Fleet Marine Life #109 – 1st Amendment

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In the Marine Corps, your constitutional rights are somewhat… non-existent. When you enlist in any branch of the military, you have to take an oath to protect the constitution from all enemies both foreign and domestic. But what exactly is the constitution? I’m sure if you’ve asked any member of the military, they probably wouldn’t know that much. No one is forced to read it. So it’s not surprising if many Marines have gone through their career without reading it.

But of course, we all have a general idea of what it is.

The constitution with the bill of rights says what the government can and cannot do. It also lists the basic rights that citizens of the United States have. It is the supreme law of the United States of America.


If you’re a Marine, I recommend you take about 30 minutes out of your day and read the “Original Text” section of the article linked above. It’s honestly not that long.

In the next series of comics, I will draw and write about how the USMC pretty much shits over the basic rights of Marines.

Wikipedia says:

“The First Amendment (Amendment I) to the United States Constitution is part of the Bill of Rights. The amendment prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, impeding the free exercise of religion, abridging the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble or prohibiting the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances.”

In the Marine Corps, you can’t protest any wrongdoings that your chain of command may have been doing without any problems. Request Mast is there for Marines with serious issues but hell, it’ll sometimes get “shot down,” which nobody in the Corps is allowed to do if the problem is legitimate. Even if you suggest requesting mast, your command will do everything in their power to make your life miserable as if you are the very source of the problem that you may be trying to address.

If someone said that my mother was a whore, I would, at the very least, say “Fuck you.” In the Corps, you don’t have freedom in speech. One day, my SSGT called me a retard because I couldn’t prevent another unit from losing their secret documents. Gee golly whiz! I didn’t know it was my job to make sure Marines from a whole different unit didn’t lose their own secret documents.

If I told the SSGT, “Fuck you,” I would have lost my rank, hundreds and hundreds of dollars, and I would have had to pay for it physically for the rest of my time under his charge.

I knew a guy that got NJP’d for looking at his SSGT the wrong way. The SSGT was pissing this Lance Corporal off and then this Lance Corporal just didn’t say anything back. He just stood there and gave his SSGT a blank stare. He got NJP’d for “having an attitude,” and became a PFC the next week.

Getting NJP’d for defending yourself since 1775.