As a US Marine, loyalty has to be one of the greatest traits of being a Marine. Definition: Loyalty means that you are devoted to your country, the Corps, and to your seniors, peers, and subordinates. The motto of our Corps is Semper Fidelis!, (Always Faithful). You owe unwavering loyalty up and down the chain of command, to seniors, subordinates, and peers. Loyalty to the Marine next to you to the point he knows you have his back and will die defending it an so does he.
The test of loyalty
Don’t get me wrong, loyalty isn’t lying for someone when they have done something wrong. I’ve been in some shitty situations and when the chips were down, we were outnumbered on and off the battle field, loyalty got us pretty damn far. It’s when you tarnish that loyalty is when things change. Once you do tarnish it, it’s not given back quite so easily if at all. Like myself, I know fellow Marines that will walk through fire for others as we are loyal to them as they are to us. You can’t be in this type of work and not be loyal. We have a saying that “frauds can’t hide in combat” meaning if you have been able to bullshit your way through life and your military career, when it matters most to you and others we will see the real you and know if you are genuine or a fraud. The stinky end of that deal is when you do find out they aren’t as loyal as you first thought and now your neck deep in shit and its everyman for themselves.
Some have it-some don’t
Those out there retired know exactly where I’m coming from and know when the shit hits the fan, your “loyal dogs” will be right next to you. It’s too bad people outside the military cant experience this because it’s an emotional bond that lasts forever, whichever way it swings.
May 1st was Loyalty Day if you didn’t know. Loyalty means that you are devoted to your country, and to your seniors, peers, and subordinates. I think our country could use a little more loyalty about now….
Time for a Cgar!