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Former Marine or Ex-Marine? Neither - Once a Marine, Always a Marine

Posted By: Valerie Sweet 08-10-11

 

I was corrected once, back in 2000, to never call my brother an ex-Marine simply because he left the Marines. He was a Marine for seven years. I was told to refer to all "ex-Marines" as "FORMER MARINES" and never as "ex" anything, because a Marine was always a Marine. As with most things, terminology changes over the years and becomes more correct.

Since that time, my son became who joined in 2000, served four years and became a "Former Marine." Now, my youngest son serves in the Matines. The terminology has changed yet again, from "Former Marine" to just Marine. Once a Marine, always a Marine. There is no "ex" or "former" to it. The boy's uniform has changed and his life destination has changed but he will forever in his heart and mind, be a Marine. I like this change. I wholeheartedly accept it and place it in my vocabulary while at the same time erasing the phrases "ex" and "former" from any association with the word "MARINE." This warms my heart! Thank you General Amos!

Please read the article portion below from website Marineparents(dot)com. For the whole article just go to that website.

Once a Marine, Always a Marine Marine Terminology Clarification There is always some uncertainty in knowing what to call a Marine who is no longer on active duty. It's well-known that using the term "ex-Marine" is a major faux pas, but there has been some debate about the term "former Marine." According to a recent statement by 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 clears it right up: Do not call a Marine who is not on active duty a former Marine. Once a Marine, Always a Marine.

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corban Dale Avatar

Former Marine

I do Belive you miss took a capital I for a L and of corse I forgot the ' puncuation

Posted by: corban Dale on 08/13/2011

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Barbara Wright Avatar

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I was told by my husband that the only ex-Marine was Lee Harvey Oswald because he assassinated a president.

Posted by: Barbara Wright on 08/12/2011

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corban Dale Avatar

Former Marine

This is very true Iam just alot older now but my mind still wants in the fight

Posted by: corban Dale on 08/11/2011

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Valerie Sweet Avatar

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It is not lame dear - and you need to change your IDblock. According to General Amos, no one is a "former" or "ex" Marine. Once a Marine, always a Marine. My son left the service in 2004. He regrets every minute of it. He has tried to re-enlist dozens of times. But since the DOD is cutting back expenses, hiring of enlistees is going to be cut back dramatically. But I understand your desire to still want to fight. My son was enlisted during 911. When they caught and killed Bin Ladin, his Marine instincts kicked into high gear. He wanted back in more than anything.

Posted by: Valerie Sweet on 08/11/2011

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