From a OMV visitor:
Hello, I looked at your web site and I need answers, so who better to ask but a Marine. My son who is 17 whats to join, I say NO, I have heard they are the worst of all branches. My father was a Naval Officer for 30 years, I would rather him join that. What are you thoughts?
(Should I stay or should I go-The Clash)
Well let me tell you a story. While I finished High School my senior year, I received a Scholarship to go into the Air Force Academy , enlist into the Air Force in order to play football for them. That being said, my mother didn’t want me to join the military out of my safety and showed it to me at the last minute just before the date on it expired. I chose not to go to the Air Force Academy for one single reason. I wanted to be a Marine.
When you say the ”worst of all branches” I’m going to assume you personally don’t know many Marines. That is something as “a very worried mom” you should fix. Your son is probably already talking to a Marine recruiter. Have you introduced yourself to him? We take new Marines very preciously as the American people are giving their country their prize possession. That is something we never take for granted. “Worst of all branches”, I will again assume you mean as in the enemy thinks of us as their worse group of people to show up n their front porch after they have attacked America. It isn’t uncommon for a few Navy ships to park off the coast of a foreign country and have the fear and intimidation overwhelm them as they know those ships are filled with Marines.
If everyone could be a Marine, then we wouldn’t be the Marine Corps we are today. You should be proud that your son is considering it is as it is continuously the absolutely most challenging branch in the US military. We take pride in being selected to protect this country. We take pride in protecting the White House, Embassy’s around the world as only Marines protect these specific symbols of America. We take very serious pride in being a Marine.
Some state it’s almost like a cult or a club, perhaps a gun club. We seem to be audacious and over confident even some say arrogant. Perhaps. Back in the early 1940s, some even said we don’t need a Marine Corps any more as it was tethering on being disbanded, several times, until America was attacked. Then the world cried out for America to “Send in the Marines”.
My friend, there is simply one and will always be only one reason we have a Marine Corps.
Because the American people want a Marine Corps and what it represents.
"The raising of that flag on Suribachi means a MARINE CORPS for the next 500 years."
JAMES FORRESTAL, SECRETARY OF THE NAVY
We worship our customs and courtesies and we force our new Marines to learn about our history. Why? Because that is blood that runs through the Marine Corps. We don’t buy this phrase you may hear from other branches like “former “ Soldier or I use to be a Marine. Once a Marine, Always a Marine. Ask any Marines you meet about this. After you ask them “Are you a former Marines” most likely they will come back with the previous phrase.
Joining the Marine Corps has to be a decision made by the individual, because when the training is hard, the temps are high and nobody really seems to like you very much, you will have to find it in yourself to complete the training and eventually the mission and meet the mark set so high like so many before you have done to become Marines. Nobody will promise you a rose garden.
Should your son join the Marine Corps? I think you should ask your son, he’s a man now.
Semper Fidelis-Maj Pain
Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference. The Marines don’t have that problem."
PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN, 1985