View Full Version : Fifty Reasons To Love The United States Marine Corps

Roberto T. Cast
05-28-03, 02:38 PM
1. Best haircut. Hands down. You can't have a bad hair day with a USMC regulation haircut and you spend less on shampoo.

2. Dress blues. They're the coolest uniforms in any military

3. Bloused trousers. Another distinctive Marine look that sets the
proudest service members apart.

4. The rest of the Marine sea bag. From the Alphas to the camouflage utilities, uniforms just look better on a Marine than any other service member.

5. Marines don't wear dungarees.

6. Most respect I: When the Marines pulled out of Haiti and Somalia, the media reported the U.S. military was pulling out as if tens of thousands of Army troops weren't still in the country.

7. Most respect II: When the Corps returned to Haiti after 60 years, an old man on the beach at Cap Haitian said, "Welcome back!"

8. Toughest mascot: The Marine Corps' is a bulldog, the Navy's is a goat and the Army's is, very appropriately, a jackass.

9. Esprit de Corps: Even if you can't spell it or pronounce it, the
Marine Corps have it in spades. One example; when sailors get tattoos, they do it to express their individuality, and their choices range from Betty Bop and Mickey Mouse to raging sea serpents. When Marines get tattoos, they do it to express their solidarity, and choose bull dogs, "Death Before Dishonor,'' and "USMC."
10. Best war monument is the Iwo Jima.

11. The Marines invade, and then go home. The Army has to do the occupying.

12. The silent drill platoon. Just watching them apply their trade
makes you want to wear dress blues.

13. Status: Sailors live and work on ships. Marines go for cruises then hit the beach.

14. Best fast attack vehicle, the LAVs

15. Best fighting knife, the Ka-Bar

16. Best duty assignments.Okinawa, Kaneohe Bay, Camp Pendleton, Diego Garcia, Moscow, North Carolina. Plus any ship at sea.

17. Worst duty assignments, Okinawa, Kaneohe Bay, Camp Pendleton, Diego Garcia, Moscow, North Carolina. Plus any ship at sea.

18. Most exotic duty assignments, Kuala Lumpur, The White House.

19. Best phone number. Call 1-800-MARINES and you've got the Corps and if you're a civilian with the mettle to be a Marine, a recruiter there will be happy to sign you up.

20. Toughest DIs. They're so tough that when the Navy wants to train its officers, whom do they call? 1-800-MARINES.

21. Toughest boot camp, San Diego, California. When Navy
recruits were still training in San Diego, occasionally they would jump the fence and accidentally land at MCRD. The Marines would keep them a couple of days and when they were sent back, they were glad to be sailors! Corpsmen EXCLUDED of course.

22. Best motivational cry, Ooh-rah! It's pronounced Ooh-rah and NOT Hurrah

23. Best emblem, Eagle, Globe and Anchor

24. Best campaign covers, The Smokey Bear hat

25. Separate heads for enlisted and officers. Everywhere else, officers and enlisted use the same pot.

26. The best unofficial hymn for any of the services, "The Marines'
1. From the Halls of Montezuma to the Shores of Tripoli; we fight our country's battles in the air, on land and sea. First to fight for right and freedom and to keep our honor clean; we are proud to claim the title of United States Marine.
2. Our flag's unfurled to every breeze from dawn to setting sun; we have fought in every clime and place where we could take a gun. In the snow of far off northern lands and in sunny tropic scenes, you will find us always on the job the United States Marines.
3. Here's health to you and to our Corps, which we are proud to serve. In many strife we've fought for life and never lost our nerve. If the Army and the Navy ever look on Heaven's scenes, they will find their women are sleeping with United States Marines!!!'

27. Best slogan, Once a Marine, always a Marine

28. Best slogan II. Tell that to the Marines

29. Best slogan III, Send in the Marines

30. Best nicknames I, Jarhead

31. Best nicknames II, Leatherneck

32. Best nicknames III, Devil Dog; the ultimate compliment, it was given to us by our enemy. The German Army in World War I, whose soldiers' greatest fear was running up against the
toughest American fighting men, the Marines, they called
us "teufelhunden,'' or Devil Dog

33. Most remarkable airplane, The Harrier. No other service's jets can take off and land on a dime.

34. Most dangerous airplane, The Harrier. Not a simple science, but luckily more of a danger to the enemy than to Marine fliers.

35. You're a Marine. Not a soldier or a troop.

36. That's Marines, with a capital M.

37. Tradition! The Corps is older than the republic itself

38. Marines symbolize discipline, courage, honor, commitment, valor, patriotism, and military virtue. The Army symbolizes "getting along" and "doing what everyone else does.

39. Best recruiting gimmick I, Those darn Knights-in-Shining-Armor

40. Best recruiting gimmick II, We're looking for a few good men.'' OK, they left out women. The Corps is looking for a few good women, too.

41. Best recruiting gimmick III, If you have the mettle to be a

42. The Commandant's House. It's the oldest occupied residence in Washington, D. C.

43. Chesty Puller. You got to love a service that has heroes with names like that.

44. Unity; every Marine is a rifleman.

45. The Docs Marines' corpsmen-in-arms. They're sailors, but they're as tough as Marines.

46. Mud. You want to see pure joy? Look at a group of Marines after a mud fight.

47. Starch. Clean 'em up, put 'em in starched cammies, and they look sharp.

48. Poetry in motion. They're weapons, not g-u-n-s and if you don't know the pithy verse that explain that, don't ask us. We blush to tell.

49. Point of the spear, out in front, kicking down the door. What the Marines do best.

50. Former Commandant and Mud Marine Al Gray:
1. His official portrait in cammies
2. He drank from a four-star canteen cup
3. Business leaders are so impressed with his ethic and style, they are using his Fleet Marine Force Manual 1, "War fighting,'' to hone their skills for boardroom battles.
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These were sent to me by a Marine friend. Hope you like them.

Look at # 26, the 3rd verse.

What do you think of it? :banana:

05-28-03, 03:28 PM
Amusing; however, it conflicts with the 1st Verse.:marine:

06-16-03, 03:09 PM
Yea! It isn't the way I learnt it, but theres probably some truth
in it, thats No#26 3rd verse I talking about. All the rest is just plain FACT.

06-16-03, 05:55 PM
#21 I guess you never been to Parris Island in the summer
and those darn sandfleas........

Semper Fi

06-16-03, 05:56 PM
#1 My wife just dosen't agree for some reason.

Art Petersn
06-16-03, 07:17 PM
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06-16-03, 07:25 PM
You can tell this was written by a Hollywood Marine. But still good just the same.

06-17-03, 08:08 PM
Right in Paris Island, we didn't get sunglasses and suntan lotion. A Devil Dog is still a Devil Dog no matter which recruit depot they went to. Semper Fi Marines!