Posted on May 9, 2020
SGT Christopher Churilla
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I'm writing a story about a Marine who is no longer serving and I wanted to know how to properly describe his status. I know Marines like to say there is no such thing as an ex-Marine, so what would be the correct term? Would it be "Marine veteran" or something else?

Thanks to all of you jarheads--even if you did choose the wrong branch. ;)
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SFC Retention Operations Nco
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I'm sure if they could read they would be very offended at being called ex-Marine lol
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Sgt Jim Mullins
Sgt Jim Mullins
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SGT Andrew Mace - It was great to put my head in a JAR, JARHEADS are great!!
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LTC George Morgan
LTC George Morgan
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It's good to see that Esprit de corps is alive and well, all you trogs have got to do now is catch up with the Royal Army. I would suggest, that a first step would be, learning how to march! In Arduis Fidelis. For those of you, who do not know latin this is the motto of my Corps, The Royal Army Medical Corps, and translates to "Faithful in Adversity". My suggestions for the US Military are:
Army: Ad sinistram et paulo post
Navy: Naves vitreae fundi permittunt novam classem nostram veterem classem videre
Air Force: Perdidit in nubibus
Marines: Regiorum calce nostrum Ass

Good day Chaps...
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LTC George Morgan
LTC George Morgan
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PS To my last: Translations are available for you all, in the full knowledge of you have a GDR. All you have to do is bow, and kow tow on your knees.
Cheers. Anyone for Cricket? Or that other game, you know the one thats played on 1/3rd of a circle... Um, "Rounders" is that it? We do see it in England, it's played by girls.

Chin, chin.
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Sgt Robert Beckwith
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Huh?
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Sgt Earl Poindexter
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I’ll always answer only to Marine. Earned the title, carrying it to my grave.
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Once a Marine, always a Marine.
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Sgt Steve Thompson
Sgt Steve Thompson
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I agree!
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PO3 Barry C
PO3 Barry C
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There were two terms we use(ed) Leather Neck and Jar Head! Both come from tradition, Leather neck as I understand is in history past, they wore a leather color to help prevent sword slashing. Jar head is the way their head looks with their traditional haircut. So, I have been told. If I was told wrong let me know.
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SSgt David M.
SSgt David M.
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Our Son agrees Once a Marine; Always a Marine!!! ;-) I SALUTE All My Fellow Veterans!!! GOD Bless America!!!
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CW5 Jack Cardwell
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The ones that joined the Army National Guard I called Soldier, that really got them going !
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PVT Robert Cameron
PVT Robert Cameron
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Well I'm sorry but during basic training I was called a No Go. That's also the active duty Army thoughts about those that are minutemen. So as you sit around thinking about what you call a NG, remember this, if it wasn't for the National Guard. You'd be saying God save the Queen.
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SA Michael Moore
SA Michael Moore
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There was a Marine Corps officer , I think a Lt Col, who retired to where his family was from in the midwest. He became the local postmaster for a while, but still wanted to serve his country. He went to the recruiting office for his State National Guard (I think it was Iowa) and was told they had no billets for Lt. Cols, in fact, no commissioned officer billets of any kind. He proudly accepted a billet as a Platoon Sgt and began to drill with his local unit.When the Gulf Wars began, his unit was activated and he went to the Middle East serving as an Army (Iowa Guard (?) Sgt. He subsequently was KIA and was decorated for his bravery. When the story came up on 60 minutes in the 90's, there was a caravan of cars passing to the cemetery with miles of people waving flags.
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SA Michael Moore
SA Michael Moore
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ps-he was buried as a Marine LtCol and had a Marine Corp escort to the cemetery.
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PO3 Barry C
PO3 Barry C
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It is like when they call the Coast Guard 6foot Sailors, they never go into water deeper than 6 feet. That is not true at all! Try riding the high seas of the Ocean or the Great Lakes!
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