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It’s Official. Once a Marine, Always a Marine!

Posted by Sgt Grit Staff
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The Commandant of the Marine Corps, General James F. Amos saluting


Marines, listen up!  The Commandant has spoken!!!!  No more "former" Marines!!
CMC's Planning Guidance:
It begins with the Commandant's Priorities, then his Planning Guidance follow, and is in turn followed by some very important information, important to all of us.  A quote from the Commandant, General James F. Amos:
"A Marine is a Marine.  I set that policy two weeks ago - there's no such thing as a former Marine.   You're a Marine, just in a different uniform and you're in a different phase of your life.  But you'll always be a Marine because you went to Parris Island, San Diego or the hills of Quantico.  There's no such thing as a former Marine."
The Commandant of the Marine Corps, General James F. Amos 
(United States Marine Corps photo by LCpl James Purschwitz)


  1. Highhorse Little December 28 2011, 1:54 pm

    That is great news!

    Maybe I am just having a hard time find it, but I can not find the Commandant’s quote in the CMC’s Planning Guidance provided in this post. What page is it on?

    Why am I so interested in this guidance? Well, I am a Marine of 12 years of honorable service (including D.I. duty and being a MCMAP MAIT). I also still volunteer my own time teaching Marines regularly. I am also a service connected vet also (VA).

    There are some “clubs” and programs on Marine Bases that are restricted only to Active, reserve, inactive ready reserve and DOD civilians (which you know some were not prior military) to enjoy. Why is that? Makes me feel disgarded and excluded. As if my 12 years of hard work was for nothing or doesn’t count. “20 or nothing.”

    Why can’t Marines like me enjoy our time with our fellow Marines too? Example, I can’t hunt on Camp Pendleton with their Sportsman’s Club due to their current regulations .

    So, now I have no choice but to go hunt at an Army or Airforce Base (with respect), which I have no emotional ties to. I want to be with my fellow Marines, on Marine ground and feeling as part of the Marine family.

    What am I tell my son, who is thinking of becoming a Marine? “When you join the Marines, you join a family. Something special for the rest of your life… as long as you do your 20 years.”
    Is that fair for my wife, also a “former” Marine?

    I don’t like the “20 or nothing” policy and I think it is unfair for all of us who served honorably and all our hearts and souls. It is also, salt in the wounds, to invite civilians (who were never Marines) instead of Marines of prior years just because they work for the government. Does that make sense?

    That is why I am thankful for General Amos’ quote.

    I want to see change. Maybe we can band together to make it happen. I just wouldn’t feel right if I did not speak up and speak out. Semper Fi!

    Respectfully, thank you.

  2. GUSTAVE MIRE January 31 2012, 8:35 pm

    I did 4 years active in the Marines, 76-80 and wish I had stayed in for the 20 yrs, but didnt. I did try one year in the reserves in 87, wasnt ever the same. Nothing close to the discipline of active and I was with a wing unit when active, a support unit of both wing and grunt in the reserve.

    One thing that really has always bugged me is the lost of the G.I. Bill, if not used before 10 years. To me it should be there until you use it, I earned it by serving my country and giving them 4 of my young life years.

    My son followed my foot steps and is in the Marines right now.  When we went see him graduate from boot camp a P.I. , him and my daughter bought me the T- shirt, (Not As Mean Or As Lean, But Still A Marine!) I wear it proudly!

    People ask me all the time what do I get from serving in the Marines! I say the right to say I am an Honorable Discharge Marine Sergeant!

    I agree, A Marine, is a Marine! Unless he has been Dishonorably discharged.

    Semper Fi

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