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Lazy Marines

Date Posted: 2001-10-01

I am proud to be American. My pride as an American saw me voluntarily enlisting in the United States Marine Corps during the early 80’s. Today, a civilian and businessman I can attribute many of my successes to the self-discipline learned at a young age and as a United States Marine.

Driving around Okinawa, seeing young Marines guarding the bases and conducting vehicle and id checks at various gates, I find myself being extremely disappointed in the way these Marines, in highly visible locations, carry themselves. Standing guard duty is not fun or exciting. Nonetheless it is these Marines job and duty. Being a Marine is supposed to be a symbol of pride “Standing tall and looking good.”

What I see is too many Marines leaning at post, sitting atop the barricades, shooting the breeze, etc. Everything they should not be doing. A formidable force should be filled with pride and professionalism. A way to demonstrate a sense of pride and professionalism is by the way you, the Marine, carry yourself. It is shameful to know that off base, security guards seem to take much pride in their jobs. This can be seen at the airports, various off-base buildings, etc.

As a former Marine, I expect all Marines standing post to stand straight and tall and not be leaning or sitting down on the job. This type of attitude is a contributing factor, which helped get our great country into this present situation.

Marines, take pride in what you do by standing tall, maintain your sense of bearing and look respectful. It may not be glorious but it is your job, duty and responsibility. The rest of the world is looking and as a taxpayer paying your salary that is what I expect!

Ex-Marine still standing tall

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