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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