Fifty Reasons To Love The United States Marine Corps
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    Registered User Free Member Roberto T. Cast's Avatar
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    Fifty Reasons To Love The United States Marine Corps

    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?

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    Amusing; however, it conflicts with the 1st Verse.

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    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.

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    #21 I guess you never been to Parris Island in the summer
    and those darn sandfleas........

    Semper Fi

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    Marine Free Member btrogu's Avatar
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    #1 My wife just dosen't agree for some reason.

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    > All persons, upon entering Military Service and upon reenlistment,
    > are required to take the Oath of Enlistment. At one time, the Oath of
    > Enlistment was the same for all services. Due to changes in both
    society and the differing Military Branches, the Oath has undergone
    marked change and has been specifically tailored to each branch of the
    Military and their specific function. Here are the latest versions of the
    Oath of Enlistment as recently released by the Joint Chiefs of Staff:
    > US Air Force Oath of Enlistment
    > "I, (State your name), swear to sign away 4 years of my life to the
    > UNITED STATES AIR FORCE because I know I couldn't hack it in the Army,
    > because the Marines frighten me, and because I am afraid of water over
    > waist-deep. I swear to sit behind a desk. I also swear not to do any
    form of real exercise, but promise to defend our bike-riding test as a
    valid form of exercise. I promise to walk around calling everyone by
    their first name because I find it amusing to annoy the other services. I
    will have a better quality of life than those around me and will, at all
    times, be sure to make them aware of that fact. After completion of
    "Basic Training". I will be a lean. Mean, donut-eating, Lazy-Boy sitting,
    civilian-wearing-blue-clothes, Chair-borne Ranger. I will believe I am
    superior to all others and will make an effort to clean the knife before
    stabbing the next person in the back. I will annoy those around me, and
    will go home earlier every day. So help me God!"
    > ________________
    > Signature
    > ________________
    > Date
    > US Army Oath of Enlistment
    > "I, Rambo, swear to sign away 4 years of my mediocre life to the
    > UNITED STATES ARMY because I couldn't score high enough on the ASVAB to
    > get into the Air Force, I'm not tough enough for the Marines, and the
    Navy won't take me because I can't swim. I will wear camouflage every day
    and tuck my trousers into my boots because I can't figure out how to use
    blousing straps. I promise to wear my uniform 24 hours a day even when I
    have a date. I will continue to tell my self that I am a fierce killing
    machine because my Drill Sergeant told me I am, despite the fact that the
    only action I will see is a Court-Martial for sexual harassment. I
    acknowledge the fact that I will make E-8 in my first year of service,
    and bow to maintain that it is because I scored perfect on my PT test.
    > After completion of my I mean "Basic Training," I
    > will attend a different Army school every other month and return
    knowing less than I did when I left. On my first trip home after Boot
    Camp, I will walk around like I am cool and propose to my 9th grade
    sweetheart. I will make my wife stay home because if I let her out she
    might leave me for a better-looking Air Force guy. Should she leave me
    twelve times, I will continue to take her back. While at work, I will
    maintain a look of knowledge while getting absolutely nothing
    accomplished. I will arrive to work every day at 1000 hrs because of
    morning PT and leave every day at 1300 to report back to "COMPANY." I
    understand that I will undergo no training whatsoever that will help me
    get a job upon separation, and will end up working construction with my
    friends from high school. I will brag to everyone about the Army giving
    me $30,000 for college, but will be unable to use it because I can't pass
    a placement exam. So help me God!"
    > ________________
    > Signature
    > ________________
    > Date
    > US Navy Oath of Enlistment
    > "I, Top Gun, in lieu of going to prison, swear to sign away 4 years
    > of my life to the UNITED STATES NAVY, because I want to hang out with
    > Marines without actually having to BE one of them, because I thought
    the Air Force was too "corporate," because I didn't want to actually live
    in dirt like the Army, and because I thought, "Hey, I like to swim...why
    > I promise to wear clothes that went out of style in 1976 and to have
    > my name stenciled on the butt of every pair of pants I own. I
    understand that I will be mistaken for the Good Humor Man during summer,
    and for Nazi Waffen SS during the winter.
    > I will strive to use a different language than the rest of the
    > English-speaking world, using words like "deck, bulkhead, cover, gee
    dunk, scuttlebutt, scuttle and head," when I really mean "floor, wall,
    hat, candy, water fountain, hole in wall and toilet." I will take great
    pride in the fact that all Navy acronyms, ranks, and insignia, and
    everything else for that matter, are completely different from the other
    services and make absolutely no sense whatsoever. I will muster, whatever
    that is, at 0700 every morning unless I am buddy-buddy with the Chief, in
    which case I will show up around 0930. I bow to hone my coffee
    cup-handling skills to the point that I can stand up in a kayak being
    tossed around in a typhoon, and still not spill a drop., I consent to
    being promoted and subsequently busted at least twice per fiscal year. I
    realize that, once selected for Chief, I am required to submit myself to
    the sick, and quite possibly illegal, whims of my newfound "colleagues."
    So help me Neptune!"
    > ________________
    > Signature
    > ________________
    > Date
    > US Marine Corps Oath of Enlistment
    > "I, (make up a name the police won't recognize),
    > swear...uhhhh...high-and-tight...grunt...cammies...kill....fix
    > bayonets...charge...slash...dig...burn...blowup... ugh...Air Force
    > ...sailors wives...air strikes...yes SIR!...whiskey...
    > liberty call...salute...Ooorah Gunny...grenades...women...OORAH! So
    help me Chesty PULLER!"
    > _________________Thumb Print
    > XX__________________________Teeth Marks

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    Registered User Free Member CPLRapoza's Avatar
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    You can tell this was written by a Hollywood Marine. But still good just the same.

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    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!

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