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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SFC Richard Desrosiers
SFC Richard Desrosiers
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I understand that I joined the Army National Guard myself after 12yrs in the Marines it was a little hard to accept being called soldier too, what helped to make the change easier for me, lol, was all the times I'd march squad or platoon and being reminded by someone in the unit that this was not the Marine Corps or having someone open one of the office to yell the same thing. It took a little while to change. Rember you r serving your country regardless.I was. I am now a 20yr vet(retired).
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SFC Richard Desrosiers
SFC Richard Desrosiers
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I must appologises for all the typos but, the tiny screen I'm using and still getting used to it.
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SFC Richard Desrosiers
SFC Richard Desrosiers
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There's a few more.
I'm done now.
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1stSgt Claude Burch
1stSgt Claude Burch
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Marine.
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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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Linda Greer
Linda Greer
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Thank you for your service to our country, sir!
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Cpl Rosemarie SantaAnna
Cpl Rosemarie SantaAnna
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Boot Camp was NO joke as it is today!...
Been called Follower, Leader to start something good and Motivator because what I Learned and still in me...
Thank You Disciple, Team Spirit & Finish what is started!...
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SSgt Danny Radcliffe
SSgt Danny Radcliffe
7 mo
As well you should. We don't take an oath of de-enlistment. Once marine, or (insert branch), always.
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SSG Richard Bladl
SSG Richard Bladl
6 mo
All ex-military, Marines, Air Force, Army, Navy are referred to as veteran's. When asked about my status I always say VETERAN, U.S. Army. I am a soldier for life. Once discharge and no longer active or in-active duty you are a veteran. I would never call you a Marine, Air Man, Soldier or Seaman first.
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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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Cpl Rosemarie SantaAnna
Cpl Rosemarie SantaAnna
8 mo
CPT (Join to see) - I was NOT SHOUTING...
That is my Marine Voice. Sorry I made you jump, it happens!
People usually say Marine...
Some just say, Vet.
Ass female I usually not address as Vet but think I am tagging along with my Marine Husband (also Veteran)
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SP5 Gerald Marcantel
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SPC Chris Ison
SPC Chris Ison
7 mo
Same. Drives me nuts when the marines in my guard unit claim to be " combat marines" from our deployment
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SPC Matt Ovaska
SPC Matt Ovaska
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CPT (Join to see) - What did you say
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