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How Many Belt Loops

Sgt. Grit,

First of all thanks for the great newsletter, and to all the past, present, and future men and women of this great family called the United States Marine Corps. I was just wondering what questions were asked of other Marines on these boards? Here are a few that I got asked:

  1. How many trucks are in the Marine Corps?
  2. How many holes are in an MRE cracker?
  3. How many belt loops are on your BDU trousers and what do they represent?

There are many more, I am just wondering if anyone else got asked these questions or something like them.

Semper Fi and Thank you,

Stephen R. Hartley
Comm Co. 1st and 3rd FSSG
2512/2515 Wire Dawg
Desert Storm/ Somalia Vet.

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Randall Arnold - April 27, 2020

In 1998, while attending a Mess Night at the Staff Academy Advanced Course at Quantico, SgtMaj Mersino approached a group of about four of us having a “cocktail” before the dinner began, to shoot the breeze. During the course of the conversation the SgtMaj posed the question about the number of belt loops on the trousers and why there were seven. One of the Gunny’s I was talking with stated that they represented the Seven Seas; to which the SgtMaj relied: “Nah, they’re to hold your trousers up.” Needless to say, we all got a great laugh out of that!

Al Beye - April 27, 2020

Back to flagpole question. I hereby revise my answer to four sides. Inside, outside, topside, and bottom side.

Harry - April 27, 2020

OOPs meant how MANY feet

Harry - April 27, 2020

1)What is the Marines 12th general order? 2) How may feet are in a yard? 3) Does An M-79 use a flash suppressor?

LCPL Landrum - April 27, 2020

I did graduate from boot as the series honor man and I too was asked “How many trucks are on this base?” The answer is clear now but being under fire with questions I drew a blank. (1) map (2) a bullet (3) a match. Don’t remember the ones I got right but I dought I will ever forget that question. Semper Fi.

Al Beye - April 27, 2020

Pure guess! Two sides, as most flagpoles are hollow, hence inside and outside!

Joel Dube - April 27, 2020

How many sides on flagpole

MGySgt Gary D Beard (RET) - April 27, 2020


Al Beye - April 27, 2020

Only if length of small arm makes it spray back on you! We CWO’s didn’t have that problem!

JM Stone,LCpl,cause I know my s##t - April 27, 2020

And you don’t pi## into the wind!

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