, and fills it
with a drill instructor. He says things like get off MY bus ... do it NOW
and as you stand ******* to belly-button on the yellow footprints, your
identity disappears. The D.I. gives you a short lesson on the UCMJ, and you
learn that rights belong to the institution, not to the individual.
You will live in a squad bay and you will march everywhere. He speaks to
you in the future imperative ... he says. YOU WILL ... and you do! He gives
you a new language ... deck, hatch, head. It is a language that is steeped
in a tradition you don't understand yet. He takes away your right to speak
in the first person, and he takes away your first name. Your platoon number
is what's imp ortant now.Before your first meal you get 20 seconds to stow
your gear, and you learn that the only way to get it done within the time
limit is to help one another...

The TRANSFORMATION begins. This is the culture of the Group, and its members are anonymous. Although you don't know it, your drill instructor

will become the most important person you will ever meet, and your weeksof boot camp will become the defining cultural experience of your life. For the first time in your life you encounter absolute standards of right and wrong,
success and failure. When you screw up, everyone stops, and they
penalize you, immediately, so you won't forget.

Disorientation and Transformation are followed by TRAINING.

The rules are simple:
a. Tell the truth
b. Always do your best no matter how trivial the task
c. Choose the difficult right over the easy wrong
d. Don't whine or make excuses
e. Judge others by their actions

And above all, look out for the group, before you look out for yourself.
During your training you are pushed beyond your limits, and you achieve.
You learn to make excellence a habit. The common denominator among you
and your fellow recruits is pride and accomplishment. Through your training you
develop spirit, and you develop self-discipline.

You learn the ingredients of CHARACTER: Integrity, Selflessness, and Moral
Courage. And you learn the Corps Values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment.
These are your roots. The Corps is a rigid code that will stay with you
forever. It will define your character, and it will guide you for the rest
of your life. This is why there are no EX-Marines. Once you can appreciate what
you are about to become, you learn about thosewho have gone before you. You
stu dy our history, and learn the lessons of countless heroes who acted, not for
self, but for comrade, Corps, and Country. Marines are about taking care of
each other, always have been, always will. It is our culture and it holds us
together. As you learn the history, you become part of the tradition. You have
a new appreciation of your God, your Country, and your Corps.

One final element completes your training - you become a rifleman.

The magnitude of what you have accomplished becomes apparent to you at
graduation, when you finally earn your title and are called Marine.
What you know then, in your heart, but what you can't put into words, is
that there is something very special about this organization that is unlike
any other organization you ever have been a part of. What you can't put
into words, but what you know in your heart is that the essence of the
Marine Corps resides with the lowest in rank; The Marine is the Corps, and
the Corps is the Marine. ... Your uniform says it all. When someone looks
at you they don't see the name of your ship, a unit patch, or a branch
insignia ...

what they see is a MARINE. That's all that counts! You are a
Marine! It is what matters to you, and it is what matters to every other
Marine. You k now that you may never feel this important again, and you will
spend the rest of our life living the code, and holding on to the feeling
that every Marine is a rifleman and that's the essence. But there is more to our story than our boot camp experience.

There is our experience of sacrifice and our participation in the history & tradition of the Corps. We share stories and tell of the humor that got us through the tough times, but we also have stories we keep to ourselves, hiding the painful memories too personal to share.Shared experience and personal sacrifice are reasons the Marine Corps is a Band of Brothers. It is the reason we celebrate today. The feeling you have when you become a Marine lasts a lifetime.

Whether you serve 3 years, or 30,your experiences will never be forgotten.
You will never work as closely,or depend on others more, than you did in
the Corps. The Corps is your family, you can never leave, and you are always
welcome back. You are EXPECTED to come back! This shared experience,
and personal sacrifice is our common bond. It is why we love each other
and our country so much, and why we cling to our traditions. Our celebration
preserves and honors the memory of all who have gone before us and it is
an example, and a standard, for all who follow. In a time when there are so
few proud and good examples to follow, when so little seems to count,
our views, our beliefs, our PRACTICE of our tradition is, by others standards,

We are perhaps all our country has left to guarantee that the principles upon
which this nation was founded will survive. Many presidents, and congressmen,
have tried to do away with the Marine Corps, but we are still here. Why? The
answer is simple - America doesn't need a Marine Corps, America WANTS one!
Marine, you are the reason she feels that way. Remember that, and feel good about it.


"It does not take a majority to prevail ... but rather an irrate, tireless
minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men."

08-28-08, 03:53 PM
Couldn't say it any better good job

08-28-08, 03:59 PM
HERE'S TO YOU MARINE......:beer:

08-29-08, 10:26 AM
Im stealing this one! Going to send it to a recruit AND my son! In fact I think I will "pretty it up", print it out and frame it for him. On second thought I think I will do the same for the recruit.. will make a great little gift when he graduates!


09-12-08, 11:59 AM
its always good to know what to say and in a quick responce when your asked a question like that. thanks Sgt.

09-22-08, 12:42 PM
Well said Sgt. Baker, I vote for this post to become a sticky.


09-28-08, 01:27 AM
OK finally I NOW KNOW what all them whacks across the head, back, arms, stomach and the rest of my body , was for. Them darned DIs were TRAINING ME ~~~~~~@@@111!!!!!!!!!!!!