Eat the Apple Fuck the Corps 235 Years of Murder Don’t Wish Me a Happy Birthday

Written by PunkJohnnyCash on Nov 10, 2010

Eat the Apple Fuck the Corps – A phrase used by Marines to express their displeasure with the Marine Corps. Usually mouthed by someone about to leave the Corps or by a Marine who has endured a perceived injustice.


Today marks 235 years of legalized murder by one of the most deadly gangs on the earth. I was once a part of this gang. I am not proud of the death across the world. I am not proud that other young women and men were brainwashed into glorifying the murder of the state. On this 235th birthday of the Marine Corps I ask of you not to tell me happy birthday. Don’t thank me. Question the violence and slaughter.

Every year around November 10th I hear many people wishing me a “Happy Birthday” because it is the day the Corps celebrates it’s birthday. Today is the 235th year of the Marine Corps.  I also often get the redundant ‘thank you for your service’ from many who feel that the murderous actions of the state are honorable.

This is the time of year they throw elegant balls to celebrate. It is a big holiday in the Corps. Many from military families and those that have been involved in the U.S.M.C. know that today is a day of significance and a day that all Marines are not only aware of but often anticipating. There will be feasts, balls, drink and celebration this week all throughout the world.

I often do not know what to say as people find out I am a veteran of the U.S.M.C. and they thank me. I find the legacy of violence and brutality repulsive. I do not want to hear your thank you. I do not want to hear the ‘happy birthday’.

If you want to thank anyone thank the Winter soldiers for doing what is right. They are the true patriots. Celebrate those who speak out against the murder and violence of the American Empire. I will not be always faithful to the murder of the state. I will not condone sending young people to die and kill. The youth of the nation has been brainwashed into believing in the murder and tyranny of the state as I illustrated earlier in my article Fear and Loathing in the U.S.M.C. Brainwashed in the Corps.

Eat the Apple Fuck The Corps

Source: www.gonzotimes.com

 

Fear and Loathing In the U.S.M.C. Part 2 | Brainwashed in the Corps

Written by PunkJohnnyCash on Jul 9, 2010

“FIVE! FOUR! TWO! ONE! STOP! You’re done! Get your nasty hands off!” The drill instructor belted out in his guttural scratchy faux voice. “I said you’re done!” He screamed as he got into a recruits face. Everyone was frozen. “Get On Line!” The recruits left their ALICE packs lay and jumped to attention on the little yellow lines painted on the concrete ground in front the racks.

“Sir, Yes Sir!” the recruits chanted in unison.  The drill instructor continued to berate the recruit, spit flying in his face and finger extended barely an inch from his eyeball.  Fatigued and thrown into chaos the recruits listened to the drill instructor belittle every action they had made. The drill instructor would have them dump everything out of their ALICE packs and start the impossible task again while he counted down. This task would be repeated over and over until the recruits understood they were incompetent.

That was not a one time occurrence.  It became every day and night for thirteen weeks. There was plenty of punishment. The recruits would understand that not only did they not have an identity outside of recruit but they would understand that their actions and attempts were never worthy until the recruit had become a Marine. The old self was worthless. The Marine was something of pride and honor. The state had to create people whose humanity had been denied so they would lay down their lives without question for the cause of the state.

As a Marine I saw an institution that was structured not too different than an abusive relationship. I saw that to maintain the power they held over myself and others abusive behaviors were embraced. This is essential for the state to maintain it’s power and effectiveness in carrying out it’s main objective in killing those that would oppose the authority and desires of the state. The police must dehumanize the citizen, the soldier or Marine must dehumanize the enemy combatant. They must be dehumanized to be capable of dehumanizing other people. This can be as simple as the language used to replace the humanity of the victim such as “perpetrator”, “enemy” or “combatant”.

The Marine or Soldier will resent the truth that they have been brainwashed. This process of brainwashing is essential to maintaining any militarized force from the U.S.M.C. to a police force or army. The solider, police officer or Marine will resent the fact that the same process used to control an abused spouse in domestic violence situations is used on them. The militarized mind will grow angry and deny this reality when it confronts them. The apologetics they use are often ingrained in their minds during the process.

 

The techniques used in training set up a hierarchical culture that is perpetuated through ones’ military career. This leads to the abusive power over individuals in their time in service. It also alters their perception and is often carried out to the civilian world with abusive tendencies. No, that does not mean the Marine is necessarily beating the spouse always, but it can lead to many abusive power structures in relationships with other individuals.

What does this process look like?

Many different models of brainwashing can be found. The majority of them hold much in common with militarization of the individual. Biderman’s Chart of Coercion highlights: Isolation, Monopolization of perception, Induced Debility & Exhaustion, Threats, Occasional Indulgences, Demonstrating “Omnipotence”, Enforcing Trivial Demands and Degradation.

 

Isolation I saw even within the platoon I was a part of.  Not only were we taken to an isolated Island but the recruits were forbidden to interact the majority of the time. Human interaction was forbidden.

Monopolization of Perception became a way of life for those thirteen months in boot camp. Your perception and attention was in constant devotion to what was often trivial matters. They would be repeated over and over and constantly the message was that they were not good enough so the tasks would repeat.

Induced Debility & Exhaustion were also a daily reality. The recruits were run ragged daily. by the time you hit the rack you were out. The final task was “The Crucible” where the exhaustion was even more extreme.  The physical tasks were often used to break one down to the point where they could no longer function at full capacity.

Threats were a constant.  The threats often went hand in hand with punitive action through  getting IT’d or what they like to call “Initiative Training” or in the “pit” or on the “quarterdeck” This was the screaming of “PUSH!” “FASTER!” as one was always unable to reach the intended goal.  Often threats came in other forms. Recruits were told they would not graduate and certain dooms of being dropped and staying at Parris Island or “not becoming Marines” were some common threats.

Occasional Indulgences were rare. Often they were such small things that most would be shocked that a human being would become excited over them. This was mostly in the rare occasions recruits were aloud a “Power Bar” or a “Gatorade” for reward of a job well done. This was an uncommon reward that recruits would just about kill for.

Demonstrating “Omnipotence” The recruits knew that no action was unobserved or would go unpunished. The fear was put in each recruit to the point where any act of individuality or rebellion was not even considered. The fear of the existing power structure followed each recruit to the point where there was no question the recruits would do as they were told no matter how absurd the demands were.

Enforcing Trivial Demands was also a thing that was a constant. If it was the way one showered or how they were to sit there were trivial demands constantly made on the recruits.  The recruits were often degraded by these trivial demands.

Degradation and humiliation became a way of life. Using the restroom was just one way they used to humiliate the recruits. I still recall being forced four to one Porto-john. Three would use the main hole with the smaller one standing on the toilet itself, his genitals hanging in the other recruits faces as all urinated simultaneously and the lucky fourth recruit would get the side urinal free from his privates in another man’s face or another man’s privates in his face.

One could write a novel pointing each of those elements out on a day to day basis in “Recruit Training” but I am not going to take that much time up. I do want to look at some more elements such as those writen about by Dick Sutphen which is summarized here:

1. Isolation: the meeting or training takes place in a place where participants are cut off from the outside world. This often involves making a public commitment to stay during the training. When training takes place in isolation like this, there is usually a quick follow-up session to ensure that the technique has really taken hold.
2. Fatigue: a schedule is maintained that ensures physical and mental fatigue. This means long hours, few breaks, and very little time for relaxing or reflection.
3. Tension: techniques are used to increase tension in the group. For example, perhaps there are a few truisms thrown around that might make you feel like you are doing something wrong. Or that you are a sinner, or depressed, or generally unhappy.
4. Uncertainty: people are randomly put on the spot. Forced to withdraw into anger, fear, or awe. Revivalist churches and human-potential seminars include asking people to come on stage and talk about humiliating or weak moments in their lives. This withdrawn, fearful, state, makes you many times more susceptible to suggestions as your guard is down and you are looking for safety and reassurance in whatever form it takes.
5. Jargon: new language to talk about what’s going on. It could help label the “enemy”, whether it be ignorant people, people who aren’t yet enlightened, or evil people. Also, new language to talk about people who are “fixed”: either enlightened, saved, or healed.
6. Humorlessness: there’s no humor involved until the process is complete. The humor then serves as a way to celebrate and seal the deal.

A couple other techniques can be used in addition to help the effects become more pronounced. These three steps are called the “decognition process” as they help slow down and eventually stop thinking altogether.

1. Alertness Reduction: one part of this is to force participants to keep a poor diet: either lots of sugar, or very bland foods. Sugar throws your nervous system off. A very bland diet (usually fruits and vegetables and no dairy or meat) will make you more spacey. Another part is inadequate sleep after long hours of intense discomfort or strenuous physical activity.
2. Programmed Confusion: a deluge of new information, combined with questions, discussion groups, and one-to-one create a sense of jumbled-ness that make it easier to insert crazy ideas.
3. Thought Stopping: most of these brainwashing techniques encourage stopping your thoughts in one of three ways. All three processes can be very helpful if you are controlling the process. The only danger comes when you allow someone else who you don’t fully know the motives of to take you through these steps and slowly alter deep beliefs about yourself and the world.
1. Marching to a beat, usually at around 1 or 1.5 steps per second, is particularly useful. Both the military and Hitler used this to great effect. The beat puts you in a slightly altered state of awareness that is close to hypnosis and makes you more susceptible to suggestions.
2. Meditation is the second form of thought stopping. An hour to an hour and a half of meditation a day for several weeks is enough to keep you in a constant “slow” state that is more focused and susceptible to suggestions (both good and bad).
3. Chanting is the third form of thought stopping, and has the same general technique as marching. The beat helps put you in a slightly different state of awareness.

The reason we must continue to look at boot camp in the criticism of the system is that this is the foundation of all to come. This determines the ethics and mindset of the Marine. The mindset to belittle and minimize others is birthed from this. The new being that is formed through the brainwashing is the being that the state must have to insure it’s power. The state requires it’s killers to maintain it’s very existence and here we see how human beings are programmed to do something destructive and often counter to their nature. This is essential to maintain a system where mass murder is the justifies authority over other human beings.

I was led to believe violence, murder and aggression were honorable. They were ‘sacrifices’. The ‘good guy kills’. Honor, Courage and Commitment were synonyms for Subservient Devotion to a Power Structure, Willingness to die or kill for that State & Power Structure and commitment to this State & those who demand authority over others.

Source: www.gonzotimes.com

Feels Pretty Good to Say It

Well everyone I know you haven’t heard from me in a while but being a civilian has been everything I ever dreamed and more. Everything from owning a car and not having to worry about liberty cards or liberty buddies, seeing my family on the holidays, growing out my hair and facial hair, getting to be around WOMEN for a change, to some unexpected pleasures like the fact that I can own a gun and not leave it in an armory. Yes my friends I no longer have to hear any shit for forgetting to salute someone, or maybe that I didn’t feel like shaving. I get to cook my own meals instead of eating shit at the chow hall, and I’m not working 16 hour days 7 days a week anymore. I no longer hate the motards that used to make my life a living hell, I pity them. I hope they can wake up one day and see that their lives are pointless and turn over a new leaf. Hopefully it happens for them soon before they waste too much of their lives. As for those of you still in just know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. I made it through 5 years and got out with an honorable. It can be done. Finally Scott, thank you again so much for this website, because without it I don’t know if I could have made it. It made for a safe place to vent my frustrations that the marine corp bestowed upon me, and being the fascist organization that it is I needed this venue to do it lest I be hung at the cross by motards. So again thank you.

This website has been insanely
Therapeutic.

My name is Dan Birnstihl, and I hated the Marine Corps!
Feels pretty good to say it.

Big Fan

I was a big fan of Terminal Lance up until a few months ago, when it started to get all “main-stream” around here on Camp Lejeune. Since then, I have noticed it in my CO’s office while getting my NJP, the legal admin building where you go see JAG lawyers, and even in the fucking Marine Corps Times…. WHAT THE FUCK!? Cant we just have something for ourselves without it getting taken over and hailed by the motivators? I remember the sly slams on the establishment, the jokes, the irony, the one comic about seeing a shit load of black on a collar and frantically running through the list of E7 and up ranks in your head trying to figure out which one this asshole is…. I remember the feeling of childish glee I got when I first logged onto the site, of seeing how the common LCpl was getting his revenge by posting these comics parodying the Corps… I remember how taboo and exciting it was… the feeling that I was somehow doing something wrong by even accessing the site…..
Now every time I walk in the company office, I get to hear all the platoon SGTs and commanders discussing in great detail how whitty and cleaver the last Terminal Lance was, and how much they agree with it…

They stole our fucking fun…. plain and simple. How am I supposed to stage my own 1 man rebellion when all my inspiration is taken over by “the man”?
If I start seeing ihatetheusmc.com in the MC Times, thats it… game over, man. I will finally do my fucking MCIs because there is no hope in being a rebel around here…. Ill pick up Corporal, suck a mile of dicks, and re-enlist…. because they will have won.

– Submitted By: Garth

Punishment Outweighs the Crime

I will never forgive them for making the punishment outweigh the crime. It happened two fucking years ago, and I still pay for it this day. I will never forget the despair I felt checking in as a Lance Corporal with a goddamn Hashmark. I will never forget watching my PFC’s pick up Corporal while I was a Lance again.

Everyone always forgets. When they pick up, when it’s time to re-enlist. They forget. I know, because I forgot the things I hated and became a motivator. It happens to almost everybody (especially in POG-ass MOS communities). Getting busted down made me remember. I still haven’t forgotten after picking up again. Chances are, I’ll still remember when I pick up Sergeant. Complain now, but when you pick up or it’s time to re-enlist, I just beg you: remember the good times, remember the shitty times. Because it’s so easy to forget.

Submitted By: XCpl Mike

Finish your time and get out

All you can do is do your time and get the hell out. I totally agree with what you say. SNCO’s mostly care for themselves. Im sure once upon a time when they were junior marines they told themselves they would never treat their marines the way they were treated. Bottom line once you pick up staff your work ethics and overall knowledge of what it is to be a socially acceptable considerate supervisor drastically decreases to the point of openly embarrasing their marines and doing paperwork on them for the same shit they did once before. I am a reservist. I have deployed several times. I can tell you this. Doing your one time enlistment and getting out before you make a huge mistake and re-up is the best chance that you have at making it in the real world. Think about it. You stay in..you pick up ssgt..then gy..then all the way up the ranks you go. Then you retire. For the last decade or so your avg work day has consisted of you sitting on your ass playing on fb and talking old corps antics to the guy next to you who is most likely only listening because he thinks that by doing so he has a better chance at getting that next rank which is probably true. Then you embark on your civilian life finally..where you now must try and fathom that if you call your co-worker a fat ass or a fucking retard you will likely be terminated. Not to mention..like I said..for the past decade you have been sitting on your ass barking orders that make absolutely no sense whatsoever. Therfore when you are approached by a 24 year old boss man who ask’s you to perform a simple task you then automatically assume that you must be given respect for being a retired lazy SNCO. I could go on and on. Bottom line..get out..go to college. Then look back on your 4 or 6 years in the shittiest branch of service and go yeah I use to be a retard. But now I have a degree..I am ethically and morally strong. The end.

 

Submitted By: MrJellyBeanMan

Accessory to Murder

Today the battalion was briefed on the new reenlistment tiers. It contains: PFT, CFT, Rifle Score, Pro/Cons, MCMAP Belt, Awards, and NJPs. Anyone notice anything here? IT’S THE SAME DAMN THING AS THE CUTTING SCORE! Seriously! The same broken system of promotions that fucks perfectly qualified marines into being terminal lances, while Inbred PT studs who can’t tell the difference between a fighting hole and their asshole get promoted because their Inbred Fucktard brains figured out how to suck on a SNCOs dick to boost their Pro/Cons, is now being used to determine who gets to stay in!

Meanwhile, in Afghanistan, units are pumping money into Afghanistan’s economy to improve their quality of life (while back home our economy goes to Hell), knowing full well that this money isn’t going to the PEOPLE, we give it to the people and then the fuckin’ Taliban shows up at their door, and say “Your money or your life bitch!” and uses our money to fund their operations against us. And I know this happens because it happened on my last deployment! I saw the paper with the BATTALION COMMANDER’S SIGNATURE at the bottom confirming that this is happening! Furthermore, the unit I was with decided not to change this because, and I quote “Under the current conditions, the Taliban in the area are remaining peaceful.”

WTF OVER?! Here I am trying to do the whole “Defending freedom” bullshit and they’re over there just supplying the enemy with money so they won’t attack us, because God Forbid somebody get hurt during a combat deployment.

So in closing, FUCK YOU MARINE CORPS! The blood of every GOOD MARINE who died over there is on my hands now, because I defended you while you were busy selling out. You turned me from someone who was trying to “defend freedom” into an ACCESSORY TO MURDER.

Submitted By: NINJA_PUNCH

Screwed out of classes

So I take a class to prepare me for getting out of this horrible cult while I stay in and support my family. Well my unit is going to the field for 2months and naturally I stay back with about 20 other dudes and 5hey tell me my 4 hour class on monday through Friday prevents me from staying on duty during the week. So for the entire field op every weekend I have duty. I stay at work from 6am until 9pm during the week and now I will not be home on the weekend to see my son play his first year of football or see my family. If you are married you cannot be a good father while staying in. I tell these guys that this is Fucked up and all they say is “at least you’re not in the field”. It’s not like I’m some shitbag its just guys getting pissed about me getting out of this shithole with a plan. He knows right now I am a lcpl and in a few months I can tell him he’s a fag and I will make more than him. My kid cried. And Fuck this shitty healthcare. That’s a whole other conversation though. I see why so many guys kill themselves in the corps.

 

Submitted By: hatethis place

F M L – Every day is the same

Fuck this shit, every day the same fucking questions from the same assholes, ” So there, what do you intend to do when you get out?” Here’s the answer asshole, fucking anything, ANYTHING. Do they think I’m like them, do they think I’m afraid of the outside world, I could’ve just as easily never have joined and I would’ve been infinetely happier than I’ve been for the last goddamn couple of years of my life. Do they think I’m some idiot, I don’t want to end up like them, 35 or 40, prematurely old as fuck looking like I’m 60, bitter, hateful, resentful towards civilians and people with normal lives, divorced 2-3 times, inconsiderate, rude, thinking the world owes me something, thinking only my opinion matters cause I got X or Y rank. Fucking newsflash: You didn’t reenlist cause you’re some patriot, war hero motivator, you reenlisted cause your’re afraid of the outside world, cause if tomorrow there was no USMC and you were no longer an Officer/NCO/ SNCO you wouldn’t have the slightest fucking clue what to do with your life, your an emotional and socially inadept failure and thats why every 4 years you sell more of your life away, the average Joe might see you as some shining example but I’ve worn your uniform, walked your halls and I’ve seen you for what you are. I don’t care if getting shot at don’t faze you, you’re still a coward, you fear normal civilian life where your’e a nobody, and I hope you go out into the real world, thinking it’s perfectly normal and acceptable to knife hand people and insult them and belittle them and I hope you go up to the wrong motherfucker and you get your teeth kicked in. All of them like to say we’re grown ass men, yeah? Well we’re only grown ass men till we disagree, then we go back to being some rank, standing with feet shoulder width apart, hands behind our back in some stupid little pose while we get talked at,not to, talked at, like children. So if you’re like me, if you can agree with this, the it’s time to GTFO, the brainwashing is over. Im taking my school, the one I actually paid for with 4 years of my life, that isn’t free and isn’t being given to you like they want you to believe, and I’m getting as far away from all this as possible. As far away from rank, and as far away from the douche bags that take this little role playing game a little too seriously. By the way, keep you fucking rank.

Submitted By: F M L

Ebony Phillips

I am officially convinced that every reason that I ever decided to join the Marine Corps…is NOT what the Marine Corps is about. Maybe I just joined at the wrong time. Most Marines tell me it’s just the unit, but I’ve been to other units and something that I realize is that no matter where you go in the Marine Corps, you’re going to always have to deal with unnecessary bullshit and take the big, green weenie up the ass. All the false perceptions that it gives off, from the advertisement to the training, is all a bunch of bullshit, especially once you get to the fleet. Would I have known that this was really what I was getting into, I would not have joined because I got the girth of this as a civilian. FML and the Marine Corps. Everything that I used to enjoy I do not anymore. All individuality and most of my intelligence is gone. I had a CO tell me that false motivation is better than no motivation…No the fuck it is not. The part that sucks the most about the Marine Corps for me is the fact that I’m that one Marine that gets fucked over the most, usually through doing the tasks that are “beneath” everyone else. So sick of this shit. 4 to 5 years wasted on this bullshit. I should’ve just taken out loans for college. FML FML FML.

Submitted By: Ebony Phillips

LesterBurnham

I’ll admit that I’m a bit drunk right now, but with my divergent thoughts I think this might be the best moment to truly articulate my opinion about the USMC. I can’t lie right now, the truth is coming right out of my pores. Devil Pups, read and learn. Yesterday officially marked the last day of my 8 year contract, and I am no longer a marine in any sense of the word. I’m not even a former marine. I tell people I was in the military, and no more. Not because I didn’t serve honorably, or do well. I did both. And not because I’m particularly ashamed of the USMC. But because it doesn’t really matter all that much.
Why do you think the Marine Corps attrition rate is so high? Because we breed a nation of weak men who don’t want to serve their country? No. Because the bulk of our young men have enough sense to realize that this is not real patriotism. It’s an overhyped advertisement, and we are the poster boys for America. So they leave ASAP.
I am drunk right now. But I have yet to meet a loyal AND sober marine. Those attributes are mutually exclusive. In fact, I could arrive on any base as drunk as I am right now, and would still have the presence of mind to instantly realize that I was in the presence of a gaggle of overly pious but ineffectual fanatics. They’re all possessed with a strange sort of insanity, a singular but misguided premise that the Marine Corps Manual will conquer all. If they don’t believe this, then they’re not real marines.
The Corps, in its theoretical sense, ain’t all that bad. But in reality, it can be a bonafide nightmare. Young people: there are better ways to demonstrate your love for this country. Would I recommend joining the USMC? Perhaps. I got my GI Bill from it and made some good friends, some of whom I still talk to today. So in this sense, I think I made some progress. But in terms of analogy, you could also visit your local mental institution and make some really neat friends there as well. You just won’t get paid for it.

Submitted by: LesterBurnham

borderline_alcoholic

I have to drink most nights of the week just to cope with the depression of waking up to do the same monotonous bullshit day in and day out, then when I’m broke because after over 4 years and too many non-rec’s to count I am still a LCpl, I question my motives and try to convince myself that I should quit drinking like I do, but along comes pay day and after work I walk my happy ass to the PX and get a case of what ever suits my taste that night. I sat on guard post recently with a loaded rifle and for the 15 hours I was there I spent more time than I ever have in my life wondering what death is like. This way of life is not healthy for any level headed, rational thinking person. The only thing keeping me out of the hospital, brig, Canada, etc. is that I now have less than 6 months left. When that happened, I started smiling again some days, it’s like a bright shining light at the end of the long, dark tunnel. When I’m done with this, I’m going to go about my life as normally as possible. I’m not proud of this anymore, and I doubt I ever will be. I’ll just be happy to make it out alive.

MyBrithCertificateDoesNotSaySgt

The Good Lord has blessed me and has given me the ability to look past all the “motivation” better known as brain washing. These motards just cannot seem to get the bigger picture of things, not realizing that conforming to all the institutional bullshit is itself being brainwashed. You are brainwashed when you are compelled to run clear across a grass field to get to a Marine and yell at him because he had his hands in his pockets for a split second because he was grabbing his cellphone, you are brainwashed when you revel in the fact that you just got done chewing some poor LCpl’s ass because he didnt address you by your rank after every F*&king sentence and the list goes on but then again i’d be here all day. And they do these things…why?! Because thats how the Marine Corps is?!? What about being a man and thinking for yourself?! What about being that one individual who says,”thats f*&king stupid, we are not doing that” I catch alot of flak because i refuse to go with the flow, because i refuse to belittle my junior marines, because instead i talk to them like they are adults, because i like to cutout the useless bullshit like PT at 4am, or cammie inspections every Monday. I hear shit all the time like “you’re too nice”, “you need to act more like a Sgt”. At times i just wanna punch someone, but in the end, I’m not the idiot who can’t see past his puny little “reality” he calls the USMC. I see it all the time, Gunny’s, Major’s, Colonel’s….so self absorbed in themselves thinking that they are somebody, arrogantly with their arm’s crossed and their noses up in the air thinking to themselves that “I’m the shit”, when in reality all it would take is a punch to the face from a very very disgruntled LCpl to bring him back down to Earth and realized that he eats, sleeps, shits just like the rest of us do. It’s been a hard 7 years for me, I love my wife and child dearly and stayed in one more term so my wife could finish her degree in software engineering. I thank the Good Lord she is only a year away from finishing. I can see the glimmer of light at the end, though still a ways away, a beautiful sight none the less. For all of you still serving and hating every bit of it like me, hang in there my friends. Remember to never conform, always think for yourself, and if you are in a position to make a change, DO IT, regardless of what people think.

My USMC experience

F M L
Hey ya’ll, let me tell you a story..may I? … This is a story about Joe, average kid in Anytown, USA. You see, Joe wasn’t a perfect child, he made may mistakes, he wasn’t dumb but never cared enough to be the top of his class, skipped school alot, smoked alot of weed, but never really harmed anyone, loved his country, took pride in it and wanted to do something for it, all around a decent respectable person with defects and virtues…sound familiar? What happened to Joe? He bought into the hype, thought the Marines would give him discipline, thought in a way it would atone for his dumbass behavior, he did it, he signed the contract, and what did Joe find? Bullshit, fuck-fuck games, belittlement, insults, misery, hatred, assholes, douchebags, pricks and all the things that come with enlisting and signing 4 years of your life away.. Now Joe is rotting in a shithole in Helmand, people he knows are losing arms and legs on a daily basis, he never gets to talk to his family and when he does he can’t think of anything to say anymore, he walks around knowing that this is fucking stupid, that no matter how many people lose legs or how many die(or how many Hajji’s we kill for that matter), doesnt matter, the fact is the country he loves would be no more safer if he lost his legs or got killed in an IDF attack. And as he sits here, in Afghanistan, all he can do is count the days. If you are reading this and are thinking about enlisting, don’t, use your head, love your country, help it, but not in this gun club, do it as a civilian, be a normal human, you deserve it…

yeah this is pretty much the story of my life on the dot

– Screwthis

You know you’re a brainwashed fuck when…

You know you’re a brainwashed fuck when…

* …you think your chain of command gives a shit about you.

* …you honestly think hard work is going to get you anywhere.

* … you get nothing but high and tights

* … you take shitty work with pleasure

* … you think field days do win wars.

* … you willingly accept bullshit

* … you believe that your Sergeant is better physically and mentally than you. (I had a SSGT who couldn’t get a third class PFT and he passed it off as something that doesn’t matter.)

* … you believe anything the higher ups say.

* … you say “OORAH” and “Semper Fi” as much as you say the word “the.”

* … you wear your Service Charlies or dress blues out on leave.

* … you wear your service charlies or dress blues out on leave and you’ve been in the Marine Corps for more than 3 years.

– K

FleetMarineLife

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You know you’re a brainwashed fuck when:
a) You honestly and legitemately believe you’re right for no other reason except your rank.
b) You honestly believe everyone below your rank(or in another branch) is an idiot
c) You can’t stand the thought of a website like this that doesn’t exalt your ” beloved corps” (keep your fucking corps BTW)
d) You honestly and legitimately see nothing wrong with getting another person and yelling at them for dumb shit like where they’re hands are at, not getting their hair cut, not getting their hair cut high enough, having they’re hair a little too long, the bun on a girls head, the way someones fucking shoestrings are laced…SHOESTRINGS!!!!…
e) You take immense pleasure in reciting regs like it was the fucking holy word of god
f) You charge at someone with knifehands saying “HEY DEVILDOG!” and end your stupid little ass-chewing with some dumb moto garbage like “you think Chesty Puller would have done that”… like you actually fucking met the man…
g) It just absolutely shocks you that anyone might not want to do this for another 4 years
h) Whenever someone says they don’t want to re-enlist you say ‘OH! what a piece of shit”, You honestly and truly believe that you have the right to judge another human to be a “piece of shit”, because YOUR opinion really matters, right you brainwashed inbred fuck?!?
i) You say garbage like “The corps is getting soft”.. is that so.. then get the fuck out you fucking coward…thats right..you wont, you’re fucking nothing.. a nobody outside this insitution.. Please disgruntled ones.. add on.. how are your fucking “higher ups” proving to you how brainwashed they are on a daily basis..

– F M L

Dear SSgt

Dear SSgt,
I can only imagine how angry you must feel, I mean, to dedicate your life to such dumb bullshit and find yourself amongst men and women that wear the same uniform and yet still see through the crap. You just can’t stand that we’re not as institutionalized as you, that unlike you we all here either got out or have enough balls to get out. You however will never be anything,you will never have the balls to get out and fight it out in the real world. You say we have no pride, well we do, we dont wear it on our collar’s like you and it doesn’t depend on a billet or whatever bullshit role playing crap your’e into, even if I was a private I’d be proud to be the person I am not because of the Corps but because Im an individual that retained my identity. I don’t go around yutting and oorah’ing and I dont feel like I need to yell at people to feel important. Im a person, that does not truly NEED this institution like YOU do. Why do we choose to get out? It’s not because we’re weak and unpatriotic, its because the weight and burden we carry on us all day is not that of defending our homeland. Our burden is the fuck-fuck games, the belittlements, the insults, the dumb shit done not in the name of America, but to satisfy some assholes ego, so some prick like you can feel important, because after all, your dumbass actually feels we owe you something…we don’t, not a goddamn thing. You’re a fucking nobody without this institution, without your rank, without your billet, without this stupid little roleplaying game you take so seriously. Ask yourself where your life has gone? Between the deployments and the bullshit I can tell just how bitter you are at people like us, but maybe, just maybe, YOU should get out, see the world..now I know that you after being baby sat by Uncle Sam for so long are deathly terrified of a world outside the Corps which is why like a caged animal you strike at anything that threatens your little cage, but there is a world out there, full of hardships, trials, tribulations, joys and ultimately a more satisfying life, a life worth experiencing. So instead of bitching here at random people that don’t really give a fuck about your opinion, grow a pair, let you EAS date pass without running to the career specialist to save you from the big bad civilian world, break your little box…..and get the fuck out of the corps.

so today i get told to stop helping lcpl schmuck prepare to get his shit together

so today i get told to stop helping lcpl schmuck prepare to get his shit together prior to getting out because he was NJP’ed and is considered a piece of shit. I say well mr.SNCO just cause he was NJP’ed does not make him a bad person or Marine. the diffrence between a Marine that got NJP’ed and one that hasn’t is the one that hasn’t has not gotten caught yet. So as i just signed my 4th 6105 (pg 11) in the last year for disrespect and not following orders I feel like I really need to finish my bachelors and get the fuck out of here, basically hurry up and finish eating this apple to do you know what with the corps. I thought as an NCO I was suppose to help out and mentor junior Marines, instead i feel like I am suppose to further higher ups careers and fuck over the subordinates and take credit for their work. I refuse to secure a lcpl libo for not cleaning his room, make him stand at parade rest when he speaks to me, or any other stupid shit I didn’t want done to me. But I feel alone in this, I cannot get promoted because of this attitude I feel, they said you are not mean enough (wtf). 12 months left and I am out of this shit. Til then try not to get NJP’ed and EAS with an honorable penis discharge. – sgt fucked

A Collection

I’ve been reading all your guy’s post and all I can say is thank you. This whole time I thought I was the only one who felt this way about the corps. This is music to my fucking ears and I’m glad people are seeing through the bullshit. As far as those NCO’s & SNCO’s that are trolling on here. Fuck them, you guys know that the ones who talk the most shit are the biggest bitches. I used to call it “revenge of the nerds”. These guys were bitches and fucking squares in thier civilian life and still are, but now shit changed because they have a sense of false power

– 1stCivDiv

 

Ive been out for two years and i have always wondered if there were marines out there who felt the same way about the the dumb redneck gun club. The USMC is such a fucking joke, I feel sorry for anybody who is in it and is brainwashed. My experience in the corps was a racist, and disrespectful one. I lived in the Bay Area all my life and I never witnessed racism till I joined and is probably the reason why I turned into a shit bag. For all of you who are still in keep your head up, theres light at the end of the tunnel. I fucked over the corps by faking a mental illness and I am still recieving military benifits lmao fuck the corps!!!

– 1stCivDiv

 

Mota Mota gotta lotta Mota – Vation. – mota is weed in spanish.

– WeedMan

WOW… I did truly believe I was the only one who felt this way!

WOW… I did truly believe I was the only one who felt this way! I was an airwinger who was viciously stolen from my unit to be sent to a dumb, even more disorganized grunt unit. I have been here for a total of four months now and my FAP is a year long. I truly can’t stand to be yelled at for having trash in my trash can or for having water in my sink on wednesday any more. This has by far been the longest four months of my life. I knew grunts were a little more motto then the air wing but dear god they act as though our sacrifice means nothing. I constantly get treated like shit for no reason and can feel myself getting dumber. I have literally taken more then ten minutes just to type what I have so far. How can you end a FAP early without getting in trouble or hurting yourself?

F M L

The Marine Corps really is like a huge shit sandwich… some recruiters might tell you a little about the shit but definetely not too much. Yes, they acknowledge the shit is there, but what they do is they try to cover it up, they talk about benefits, country, school, steady paycheck, medical care, duty to something greater than yourself, all this moto, psuedo-patriotic, and at times, self-interested bullshit.. But really what they’re really doing is trying to cover up the shit , basically, if you read between the lines,  they’re saying ” Yes, I know it’s a shit sandwich, but check it out, we put some tomatoes on it, some pickles, some ranch, some onions, some bacon, a little ketchup and mustard.. it can’t taste that bad after all this awesome stuff that comes with it..” and then, you sign the contract and there you are, just eating this disgusting shit sandwich, and all the topping’s in the world can’t and won’t make this shit sandwich taste better, I’d give it all back just to be a civilian.. If you’re reading this and intend to enlist/re-enlist.. don’t, just don’t, go, live a normal life..

Every fucking day I try to find a reason to re-enlist and there is none.

Every fucking day I try to find a reason to re-enlist and there is none.  I was told that it would change once I picked up, and things would get better, it didn’t.  Now I’m 8 months away from EAS and still can’t find a reason to re-enlist.  The stupid butt-fucking garrison bullshit games that POG-ass SNCO’s play, the doubletapped duty rosters which strangely lack the names of the office clerks, the safety stand downs that tell you what drugs are undetectable and where to buy them as well as how to not get caught, Blues inspection every other week and the ball is 10 months away, being broke as fuck unless you’re married, alcohol solves many of your problems, alcohol causes many of the problems, someone beating the living bejeezus out of their wife/girlfriend in a locked double concrete-sealed bunker is YOUR fault, your SNCO finishes inspecting your immaculate room and then magically finds a half speck of lint probably from his cammies but it’s in your room so he will be back in an hour while you re-field day, all-hands formation to move five (5) folding paraty tables, pro’s and con’s are “what I like about this guy” and “what I don’t like about this guy” marks instead of proficiency and conduct marks, waking up at an hour that shouldn’t exist to run for an hour and a half in short chopped steps while constantly circling up the stragglers like lost cattle every 50 feet, planning to see your family and friends for the holidays or 96 only to get slapped with duty when you know that the ass clowns in the head shed don’t have duty or a life outside the barracks, the only half-decent females that you see are spouses or dependents that are not yet of age, shitty roommates you have to live with that try and steal your shit especially CIF, wanna-be alpha males whose voices rise in decibels with the amount of paint on the collar of those who surround them, if you don’t correct someone like a douchebag you’re not correcting them correctly… it goes on and on really.  And it really sucks to say that I can’t find a reason at all to re-enlist.

We all joined up and knew we were putting ourselves in harms way to accomplish something greater and serve our country but instead it feels more like serving time and some tiny-pricked SSgt’s beckoned call.  If Call of Duty had 26 field day levels before you got to play 1 two-minute level of carrying your rifle and shooting 1 round in the air, it would probably be more realistic and sell less. ‘Nuff said.

But to be honest, I’m proud of some of the things I’ve done and the opportunities to do it -but if my family and friends knew about the stupid shit we do in garrison on the daily they would bitch-slap the shit out of me right after disowning me.

I get my 100 points in everything minus a 22:30-ish run, shoot expert, completed all req’d PME and have some off-duty education, SQ 2, working on secret clearance to fill a staff billet, stay behind extra hours to make sure gear and briefs are prepared for the next day/mission with my Marines, and still do the counseling/mentoring BS and it’s like “hey, you’re an asset -but I’m gonna keep shitting on you because we need to see how far we can ride this out.  While Cpl Sand-in-his-fat-ass gets to skate because he yells at the juniors all the time and has them at parade rest 24/7.” —Why the fuck would anyone want to stay and re-enlist?

Is this some kind of reverse psychology selling point? Like, “I’m gonna rape you ’till you love me.”?
The only ones that I see scrambling for re-enlistment papers are brown-nosers who could be poster-boys for a health magazine but suck completely at their jobs and are ineffective at leading people because they’ve never really done their job because they were too busy doing brown-noser things and getting a proper tan, OR the fat Marine, who married a fat girl, and had fat babies.

There’s so many perks to getting out vs the shittyness of staying in and I don’t know why most of the SNCO’s say that there are so many benefits of staying in, when there are 0 benefits.

When I EAS, I plan on going to SFSU and get my degree for Physical Therapy.  Maybe I’ll work DoD side and help fix some broken buddies, maybe I’ll come back officer-side (doubt it though).

My dad served fighting the vietnamese and I joined with to kick haji around.  I’ll probably be utilizing the awesome powers of VEERP to help speed my way on to bigger and better things, but there’s a tiny part that wishes I had a reason to re-enlist.

Again, there are zero reasons.  I think in all honesty if you aren’t married and/or have kids, OR this isn’t the only job you are smart enough to do, and you re-enlist… YOU’VE HAD AN EASY FUCKING SKATE TERM and hardly ever got shafted. THE END. – PlanToGETSHITon

I am a Sgt and currently going through a MED board!

I am a Sgt and currently going through a MED board! As it stands, I have 6 herinated disc and degenerated bone disease in my spine and both hips. About a month ago, I had my Company commander ask me what can we do to help you? I mention going to wounded warriors to get the proper treatment and take care of my family and set myself up for success in school. However, my Sgt Major heard what I had asked for , and turns around in the Head Quarters hall way dropping F Bombs left and right telling me that I dont F****** Rate it because my injury was not F****** combat related. Then just the other day SgtMaj came up to me to ask me how my wife is doing and how I was doing and how the our soon to be son etc!!!!! I told him that were doing good and I am ready to move on and take care of my family and work etc….! Then Sgt Maj pauses and looks at me while I am standing there with my cane and says…”HOW ARE YOU ARE GOING TO WORK”!!! WTF I am done! I have done 8 yrs and served in Fallugah when shit was the shit! I have bent over backwards for my fellow marines and for the Corps and this the fucking shit I deserve. FUCK THE MARINE CORPS!!! And Fuck those who come on here to trying to be so Fucking Motivated and have lossed half of their brain or Common sense while joining the Corps! You can be hard and think your the Biggest Baddest Mother Fucker in the Valley! But wait untill you get out and see how Big and Bad you are! The civilian world does not give a SHIT what you did in the Marine Corps! IT ABOUT FUCKING HAVING A BRAIN!!

I always thought the Marine Corp was about Brotherhood

I always thought the Marine Corp was about Brotherhood until I realized then when I got caught for underage drinking. I had a few beers with another Marine who i just met when he got sick i helped him out , and got him back to his room, when duty realized i was underage. SgtMaj. tried to go Drill Instructor (obviously because he didn’t put out when he was a D.I.) and interrogate us asking who got the beer. I didn’t say anything, but the marine who got sick spilled everything. Not  only am I getting an NJP, I got ratted out by some bitch. Then I realized how much of a buddy fucker the Marine Corp is( at least nowadays) I understand I fucked up, but no Marine should snitch on another Marine. I hate hearing how the Marine Corp was back then. It is funny how we apparently fight for freedom, but don’t have any ourselves. I don’t Hate the Marine Corp I hate the fact that any little prick who has a little rank will use it, the fact that in the real world if some guy or girl was older than you and told you hey you are fucked up or don’t do that you can say FUCK YOU. I realized that alot of people who spend there entire time in the Corp will have a reality check when they get out.

After being out of the “corps” for over a year I still hate it.

After being out of the “corps” for over a year i still must say, i still hate and always will hate the USMC for what it has done to and for m- nothing. I dedicated 4 years to this bullsh*t that i have been imprisoned in. Going through the marine corps has been over the top rough as far asa sense of belonging and acceptance. I have felt like a completel reject and outcast the entire way through. There is no family in the marine corps or “brotherhood” bond. Every man for himself, there’s no team work there. People make it through the marine corps and fleet only because we have to its our only survival is makign it, nothing great. If you want to be gossiped about and puth through highschool all over again, be around odd characters, be sexually harassed, be publicly humiliated,physically assaulted and talked down to for 4 years straight this is it. I dont reccommend this for anyone. It has been nothi ng but unfreindly environment. Not many take a liking to this bullsh-t. I have been humiliated so so so so so many times i cant remember all the times. One time i got yelled at by some fag ssgt in the chowhall (in front of the whole chowhall) and this is just one small incident of many…do you know what this does to a persons self worth. No wonder nobody lieks any of you  just look at yourself. Didnt you know that human respect is above everything else? If you treat people like slaves that will lead to mental problems, drinking/drugs and worse. You will find that you and your spouse arent getting along because this is what this system does to people! lol it is way too hard to sit here and talk about how seriously f-d up this palce is….if you think otherwise good for you for beleiving all that was told to you the entire way through u might be a lifer or motivation for retardedness

i stole this from scott olsons i hate the marine corps site, somebody else wrote this i might add somebody asked him So what did you do the whole time in your marine corps 4 year enlistment? he responded “i slavishly obeyed the commands of a baboon”..LOL i couldnt help but post this! haha! baboons are dumbA$$es!

– freisty

My USMC experience left me fucked up my head royally, and in more ways than one!

My USMC experience left me fucked up my head royally, and in more ways than one! The Marine Corps is like a microcosm of the US at large; In other words, it is a racial and multi-cultural distopic nightmare. The core, just like the US, is loaded with narcissists, gang-banger thugs, perverts and wierdos, and many mentally-unstable people in general. The humiliation by others can really wreck your spirit and self-confidence over time, if you let it. OH! Another important similarty shared between life in the US and life in the USMC is that overwhelming number of single, horny, and desperate men as compared to the low ratio of women. In a way, the marine corps prepared me for the worst that life in the US has had to offer me; now not only do I hate the USMC, but I actually hate the US now too!

I am tired of the racial disharmony, and anti-white gentile attitude that this country has taken on in recent years. I first noticed this double standard against white men when I was physically abused by black NCO superiors in the core. Fuck that shit! Using the chain of command sucks too. I think that I first learned to hate non-whites from my negative experiences with them while in there; hispanics bitching about racist whites; blacks beating on whites, and with impunity. There is a racial double standard, just like in America, where non-whites are allowed to bully whites to a degree, and without any consequences. Yet whites are treated like dirt, unless they kiss ass with the upper rank, and are totally PC and portrey themeselves as leading near perfect lives. All of the political correctness, and fighting for kike wars in the middle east is just fucking insane! The USMC has no real honor left because the imperialist empire of the US no longer has any honor. Marines are mercenaries, plain and simple.

To be fair, I should mention that I meet many amazing and wonderful people as well in the Corps, just as in the US, despite what seems like an overwhelming majority of sociopaths. I have zero sense of community in the US, and I am tired of it! WTF was I so loyal to a country that is run by jewish criminal gansters and fraudelent christian zionists? I want to leave this socialist, racist nightmare of a nation…

ATTENTION WHITE AMERICAN MALES: DO NOT BOTHER ENTERING THE CURRENT U.S. MARINE CORPS UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. YOU WILL BE USED AS CANNON FODDER ON THE FRONT LINES WHILE FIGHTING INSANE WARS FOR ZIONIST PIG KIKES AND ISRAEL, MEANWHILE, AS BLACK AND HISPANIC FORMER DRUG DEALERS WILL BE ENLISTED IN SERVICE/SUPPORT MOS’S, GANG-BANGING ALL OF THE WHITE WM’S BACK AT THE CAMP/BARRACKS WHILE YOU’RE FIGHTING AND DYING. NOT TO MENTION HOW ALL OF THE THUG CRIMINALS GANG-BANGING YOUR WHITE GIRLFRIEND/WIFE THAT YOU LEFT BACK AT HOME.

I feel like all my potential has been wasted.

I feel like all my potential has been wasted.  I cannot put into words how much I truly regret joining the Marine Corps.  A college education has never seemed to sweet and dear to me.  Yet, my TA form got denied until I prove myself by passing my first class.  Educational opportunities my ass!  Shit’s supposed to be free BECAUSE I FUCKING ENLISTED NOT BECAUSE SOME OFFICER DECIDES I DESERVE IT!

The worst part about the Corps is that people at home are so proud of you, which means that you can never, ever, tell them the truth about it.  Even if you could, people simply cannot understand without being here themselves.

I feel like the Marine Corps was meant to be better than this.  I feel like it’s a punishment for young men who are immature, and arrogant.  The ones who learn their lesson get out and make something of themselves while the ones who don’t learn either stay in and never learn how to not be a douche bag or get out and suck at life.

Honestly, I’d happily die today or have Mayans rip my heart out and sacrifice me to their sun god if it meant not waking up tomorrow and being in the United States Marine Corps.

– Kyle_bagget3000

The Perfect Scapegoat

To Semper Huh and ExMotard, I and most likely many others appreciate your candor. I’ve been out for four years now, and still remember my “epiphany.” I realized after about the two-year mark that greatness comes from within and the Corps, quite simply, was a monstrous impediment to my social, mental, emotional, and intellectual health. While this may seem melodramatic, consider the alternative: relying on another person or institution to extract virtues that already exist isn’t always successful.

Don’t get me wrong- tutoring, mentoring, and instruction are great things. But the institutional logic that exists within the Corps reinforces the identity of the Marine without truly making him better. Unless you were some kind of social reject, orphan, or juvenile delinquent, the Corps can’t offer much with regard to basic life skills. The training is rudimentary, while the drudgery of what I call the “existential upkeep” that Marines are expected to do is just too much for a normal, well-adjusted person to accept. I also noticed that the reason the USMC fosters such a zealous atmosphere is because its morale hangs by a thread on a daily basis. Incessant talks about motivation aren’t necessary if a unit is already motivated. It’s also important to note that Marine officers live very different lives from the enlisted. I would venture to say that the observations made on this site would come as quite a surprise to officers. I don’t blame officers for feeling this way, and I’m sure most of the hostility enlisted Marines have for them stems from plain, good old-fashioned envy. Hate them all you want, but officers were smart enough not to enlist. They get better pay, more freedom, and have more resources and training invested into them.

Now for the good news. I used to be a bit embarrassed to say I was a Marine, and it’s not because I failed at it. If anything, it failed me. I did a 4 year contract, served a year in Iraq, earned my Bachelors while I was in, and honorably discharged as a Sgt.  But I am fairly nonchalant about my service. It’s really no big deal because civilians work hard every day and don’t expect to be adored just for wiping their asses. And now that I’m out, I wouldn’t discourage someone from joining as long as they understood that they themselves are responsible for their own contract, conduct and decisions. If they know there is NOTHING in the world they can do to change the madness, they may come out of it okay. I’m still reaping the VA and GI Bill benefits, so it was a good decision for me. But I have serious doubts about the mental stability, moral grounding and competence of enlisted lifers. They aren’t bad people. They’re just a product of their environment.

Most Marines are basically “tourists”. They stroll around base for 3 1/2 years just to get a feel for the military culture. So I recommend that if you join the Corps, you do so within the context of a bizarre sociological experiment. I entered boot camp with a very serious and solemn tone because I really wanted to improve myself and excel. But I left the front gates at Lejeune laughing my ass off because everything I did in the Corps I could have done on my own. Tourists have the luxury of grabbing the proverbial bag of popcorn and just watching the show. I didn’t do that, unfortunately. I believed that the Corps would eventually deliver on its pledge to cultivating me into a better person. It never did. I recommend young people to just mind their own business and do their time if they’re a tourist. Employers don’t care that I was a Sgt, so I could’ve remained a LCPL and had a much better time. While I still ridiculed my superiors and mocked them, there was always this lingering responsibility I had that never went away. I think what drives Marines to promote in their first contract is vanity. No one remembers my name from 4 years ago and no one cares.

In other words, I was bought cheap.  LCPL is the best enlisted rank that offers the least amount of effort for the most return. You get to laugh at the debacles, poor leadership and stupidity, and if something goes wrong it’s not your fault. The second-best rank is SGT. Being a Corporal kind of blows.

A lot of people join the Corps for the bragging rights, which I think is just selling out to its undeserved reputation. So they leave the Corps with greater confidence and conveniently “forget” that they’re leaving because it’s overrated. If it wasn’t, they would still be Marines. Plus, that EGA tattoo isn’t coming off for a while, so they might as well just shine it on. But the lifers are dead serious about their profession, or at least they should be if they want to keep their careers. I’ve found that an enlisted lifer working on his career is like a toddler playing with his toys; both take their respective activities very seriously and believe that what they’re doing at that moment is the most important thing in the world. Take away his toys (or for the Marine, threaten his career or credibility), and all hell breaks loose. But at the end of the day, not a lot is accomplished. And then they get up the next day and do it all over again. They don’t see the futility of it all, but it gives them something to do and have been made to believe they are important. While I’ve heard tons of people talk about how awful the life of LCPLs and below are, I believe that enlisted lifers are the most miserable and disillusioned bastards in the USMC. Those who aren’t discouraged are blissfully ignorant. They believed with every beat of their hearts that one day they would be able to rise above the turmoil and struggle of the Corps, but it’s an anti-climactic “victory.” Every job has a changeover in bullshit with regard to promotions; but the USMC’s bullshit is epically infuriating for a sane individual.  Even if they promote to E9, lifers spend over 15 years getting to it just so they can drive a desk and watch LCPLs clean out their trash. I believe that it’s not worth it. There is no light at the end of the tunnel until you EAS.  I do believe in worthy careers, though- I’m pursuing mine. So the point is not that we should all just give up and live in some kind of fatalistic world where nothing has any purpose. Quite the contrary. It’s that we need to determine what we’ll get out of an organization before throwing ourselves into it.

Some may argue that I’m just being hateful. It’s not that at all. It’s that once a lifer retires, he has little or no career prospects. His legacy is being a Marine, and little else. While there are exceptions to this, enlisted retirees are generally relegated to working for the electric company, driving a taxi, pool cleaning company or short order cook. Tell me, why would I want to do this?  Their best years are behind them. It’s kind of like a protracted reign similar to the glory days of high school. And once it’s over, he’s discarded into the private sector. Most don’t have a college degree, and many are shuffled around to shops different from their MOS. Enlisted lifers are usually glorified supervisors who have lost their job skills. I’m just being truthful. A handful become GS workers and are able to make gobs of money, but there are only so many slots available. To put it mildly, enlisted lifers got on the wrong career track and are stuck with having to watch officers move on to achieve bigger and better things. That’s just the way it is.

I don’t think all enlisted lifers are lazy. I think they’re burdened with an SOP that has been 2 steps forward and 1 step back for too long, and it’s designed that way to keep the animals occupied. In Iraq, my unit was a MACHINE. Nearly everything went smoothly, and when obstacles appeared, they disappeared with innovation and teamwork because there was a real mission at stake. But the very moment I stepped back on CONUS soil, the silly and infuriating games began. You can only imagine my anger. It was like, “Shit, I’m back. I could’ve just remained on deployment for the rest of my contract.” So I got off the USMC treadmill because an inefficient template for policy, regulations and the overall mission results in protracted success (if any at all). It was just more of the same, regardless of the unit.

The bulk of tourists EAS because they know there is something fundamentally wrong with it. The word I used in the first paragraph is “normal,” and I used that term deliberately. If even half of the enlisted lifers I saw were in their right minds, that would be a very generous concession. But to remain and embrace such a dysfunctional environment requires a bit of insanity and/or desperation. And I’m not talking about the “Ha ha, Marines are so zany and wild with their silly and fun antics.” Instead, I saw serious indications of obsessive compulsives, narcissists, manic depressives and co-dependents. Don’t forget the sadists. Their environment is driving them insane. There is no way on this planet that the Marine Corps environment can pass as “normal.”

I realize that many a motivator might want to respond to this last assertion by defending the chaos of the Marine Corps as a prerequisite for sound training and mental preparation in combat. That’s a very creative rationale, but I call bullshit on it: smelly, sanctimonious, and self-deluding bullshit. On paper, Marines ply their trade and hone their craft with training, but that doesn’t happen in reality. Instead, it is the image of the Marine Corps that is
polished and maintained for the public to observe, and that requires time-consuming formalities that ultimately precludes additional mission-oriented training. The result is that every Marine that goes home for leave is a walking advertisement for the USMC, and each one that discharges is expected to live by the pledge of “Once a Marine, Always a Marine.” Allow me to call that last adage what for it is: a cheap form of guilt inducement designed to keep you from criticizing the Corps. What other military organization focuses its theme on permanent (though unofficial) membership? None that I can think of.

SNCOs aren’t entirely stupid. They know who is going to stick around and who isn’t, and they give preferential treatment to the motivators (even if their performance is woefully lacking). The moment they discover you’re getting out, you’ve been blacklisted. The only thing that virtually  guarantees that you’ll be taken care of in the USMC is whether or not you’re “in.” “Are you in, or are you out? That is the million dollar question. Are you going to make a career out of this, or not? If so, then welcome to the brotherhood. If you get a DUI, we’ll do our best to suppress it because we don’t want to ruin your career. But if you’re not in, well you can just bugger off and die (but not until we freeze your pay and demote you). Semper Fi, Devil Dog. Semper Fi.”

Thank you for reading, I know it was lengthy.

I’m just going to say this joining the marine corps was one of the stupidest mistakes I ever made.

I’m just going to say this joining the marine corps was one of the stupidest mistakes I ever made. I enlisted as an 3531 Transpo in 2006. I was doing pretty good, made some friends, hell i even made lcpl ahead of schedule. then comes my deployment. another battalion was short some marines so i was transferred to a new battalion with a bunch of marines i did not know. keep in mind 3531 is not a “combat” mos so you do have to deal with female “superiors.” i transferred in and assigned to the motor pool requisition platoon. this ghetto taco bending ho from the bronx or some shit was my sqd ldr. now im a smoker, so whenever i got done with work me and my buddies would go for a smoke. This slut was always getting into our shit because she was a cpl and me my buddies were lcpls and below. she would bitch and moan about how we shouldn’t smoke in the motor pool and for the most part we brushed her off. (she was one of only three females in the plt.) the funniest thing though was when one of the female marines which was ok by our standards walked up to us and said she saw our sqd. ldr having sex with the motor pool sergeant on more than one occaision. we laughed our asses off. our sqd ldr. next day had me and 3 other marines njp’ed “for all of you that dont know what that means it means shit duty for supposedly leaving some doors unlocked at night. ps were on a heavily guarded base and our gunny was the one who unlocked them . fortunately the deployment went on without incident except for the bitch making sergeant “go figure” by then i was on my way out of the latrine corps. currently im no longer in this sick fraternity and im going to college ‘at least something good came out of it” and taking rotc hopefully where i can earn a commission in the united states army and never again have to serve along side the marines of 2nd Bat. 5th “marines” And for all you kids believing those semper lies from the recruiters or the video games or any of that shit heres a bit of info the marines are full of idiots just like you so dont worry you should be able to fit in. just don’t get scared when you have to suck a cock or two to get forward in the marines cpl. disinfranchised usmc 2006-2010

Paying Off the Taliban

Let me say first off that I took no pleasure in writing this; I actually spent in excess of 12 hours writing this because I couldn’t look at what I’d written without getting mad and having to leave.  I hate remembering this day, and sometimes I wish I could forget it.  But these events are what taught me the truth about the Marine Corps, and this truth must be known.

I spent May – Dec of 2010 in that lovely part of the world otherwise known as Afghanistan.  During my time there I spent a considerable portion of it on the Headquarters Co. Guard Force, a less-than desirable duty, but such is life.  One of the duties of the Guard was to post security to the security on a small Hesco “Schoolhouse” at the south end of the base, for the weekly “Shura” meetings.   During these meetings local Afghanis would meet with the company clerks, and would be hired to dig wells, fill sand bags, pick up trash around the outside of the base, and whatever other mundane tasks they could think of to shovel cash into the Afghani economy.  Once the tasks had been fulfilled, the Afghanis would return to the next Shura to receive their payment.

At any rate, I was on post one day in mid-July, when a member of my section approached me, and told me that there was a document being circulated around the base saying that we were paying the Taliban.  Naturally I was waiting for the punch line to some ridiculous joke, but my comrade didn’t smile.  He continued to tell me that this document – which was written and signed by the Battalion Commander, and hidden behind a Secret security clearance – said that it had come to the attention of the Battalion Commander that after the weekly Shura meetings, the Taliban would arrive at the door of the locals we had hired, threaten their lives and the lives of their families for working with the Americans, and then the Taliban would take the money we had paid the locals as payment for allowing the locals to live.

At first I was doubtful, as I’m sure most anyone would be upon hearing such news. It didn’t sound like the “Honor Courage Commitment” mantra that the Corps had taken every opportunity to drill into my head since boot camp; but I could see the seriousness in his voice.  I didn’t want to believe him, but I was plagued by the thought that “he might be right”.

Two days later I was tasked to help clean the company office tent after hours.  During the course of cleaning I noticed that 1st Sgt’s desk had papers scattered all over it, and I went to tidy it up.  And there it was: Secret Security clearance, Battalion Commander’s name and signature at the bottom, sitting right on the 1st Sgt’s desk.  As I read it I realized that I hadn’t been lied to.  I wish I could remember it verbatim, but the letter described the Shura meetings for those who weren’t familiar with them; then continued describing how our Afghani employees were being relieved of their earnings by the Taliban under pain of death, and then the letter said the one line I will never forget, it said that there would be no changes in policy made and no action taken because “Under the current conditions, the Taliban in the area are remaining peaceful.”

As I read that, any faith I may have had in the Marine Corps was lost.  I couldn’t believe what my eyes were seeing.  To paraphrase “We’re not going to stop holding these Shura meetings, because if we stop indirectly funding the Taliban they might get upset!”  Wouldn’t that just be horrible, if the people we are supposed to be killing were to get upset?  I don’t know how I would sleep at night knowing that the Taliban was mad at me!

But let’s go ahead and take this a step farther: what do you suppose the Taliban would be buying with all of our money?  I would say guns, bullets and explosives are probably on the shopping list somewhere.  Now who do you suppose those guns, bullets and explosives are being used against?  U.S. Service members maybe?  So we have the Marines serving the Marine Corps, the Marine Corps paying the Taliban, and the Taliban killing the Marines.  That makes the Marine Corps effectively the legitimate face of a terrorist organization, and every Marine, myself included, is an accessory to murder.  Knowing that, is there anyone out there who could look me in the eye and tell me that the military is a noble profession?  Anyone at all?

When I finished reading, I put the papers away and left without a word.  To this day my only regret is that I didn’t take that paper with me.  Without that document I have no evidence, and anyone who reads this can call me a liar, and I can do nothing to refute their claim.  But I hope – despite the fact that emotion doesn’t show well through written words – that the sincerity of my words rings through, so that you may know as I do, the truth about the U.S. Marine Corps.

My story is now told. There is nothing more that I can do.

Bless me Father, for I am sin; as are all who wear the uniform of a Marine.

 

Safety and Peace

NINJA_PUNCH

U.S. Marine Corps an Orgy Palace of Stoned, Drunk, Horny Teens

By Matt Smith (SFweekly.com)

While doomsayers bemoan America’s ongoing war in Afghanistan, researchers at the University of California at San Francisco Medical Center may have turned up a brilliant silver lining.

Thanks to desperate recruiting methods required to staff those wars, the U.S. Marines may be turning military service into a male sexual fantasy land, where recruits are paid actual money to cohabitate with drunk, stoned, horny teenage girls.

UCSF scientists tested and surveyed 2,157 female U.S. Marine recruits — out of 2,288 possible respondents — with an average age of 19. Researchers found that the young women  were more than twice as likely as non-military young women to be infected with venereal diseases. And the recruits were prone to engage in behaviors likely to get them sick again.

The sexually-precocious female recruits “perceived that sex is more likely and enjoyable under the influence of alcohol, and were heavy alcohol and drug users before recruit training entry,” according to a November 2008 UCSF study titled “Relationships among Sociodemographic Markers, Behavioral Risk, and sexually transmitted infections in U.S. Female Marine Corps Recruits.”


In 2005 a Colorado high school journalist named David McSwane showed that military recruiters were willing to help him cheat drug tests and falsify academic records so he could qualify to join the military. Stories since then have suggested the armed forces have become even more desperate, venturing far and wide for recruits willing to enter dangerous battle zones in Iraq and Afghanistan. Apparently, that means finding and signing up girls with low self esteem.

The Marines seemed to find their most sexually adventurous female recruits in rural areas, where a disproportionate number of them whiled away their high school years having drunken, stoned, unprotected sex, according to the UCSF report.

“Young women enter recruit training for the military with high levels of STIs [sexually transmitted infections] and increased risk for acquisition of STIs including sex under the influence of alcohol or drugs, sex with a risky partner, and infrequent condom use,” the UCSF study said.

This is great news for randy young men weighing a career in the Marines — as long as they’re fastidious about wearing rubbers.

source SFweekly

1st Sgt of Marines Leads Marines by Sleeping on Combat Patrol

first sergeant bernard jackson, sergeant major bernard jackson

1st Sgt of Marines, Bernard Jackson Leading his marines by sleeping on a combat patrol. Bravo Battery 1/11 – Iraq – 2007

In March 2006, Sergeant Major Jackson reported to 1st Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, where he was assigned as the Bravo Battery First Sergeant. While assigned to Bravo Battery, Sergeant Major Jackson served in combat operations with 3d Battalion, 1st Marines, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) in Operation Iraqi Freedom 6-8.

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http://www.imef.marines.mil/Leaders/Article/535485/sergeant-major-jackson/ 

Marine Doesnt Take Shit From SNCO

The way this guy getting yelled at conducts himself is pretty funny.

I have highlighted some of my favorite comments from this video from youtube. You can tell who are the retard motivators, and who are the guys who are down to earth.

That Marine getting his ass chewed shouldh’ve locked his body and took the original ass chewing. Thats the way of the Corps for those of you who don’t understand it is an autocratic leadership style. I loved seeing ass chewing like this and had plenty happen to me for no reason as well. Get Some! I love this shit!
MillerRobby

and then NJP his ass. Fuck em and feed em beans!
blackamericanman

WHAT THE FUCK IS THE MARINE CORPS COMING TO? WHEN I WAS A TROOP I WOULDN’T DARE TALK BACK TO MY SUPERIORS, THESE TROOPS NOW A DAYS ARE GETTING WAY TO FUCKING CONFIDENT AND FULL OF THEMSELVES, LET A MOTHERFUCKING JUNIOR DEVIL DOG TALK BACK TO ME LIKE THAT AND HE WILL FIND HIMSELF AS A PRIVATE THE VERY NEXT DAY!!!
195WTF

hes in legal plt. these are basically the turds of the Marine Corp. The ones that popped on a drug test ect. so they are about to be discharged anyway. Any real Marine knows even when your right youre still wrong. So stand and at parade rest shut your mouth and listen to whatever your superior is saying. This kid clearly has no respect for the Marine Corp.
billyouknow

Yeah, yeah. Everyone’s a tough guy once they put on the kill suit. You have an over the top black NCO (presumably) and some fat-ass other wing man basically doing nothing but yelling at a Marine for what? It could have been a penis length contest, who knows.
BrownLabRanch

And they wonder why there are high numbers of suicides in the Army and Marines…it’s because they discipline by cussing and yelling instead of simply addressing the issue professionally
jusitke07

hes lucky he didnt get his ass beat dont raise ur arms to ur CO just shut up and take it.
gtojoe04

oh yes she S*** bags. this is prolly the funniest ass chewing i’ve seen. in my old command there was a sgt. and im not gonna say who, forceful pins people against the walls. sometimes hits them….then agiain he’s kinda bi-polar. and retired now
Linebacker4407

I dont know who these Marines are but for all those wondering what happened, my guess, and any soldier can probably back me up, the junior Marines probably did something that got an NCO’s ass Chewed. And we all no shit rolls down hill.
mrandall101010

i find it interesting that the guy is getting chewed out so, the black guy is a higher rank right? after all hes doing the chewing. so why isnt the other guy at parade rest or position of attention?
bonfu1

I was a Corpsman, I was a Navy boy and I didn’t take this kind of abuse, if it came down to screaming “shut the fuck up” in my face, then it was either time to walk away or throw down. Angry Marines spent a lot of time screaming at my back. Nothing makes a Marine more angry then letting him know his swagger in uniform aint shit to me.
lolomgwtfpwnt

yeah, there’s a simpler term to that. its called “Building Character”.
Halolgendary

And that’s the very definition of brainwashing
chaoseffect999

What a lot of you don’t understand is that this is all necessary. How can you expect someone to go into war if they can’t handle extreme situations. They WILL push you to your limit in every way because if one day they are put in the situation with an enemy they will handle it better. If they don’t teach him to shut up now, then what would happen if he gets captured while deployed? He’ll lose any chance of survival if he acts like that….
Carolinear1

Some turds just don’t understand, if you bite your tongue and only say yes, no or aye aye, there is no ass chewing… And if there is a need for an ass chewing, best way to keep it short is using the simple answers… Yes, No and Aye aye… The ones talking back are just asking to get jumped by other nco’s, and god knows how long it’ll last if a snco gets involved…
beirut1papa

 

The 13 Days of Marine Corps Christmas

With the holidays coming up, we wanted to get into the holiday spirit. So we decided to post up a very Christmasy post. Enjoy!

The 13 Days of Marine Corps Christmas (Sang to the tune of “The 12 Days of Christmas”)

On the First Day of Christmas the Marine Corps Gave to me: A Chance To Witness an NJP!

On the Second Day of Christmas the Marine Corps Gave to me: 2 Bitchy Roommates, and A Chance To Witness an NJP!

On the Third Day of Christmas the Marine Corps Gave to me: 3 Drill Instructors, 2 Bitchy Roommates, and A Chance To Witness an NJP!

On the Fourth Day of Christmas the Marine Corps Gave to me: 4 Page 11s, 3 Drill Instructors, 2 Bitchy Roommates, and A Chance To Witness an NJP!

On the Fifth Day of Christmas the Marine Corps Gave to me: 5 6105s, 4 Page 11s, 3 Drill Instructors, 2 Bitchy Roommates, and A Chance To Witness an NJP!

On the Sixth Day of Christmas the Marine Corps Gave to me: 6 Counseling Sheets, 5 6105s, 4 Page 11s, 3 Drill Instructors, 2 Bitchy Roommates, and A Chance To Witness an NJP!

On the Seventh Day of Christmas the Marine Corps Gave to me: 7 MCIs, 6 Counseling Sheets, 5 6105s, 4 Page 11s, 3 Drill Instructors, 2 Bitchy Roommates, and A Chance To Witness an NJP!

On the Eighth Day of Christmas the Marine Corps Gave to me: 8 Uniform Inspections, 7 MCIs, 6 Counseling Sheets, 5 6105s, 4 Page 11s, 3 Drill Instructors, 2 Bitchy Roommates, and A Chance To Witness an NJP!

On the Ninth Day of Christmas the Marine Corps Gave to me: 9 Safety Briefs, 8 Uniform Inspections, 7 MCIs, 6 Counseling Sheets, 5 6105s, 4 Page 11s, 3 Drill Instructors, 2 Bitchy Roommates, and A Chance To Witness an NJP!

On the Tenth Day of Christmas the Marine Corps Gave to me: 10 Field Day Formations, 9 Safety Briefs, 8 Uniform Inspections, 7 MCIs, 6 Counseling Sheets, 5 6105s, 4 Page 11s, 3 Drill Instructors, 2 Bitchy Roommates, and A Chance To Witness an NJP!

On the Eleventh Day of Christmas the Marine Corps Gave to me: 11 days UA, 10 Field Day Formations, 9 Safety Briefs, 8 Uniform Inspections, 7 MCIs, 6 Counseling Sheets, 5 6105s, 4 Page 11s, 3 Drill Instructors, 2 Bitchy Roommates, and A Chance To Witness an NJP!

On the Twelth Day of Christmas the Marine Corps Gave to me: 12 Ass Chewings, 11 days UA, 10 Field Day Formations, 9 Safety Briefs, 8 Uniform Inspections, 7 MCIs, 6 Counseling Sheets, 5 6105s, 4 Page 11s, 3 Drill Instructors, 2 Bitchy Roommates, and A Chance To Witness an NJP!

On the Thirteenth Day of Christmas the Marine Corps Gave to me: 13 Weeks Restriction, 12 Ass Chewings, 11 days UA, 10 Field Day Formations, 9 Safety Briefs, 8 Uniform Inspections, 7 MCIs, 6 Counseling Sheets, 5 6105s, 4 Page 11s, 3 Drill Instructors, 2 Bitchy Roommates, and A Chance To Witness an NJP!

Submitted by NINJA_PUNCH

Oakland Police Critically Injure Iraq Vet – Update! – Scott Olsen’s Condition Improving

Late Tuesday night, Scott Olsen, a former Marine, two-time Iraq war veteran, and member of Iraq Veterans Against the War, sustained a skull fracture after being shot in the head with a police projectile while peacefully participating in an Occupy Oakland march. The march began at a downtown library and headed towards City Hall in an effort to reclaim a site—recently cleared by police—that had previously served as an encampment for members of the 99% movement.

Scott joined the Marines in 2006, served two-tours in Iraq, and was discharged in 2010…

Late Tuesday night, Scott Olsen, a former Marine, two-time Iraq war veteran, and member of Iraq Veterans Against the War, sustained a skull fracture after being shot in the head with a police projectile while peacefully participating in an Occupy Oakland march.  The march began at a downtown library and headed towards City Hall in an effort to reclaim a site—recently cleared by police—that had previously served as an encampment for members of the 99% movement.

Scott joined the Marines in 2006, served two-tours in Iraq, and was discharged in 2010.  Scott moved to California from Wisconsin and currently works as a systems network administrator in Daly, California.

Scott is one of an increasing number of war veterans who are participating in America’s growing Occupy movement. Said Keith Shannon, who deployed with Scott to Iraq, “Scott was marching with the 99% because he felt corporations and banks had too much control over our government, and that they weren’t being held accountable for their role in the economic downturn, which caused so many people to lose their jobs and their homes.”

Scott is currently sedated at a local hospital awaiting examination by a neurosurgeon.  Iraq Veterans Against the Wars sends their deepest condolences to Scott, his family, and his friends.  IVAW also sends their thanks to the brave folks who risked bodily harm to provide care to Scott immediately following the incident.

UPDATE:  — New video posted to YouTube suggests that Olsen was hit at close range with a tear-gas canister. After demonstrators rush to Olsen’s aid, an Oakland cop waits a few beats before lobbing a second explosive device at the crowd. They are attending to Olsen when the canister explodes, sending smoke everywhere.

UPDATE: — Scott is awake and was very happy to see his family! He can write but has trouble speaking and understanding speech. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that doctors are optimistic he could make a full recovery.

Marine Recruiters Lie – Caught on Video

Where is the “honor” in deceiving a fellow human being into signing 4 years of his/her life away to a lie? Shouldn’t recruiters be more truthful?

Here is another example with a different twist. Also the Army.

Awesome Vet’s Message to a Master Guns

This was written by K (Owner of www.FleetMarineLife.com) in response to a post a Master Guns wrote trolling on my website.  Thanks K.

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MGuns, I just want to say that I will never ever re-enlist in the Marine Corps even if my life depended on it. The Marine Corps is the most inefficient, disorganized, unnecessary, bureaucratic organization run by a bunch of self-serving, arrogant, masochist, egotistical, hypocritical, retarded, ignorant, racist, power-hungry fascist assholes such as yourself. As a free man, I wake up everyday knowing that I’m not oppressed by someone who is so insecure about themselves that they have a need to fill some sick masochist urge to belittle, insult, degrade and even dehumanize those that they were sworn to serve. As a Staff NCO, you should know better than to use your own junior Marines purely for your own self gratification.

Now, you are here on a website created by the hatred of a former Marine who was used, abused and misused. His hatred and disgust of the current state of the Marine Corps was so deep and so vast that he was compelled to create a website venting his anger toward the organization which he once admired so much that he would give his life for it.

Now, you are here insulting us and calling us “whiners” and “pussies.” To be honest, you’re probably one of those Staff NCOs that don’t know what he’s doing. The kind that has never deployed but instead would rather work the system so that he’s in the rear doing the easy shit, out of harm’s way and in the comfort of the amenities of America. The kind that would yell at his juniors when asked a simple question for fear of revealing to them that he is incompetent. The kind that would put himself and his buddies first than his junior Marines. The kind that would punish his junior Marines because a good job wasn’t a good job because you didn’t get an award. The kind that would hold down good Marines just because you felt like it. The kind that would sleep with his junior Marines just because you could. The kind that would bow down to the insane orders of his superiors. The kind that would keep doing the wrong thing over and over again with the belief that you’re right. The kind who runs a “paper” PFT because passing a PFT is beyond one’s grasp. The kind who is overweight yet feels that he is in the right to correct other fat Marines.

Your “dedication of the mission” probably consists of you sitting on your ass all day, watching television in your office, going on youtube while you bark out nonsensical orders. You’re the kind of Staff NCO that would work his men like slaves so that you can chase some stupid medal to advance your career. Your men do all the work and you get all the credit.

You’re the kind of Staff NCO that would rather spend his time insulting us former disgruntled Marines, that you have helped to create, than to actually fix the problems that create disgruntled Marines. I bet this is one of the many ways you get your “masochist fix.” I bet after you retire, you’ll linger around the local PX to yell at current Marines. You won’t know anything outside of the Marine Corps because you’ll be too old and too stupid to know anything else.

Your men probably don’t respect you. Most likely, they secretly hate you but you are so full of yourself that you would believe that your Marines are “in awe” of you. If you were dying, they would unanimously agree to leave you to die and then tell the higher ups that there was nothing anyone can do.

If I was in the Marine Corps for another term, I probably wouldn’t be able to take it. All the injustices, all the immorality, all the selfishness, all the backstabbing, all the stupidity, all the inefficiency, all the arrogance, the list goes on and on. I told myself that I don’t need to take all this suffering. I can do better than this and with that idea, I got out honorably. For those still in the Marine Corps and want to get out, my hat goes off to you. It’s a hard journey but the light at the end of the tunnel is there and it is called the Post 9/11 GI Bill. You just have to walk toward it one day at a time.

I want you to know that I am glad that I am no longer part of this disorganization. The day I held my DD214, my eyes watered up. I knew that I was now a free man. Free to speak, free from stupid rules, free from oppression, free to be, free free FREE!!! So free that I can finally say what has always been on my mind… FUCK YOU MASTER GUNS!

FY12 VOLUNTARY ENLISTED EARLY RELEASE PROGRAM (VEERP)

For those of you who want out early…

source: marines.mil

R 202138Z MAY 11
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REF (C) IS PERSONNEL ADMIN ADVISORY (PAA) 06-06 REF (D) IS ONLINE MCTFSPRIUM.
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GENTEXT/REMARKS/1. PURPOSE. THE FY12 VOLUNTEER ENLISTED EARLY RELEASE PROGRAM (VEERP) IS A COST SAVINGS INITIATIVE THAT WILL PERMIT SHAPING AND SUSTAINING THE 202K FORCE WITHIN THE CONSTRAINTS OF THE APPROVED FY12 BUDGET. THIS MESSAGE SERVES TO ESTABLISH THE AUTHORITY, ELIGIBILITY, AND PROCEDURE FOR THE VOLUNTARY EARLY RELEASE OF ACTIVE DUTY ENLISTED MARINES WHOSE TERM OF SERVICE WILL EXPIRE DURING FY12. THE POPULATION ELIGIBLE FOR THE FY12 VEERP EXCEEDS 37,000 MARINES.
2. BACKGROUND. REF A PROVIDES THE AUTHORITY FROM THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY TO ESTABLISH A VOLUNTARY ENLISTED EARLY RELEASE PROGRAM FOR FY12 AND FY13. REF B ANNOUNCED THE FY11 VEERP, WHICH HAS BEEN IN EFFECT SINCE 2 OCTOBER 2010 AND WILL CONCLUDE ON 30 SEPTEMBER 2011. THE FY12 VEERP WILL COMMENCE 1 OCTOBER 2011 AND WILL EXPIRE ON 30 SEPTEMBER 2012. MARINES APPROVED FOR THIS PROGRAM MAY SEPARATE NO MORE THAN 90 DAYS PRIOR TO THEIR CURRENT FY12 EXPIRATION OF ACTIVE SERVICE (EAS). FY12 VEERP WILL AUTHORIZE FY12 MARINES TO CROSS INTO FY11 AND BE SEPARATED BEFORE 30 SEPTEMBER 2011. MARINES APPROVED FOR THE FY12 VEERP WILL BE CONSIDERED TO HAVE COMPLETED THEIR FULL ACTIVE SERVICE. THIS MARADMIN DOES NOT EXEMPT MARINES FROM COMPLETING RESERVE OR READY RESERVE OBLIGATIONS PER THEIR INDIVIDUAL SERVICE ENLISTMENT CONTRACTS. THIS PROGRAM IS ONLY BEING OFFERED TO MARINES WITH AN FY12 EAS.
3. ELIGIBILITY.
A. ANY ACTIVE DUTY ENLISTED MARINE WITH AN FY12 EAS (1 OCT 2011- 30 SEP 2012).
B. MARINES MAY REQUEST TO SEPARATE NO MORE THAN 90 DAYS PRIOR TO THEIR CURRENT EAS. THIS REQUIREMENT IS NOT WAIVERABLE. HOWEVER, MARINES WILL BE PERMITTED TO EAS UNDER THE CONDITIONS OF THIS MARADMIN PRIOR TO 1 OCTOBER 2011. FY12 MARINES REQUESTING SEPARATION PRIOR TO 1 OCTOBER 2011 SHOULD BE ADVISED THAT CROSS YEAR VEERP PACKAGE APPROVAL WILL BE CONTINGENT ON THE NEEDS OF THE MARINE CORPS.
C. MARINES MUST NOT BE STABILIZED FOR DEPLOYMENT AT THE TIME OF REQUESTED EARLY RELEASE (NEW EAS).
D. MARINES ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND MANDATED PRE-SEPARATION COUNSELING PER TITLE 10 USC 1142. MARINES MUST BE TAP/TAMP COMPLETE AND MEDICALLY QUALIFIED PRIOR TO EARLY RELEASE.
E. MARINES MUST BE ELIGIBLE FOR AN HONORABLE OR GENERAL (UNDER HONORABLE CONDITIONS) DISCHARGE CHARACTERIZATION AT TIME OF EARLY RELEASE.
F. INDIVIDUAL REQUESTS MUST BE SUBMITTED VIA ADCON BATTALION/SQUADRON COMMANDING OFFICER WITH ENDORSEMENT TO BE CONSIDERED ELIGIBLE.
G. MARINES CURRENTLY SERVING AS PERMANENT RESIDENT ALIENS, IN ANTICIPATION OF GAINING UNITED STATES CITIZENSHIP, MUST HAVE SERVED A MINIMUM OF 3 YEARS ACTIVE SERVICE AT THE TIME OF EARLY RELEASE.
4. INELIGIBILITY. MARINES MEETING ANY OF THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS ARE INELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE FY12 VOLUNTARY ENLISTED EARLY RELEASE PROGRAM:
A. MARINES WHO DO NOT HAVE AN FY12 EAS DATE.
B. MARINES SCHEDULED FOR TRANSFER TO THE FMCR OR RETIRED LIST.
C. MARINES WHO ARE INDEBTED TO THE GOVERNMENT (TO INCLUDE ADVANCE AND EXCESS LEAVE). INDEBTED MARINES DESIRING EARLY SEPARATION WILL BE PERMITTED TO MAKE ACCELERATED REPAYMENT OF THEIR DEBTS BY INCREASING SCHEDULED INSTALLMENT AMOUNTS AND BY MAKING CASH COLLECTIONS TO REPAY THEIR INDEBTEDNESS. INDEBTEDNESS MUST BE ENTIRELY RESOLVED PRIOR TO EARLY RELEASE.
D. MARINES BEING RELEASED UNDER OTHER HQMC DIRECTED EARLY OUT PROGRAMS, I.E., EARLY RELEASE FOR EDUCATION.
E. MARINES PARTICIPATING IN THE NATIONAL CALL TO SERVICE PROGRAM.
F. MARINES THAT ARE CURRENTLY ON TERMINAL LEAVE AWAY FROM THE PERMANENT DUTY STATION (PDS) PENDING SEPARATION.
G. MARINES WHO MANIFEST SYMPTOMS OF POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER/TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY AND ARE UNDERGOING POST DEPLOYMENT HEALTH EVALUATION AND MANAGEMENT CARE WILL NOT BE SEPARATED UNDER THIS AUTHORITY UNTIL THAT PROCESS IS COMPLETE OR A WAIVER OF TREATMENT EVALUATION HAS BEEN EXECUTED.
5. PROGRAM TIMELINE. APPLICATION PROCESSING WILL COMMENCE IMMEDIATELY UPON RELEASE OF THIS MARADMIN. THE 90 DAY EARLY RELEASE WINDOW IS DETERMINED BASED ON THE MARINES ORIGINAL EAS.
FOR EXAMPLE: A CORPORAL WHOSE CURRENT EAS IS 1 JULY 12, MAY BE APPROVED FOR EARLY RELEASE NO EARLIER THAN 2 APRIL 12, WHICH IS 90 DAYS PRIOR TO HIS/HER EAS. A SERGEANT WHOSE CURRENT EAS IS 15 NOVEMBER 11, MAY BE APPROVED FOR EARLY RELEASE NO EARLIER THAN 18 AUGUST 11, WHICH IS 90 DAYS PRIOR TO HIS/HER EAS, AND CROSSES INTO FY11.  ADDITIONALLY, THE MARINE MUST MEET ALL ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA OUTLINED IN PARAGRAPH 3 OF THIS MARADMIN PRIOR TO EARLY RELEASE. UPON EARLY RELEASE, THE MARINE WILL BE CONSIDERED TO HAVE COMPLETED HIS/HER FULL ACTIVE SERVICE. TO ALLOW FOR PROCESSING TIME, IT IS REQUESTED THAT VEERP PACKAGES BE SUBMITTED AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE, BUT AT LEAST 30 DAYS PRIOR TO REQUESTED EARLY RELEASE DATE. COMMANDERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO EXPEDITE REQUESTS AS EARLY IN THE FISCAL YEAR AS POSSIBLE IN ORDER TO MAXIMIZE BUDGETARY SAVINGS.
6. RESERVE COMPONENT OPPORTUNITY. COMMANDERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO INFORM THEIR MARINES OF OPPORTUNITIES WITHIN THE RESERVE COMPONENT. AFFILIATION WITH A SELECTED MARINE CORPS RESERVE (SMCR) UNIT IS ENCOURAGED. RESERVE AFFILIATION BONUSES MAY BE AVAILABLE FOR MARINES WHO COMMIT TO AFFILIATION WITH A SMCR UNIT UPON EARLY RELEASE. FOR INFORMATION REGARDING RESERVE COMPONENT OPPORTUNITIES, CONTACT A PRIOR SERVICE RECRUITER AT WWW.MARINES.COM OR COMMERCIAL PHONE NUMBER 1-800-627-4637.
7. COORDINATING INSTRUCTIONS.
A. HQMC (MP) MAINTAINS ALL POLICY ASSOCIATED WITH THIS PROGRAM.
B. HQMC (MM) MAINTAINS FINAL APPROVAL AUTHORITY FOR ALL REQUESTS.
C. INDIVIDUAL MARINES MUST SUBMIT REQUESTS TO PARTICIPATE IN VEERP VIA THEIR CHAIN OF COMMAND.
D. ADCON BATTALION/SQUADRON COMMANDERS WILL SUBMIT ALL REQUESTS FOR EARLY RELEASE TO HQMC (MMEA-1) VIA NAVAL MESSAGE WITH REQUIRED FY12 VEERPSPREADSHEET ATTACHMENT. WITHOUT THIS ATTACHMENT, DELAYS WILL BE INCURRED IN PROCESSING TIME. USE PROCEDURES FROM REF C TO TRANSMIT MARINES PERSONAL DATA. THIS ATTACHMENT IS ENCLOSED IN THIS MARADMIN OR ALTERNATIVELY CAN BE FOUND ON THE MMEA WEBSITE IN THE DISTRIBUTION AND POLICY REFERENCE AREA AFTER YOU LOG-IN TO THE PORTAL. CONTACT HQMC (MM) POC WITH SUBMISSIONS QUESTIONS TO ENSURE ACCURACY IN SUBMISSION PROCEDURES.
(1) COMMANDERS WILL RECOMMEND APPROVAL OF SPECIFIC DATE FOR SEPARATION WHEN ENDORSING A MARINES REQUEST FOR EARLY RELEASE. COMMANDERS ARE ADVISED THAT VACANCIES OCCURRING FROM MARINES APPROVED FOR VEERP WILL BE FILLED BASED ON EACH MARINE’S ORIGINAL EAS AND NOT THE MARINE’S EARLY SEPARATION DATE. TERMINAL LEAVE IS AUTHORIZED AT COMMANDERS’ DISCRETION.
(2) COMMANDERS WILL PROVIDE SPECIFIC JUSTIFICATION FOR INDIVIDUAL MARINES NOT RECOMMENDED FOR APPROVAL TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM.
E. UPON HQMC (MM) FINAL APPROVAL, MMEA-1 WILL REPORT THE NEW EAS/ECC VIA MCTFS UNIT DIARY ENTRY PER REF D. COMMANDERS WILL BE NOTIFIED OF VEERP APPROVAL VIA DIARY FEEDBACK REPORT WITH HISTORY STATEMENT INDICATING APPROVAL FOR VEERP. NAVAL MESSAGE CORRESPONDENCE FROM HQMC (MM) WILL BE ISSUED AS REQUIRED TO ASSIST IN PROCESSING OR TO ALERT COMMANDERS OF APPROVAL DETERMINATION CONTRARY TO RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE ADCON COMMANDER.
F. MARINES BEING SEPARATED UNDER VEERP WILL SIGN A PAGE 11 ENTRY IN THE SERVICE RECORD BOOK ACKNOWLEDGING THEY ARE A VOLUNTEER FOR THE PROGRAM. EXAMPLE PAGE 11 ENTRY: QUOTE, I HAVE BEEN APPROVED FOR PARTICIPATION IN THE FY12 VOLUNTARY ENLISTED EARLY RELEASE PROGRAM. I UNDERSTAND THAT MY NEW EAS IS (YYYY/MM/DD). I HAVE BEEN COUNSELED ON THE CONTENTS OF THE FY12 VOLUNTARY ENLISTED EARLY RELEASE PROGRAM MARADMIN AND UNDERSTAND THAT I WILL BE CONSIDERED TO HAVE COMPLETED MY FULL ACTIVE SERVICE. ADDITIONALLY, I UNDERSTAND THAT I AM NOT EXEMPT FROM COMPLETING ANY REMAINING RESERVE OR READY RESERVE OBLIGATIONS PER MY INDIVIDUAL SERVICE ENLISTMENT CONTRACT, UNQUOTE.
G. UNIT DIARY ENTRIES REPORTING RELEASE FROM ACTIVE DUTY OR DISCHARGE WILL BE SUBMITTED PER REF D.
(1) THE SEPARATION PROGRAM DESIGNATOR CODE (SPD) FOR ACTIVE DUTY ENLISTED MARINES BEING RELEASED FROM ACTIVE DUTY IS MCC1, REDUCTION IN FORCE. THIS SEPARATION CODE APPLIES TO MARINES THAT HAVE REMAINING OBLIGATED SERVICE OR WISH TO TRANSFER TO THE RESERVES. REF E, PARAGRAPH 6404.3 PROVIDES THE AUTHORITY FOR THIS SEPARATION CODE.
(2) THE SPD FOR ACTIVE DUTY ENLISTED MARINES BEING DISCHARGED FROM ACTIVE DUTY IS KCC1, REDUCTION IN FORCE. THIS SEPARATION CODE APPLIES TO MARINES THAT HAVE COMPLETED EIGHT YEARS ACTIVE DUTY OBLIGATED SERVICE AND DO NOT WISH TO TRANSFER TO THE RESERVES. REF D, PARAGRAPH 6404.3 PROVIDES THE AUTHORITY FOR THIS SEPARATION CODE.
(3) MARINES ALREADY DENIED FURTHER SERVICE WILL RETAIN THE APPROPRIATE SPD CODE AND MUST SUBMIT FOR SEPARATIONS PAY DETERMINATION PER REFS E AND F.
H. RELEASE OF REGULAR ACTIVE ENLISTED MARINES WITH MILITARY SERVICE OBLIGATIONS FROM ACTIVE DUTY WILL BE EFFECTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH REF E.
I. IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT COMMANDS NOTIFY THEIR DISBURSING OFFICERS/FINANCE OFFICERS (DO/FO) REGARDING EACH MARINE’S EARLY SEPARATION PER REF G. THOSE ORGANIZATIONS RESPONSIBLE FOR SEPARATING MARINES ARE REQUIRED TO IMMEDIATELY NOTIFY THE DO/FO VIA A NAVMC 11116 OF THE PENDING SEPARATION. A NAVMC 11060 MUST THEN BE SUBMITTED TO THE DO/FO WITHIN 5 WORKING DAYS PRIOR TO THE MARINE’S SEPARATION DATE.
8. GENERAL INFORMATION.
A. IN THE EVENT OF FUTURE RECALL, MARINES RELEASED UNDER THIS MARADMIN WILL BE CONSIDERED AS BEING IN THE SAME STATUS AS THOSE WHO HAVE COMPLETED THEIR OBLIGATED PERIOD OF ACTIVE DUTY.
B. ENLISTED MARINES SEPARATED UNDER AUTHORITY OF THIS MARADMIN WHO ARE ELIGIBLE AS OF THEIR NORMAL EAS DATE MAY BE AWARDED THE GOOD CONDUCT MEDAL.
C. MARINES WHO ARE ENTITLED TO SEPARATION PAY UPON NORMAL EAS, WHO ELECT, AND ARE APPROVED FOR EARLY RELEASE FROM ACTIVE DUTY UNDER THIS MARADMIN, WILL RETAIN THEIR ENTITLEMENT TO SEPARATION PAY PROVIDED THEY HAVE COMPLETED 6 YEARS OF ACTIVE SERVICE PRIOR TO THE DAY OF EARLY RELEASE (NEW EAS) FROM ACTIVE DUTY. MARINES ARE REMINDED THAT EARLY RELEASE FROM ACTIVE DUTY UNDER THIS MARADMIN COULD AFFECT THE AMOUNT OF THEIR SEPARATION PAY. REFS E AND F PRESCRIBE THE METHOD OF COMPUTING SEPARATION PAY. FURTHERMORE, IF EARLY RELEASE WOULD DISQUALIFY MARINES FOR SEPARATION PAY DUE TO LENGTH OF SERVICE CRITERIA UNDER THE LAW, MARINES WILL NOT BE RELEASED FROM ACTIVE DUTY UNTIL THEIR SERVICE LENGTH CRITERIA HAS BEEN MET.
D. MARINES ENTITLED TO SEPARATION BENEFITS ARE AUTHORIZED THOSE BENEFITS IF RELEASED UNDER THIS MARADMIN. AS A REMINDER, ELIGIBLE MARINES AND THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS DESIRING TO RETAIN TRICARE PRIME UPON SEPARATION ARE REQUIRED TO REENROLL IN TRICARE.
E. MARINES ARE REMINDED TO REVIEW EDUCATIONAL BENEFITS PRIOR TO PARTICIPATING IN VEERP. A LIST OF ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR THE POST 9-11 GI BILL CAN BE FOUND IN REFS H AND I.  MGIB REQUIREMENTS ARE FOUND IN REF J.
F. ENLISTMENT BONUSES (EB) OR SELECTIVE REENLISTMENT BONUSES (SRB) WILL NOT BE RECOUPED FROM MARINES SEPARATED UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF THIS MARADMIN.
9. RESERVE APPLICABILITY. THIS MARADMIN IS NOT APPLICABLE TO THE MARINE CORPS RESERVE.
10. THIS MARADMIN CANCELS ON 30 SEP 2012.
11. RELEASE AUTHORIZED BY LIEUTENANT GENERAL ROBERT E. MILSTEAD, JR. DEPUTY COMMANDANT FOR MANPOWER AND RESERVE AFFAIRS.//

Get rid of meaningless tasks and inefficiencies – Maj Peter J. Munson

Author:

Maj Peter J. Munson

“America is not at war. Marines are at war while America is at the mall.” This is the solemn refrain of Marines who have been in the thick of the fight for nearly 9 years. As an institution, however, the Marine Corps has no stones to cast. Despite this longest period of continuous warfare fought by an all-volunteer force, the Marine Corps as an institution stubbornly remains a peacetime garrison bureaucracy. Marines and Marine units have accomplished a litany of valiant feats and key innovations since 2001, yet the institution as a whole has refused to come to terms with the fact that war demands prioritization and that a decade of war demands a thorough clearing of the bureaucratic deadwood that has accumulated in the peacetime Marine Corps. The failure of the Marine Corps’ institutional leadership to streamline requirements and prioritize Marines’ efforts with an eye toward our sole reason for being (winning the Nation’s battles) detracts from combat readiness, negatively impacts safety, and drives combat-hardened Marines out of the Corps. As an institution, we have perverted our can-do culture and failed our Marines by imagining we can do more with less. As we near a decade of continuous combat operations, it is high time that we reevaluate our priorities, shed the load of inefficient and meaningless tasks, and shift our mindset from doing more with less, to doing what matters with less.

Multiple factors collude to pile our Marines high with an ever-increasing “soldier’s load” of tasks. These range from meaningful administrative and predeployment training to bureaucratic busy work to outright time wasting. Because we have not had the moral courage to acknowledge that even Marines can’t do everything, we are breaking our Marines’ backs under the weight of countless, unprioritized commitments. The rhythm of prolonged combat forces a grinding cycle of training and deployment, while hard-won battlefield lessons have demanded additional training and education for all Marines. These commitments have been layered on top of an already busy peacetime routine, while information technology and a bureaucracy that rewards “good ideas” and preventatives that can be summarized in fitness report bullets have peppered Marines with even more requirements from all levels of the institution. New tasks come down via email or Marine administrative messages weekly, each an emergency. In this environment where everything is a priority, nothing is a priority, and life becomes a constant juggle of dropping one task to complete another. While we say we are not a zero-defect Service, the ease with which the term “failure of leadership” is tossed about means that Marines prioritize not on lines of combat readiness, mission accomplishment, or safety but by focusing on those tasks that are most likely to draw higher headquarters’ attention if not quickly completed.

Institutionally, every incident is answered with new levels of centrally directed and provided training, usually accompanied by tracking and reporting requirements. If not computer-based, training is all too often provided in mass briefings. Both venues are utter failures. Computer-based training is generally clicked through with the volume muted while busy Marines complete other work. Mass briefings are received by sullen audiences resentful of having their time wasted on topics they already know by rote. Recently, when an O-6 briefing an audience of over 1,000 Marines accidentally closed his Microsoft PowerPoint presentation, he was met with universal applause in an open (and perhaps deserved) show of disrespect. Marines are hostile to endless training requirements, but more importantly, they disrespect the centralized and impersonal approach to issues that should fundamentally be handled by small unit leadership. There is no personal approach to training and thus no buy-in when Marines are individually huddled in front of computers or passively sitting through a mass brief.

Small unit leaders, who are positioned to make a much greater impact, are unable to ply their trade as time and opportunities for them to lead, mentor, and counsel their Marines are whittled away. What senior leaders do not consider is how their failure to properly prioritize their requirements has handed small unit leaders the impossible mission of doing everything with less. This state of affairs has come about because structurally the Marine Corps has no incentive for efficient use of manpower. As a government institution, it has no profit motive driving efficiencies. The military is unique among government institutions in being an almost wholly salaried Service of individuals who can be ordered to work any hours a commander desires. There is no payroll penalty to inefficient use of manpower. Among the Services, the Marine Corps is unique in having a culture that exalts doing the impossible on minimal resources and penalizes negative feedback signals on the rare occasion when they are pushed up the chain of command, further compounding the problem. Over the past decade we have become extremely meticulous about tracking and optimizing the efficiency of equipment utilization, yet while we pay lip service to the toll of high operational tempo, we have done virtually nothing to optimize the utilization of our most precious resource—our Marines.

The growing accumulation of tasks owes itself to two key phenomena. First, information technology has made it far too easy for disconnected staff sections at echelons above reality to levy training and other requirements. “Good ideas” are quickly packaged electronically and rained down on thousands of Marines below with little thought given to the accumulated man-hour cost and the other priorities with which they compete. With the profusion of special staff sections and their alternate chains of tasking and reporting, commanders easily lose track of the requirements levied in their names. These requirements all too often come with a demand for rapid action and “by name” reporting of completion that can be tracked back up at the stratosphere. The ease with which such requirements are levied means that little cost-benefit analysis is done, and there is no appetite suppressant mechanism to prevent overtasking.

Second, at lower levels of the chain of command, the Marine Corps’ culture and promotion system prevent the sort of feedback that is needed to signal the absurdity of the situation. Can-do culture, a near-zero-defects promotion system, and a dangerous trend of groupthink, reinforced by the echo chamber that Marines live in, all prevent Marine leaders from saying “enough is enough.” At the lower levels of the chain of command, the absurdity of the current climate is clear, yet leaders show a lack of the moral courage required to demand a better way.

In a world where everything is a priority, nothing is a priority. Worse, Marines begin to make up their own priorities in the absence of guidance. Key personnel, the busiest Marines in the unit, strive to juggle all balls, accomplishing the requirements expected of their Marines, then comforting themselves with the thought, “If we can find time to do it, then so can our Marines.” Yet our Marines may not be able to juggle tasks as swiftly and efficiently. They also may have other tasks, layered on by subordinate leaders, adding to their load. Unable to do all things well, Marines make up their own priorities. The commander knows what is important and what is not, but the signals the institution is sending to his Marines are ambiguous at best. Often the most trivial of tasks in the grand scheme of our true mission are tracked by “hit lists,” yet the institutional leadership does not get a list of what Marines forgo in order to get these trivial tasks done. They don’t get the list of the Marines who skip lunch, put off medical appointments, cut corners on maintenance or training practices, fail to thoroughly inspect the work of others, or spend extra time at work rather than with their families. This list seems benign, but these things, among others, are the real and direct results of misguided leadership, and each of them is impacting the lives of our Marines. Together they directly contribute to decreased personnel and material readiness at best and suicides, motor vehicle accidents, and ground and aviation mishaps at worst. Marine leaders soul searching for ways to reduce these misfortunes should start with deep introspection as to whether they have lived up to their moral obligations to care for their Marines, even if that means telling superiors far removed from the realities of daily life at the unit level that they simply cannot accomplish all of their tasks and must drop some to focus on what matters. Senior leadership must embrace a new ethos of doing what matters with less.

The Marine Corps speaks to the promotion of moral courage, but beyond the shallow willingness to criticize uniform infractions and haircuts, moral cowardice is the way to avoid negative recognition and climb the ranks while those who truly care about doing what matters begin to look for the exit. If the Marine Corps is serious about operational excellence and improving safety, it must return to the true tenets of its institutional culture. This is no small matter and requires the involvement of institutional leadership at all levels. First, “doing more with less” is short for “doing more than others would with less.” In reality, it means doing what matters to the Marine Corps in its role as the Nation’s expeditionary force with less. To excel at doing what matters, we must acknowledge what does not matter, or at least does not matter as much. Second, in doing what matters with less, the Corps must return to its professed tenets by trusting and empowering junior leaders.

Redundant reports should be eliminated, inefficient training streamlined, and wasteful administrative burdens reduced. Could information assurance training be conducted in a less gratingly wasteful way? Once we have our nuclear, biological, and chemical and rifle range briefs memorized, can we test out and proceed directly to the practical application perhaps? Better yet, can we use that time for more advanced training? How many hours are wasted annually shuffling paperwork through 10 wickets to get a signature that should not be required on a naval format letter that required three revisions to ensure the format was correct and the signature block was positioned perfectly? The opportunities are legion, but a shift must occur in mindset for them to become apparent.

In many cases, load shedding of unnecessary tasks will involve culling superficialities for which the Corps has a deep institutional fondness. There is an element of institutional pride and unit cohesion in the appearance issue, but the focus on superficialities often comes at an expense to substance. Consider the over 800 man-hours invested in preparation for a battalion-level change of command. A unit may be thought to be unprofessional if it forewent the “troop and stomp” for a simpler ceremony, but would it not be much more substantively professional if it spent that 800 man-hours training for its primary mission? Although the thought is certainly a bridge too far, would Marines be better off if they spent less time at the barber shop and more time in professional study, combat conditioning, or with their families? Did anyone tell Chesty Puller he was not a motivated Marine because he did not have a high and tight? In another instance, consider the time wasting that goes on around the Corps during the weekly field day. How many clean windows are dutifully wiped down? How many floors could be buffed monthly instead of weekly? Beyond the time issue, undue focus on superficialities erodes Marines’ confidence that the institution cares about what truly matters.

Finally, we must entrust our junior leaders to do those things that do matter. If there is training to be done, provide small unit leaders with training aids and let them run it. Let these leaders lead. They cannot do any worse in motivating their Marines to succeed than a computer or the speaker at the front of the auditorium. Given properly prioritized missions and the time to accomplish them, these Marines will need no hit lists to make it happen.

 

Source: http://www.mca-marines.org/gazette/article/doing-what-matters-less