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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Gary Butler
Gary Butler
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PO1 Jeff Spehar - ????!!!!!
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TSgt Carl Johnson
TSgt Carl Johnson
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SMSgt Archie Hickerson - As a former TACP, I can affirm that, yes indeed, we do love to blow things up!
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Cpl David Halbisen
Cpl David Halbisen
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Go ahead and talk shit.
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Cpl Scot Jackson
Cpl Scot Jackson
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Your toilet paper handling badge is crooked in the picture.
Semper Fi
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CWO4 Michael Doyle
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Marines are simple people, we don't collect a lot of baggage or bobbles. We refer to Marines as Marines. Officers get a little more complicated; informally they are Marine Officers, formally the are Officers of Marines.
A Marines status doesn't change. You either are or you aren't.
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MSgt R Rose
MSgt R Rose
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I think, technically, all branches still maintain an affiliation with the military. I've been retired and discharged from the USAF, yet I can show you a set of orders that placed me in the retired reserve. Also, not one time during my processing out did any one say to me that the vows I took no konger applied.
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AN John Pepper
AN John Pepper
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Been out of the active Navy for 34 years, I still feel duty bound by my oath to defend the Constitution of the USA. As for Marines... we always envied their uniforms no matter what we actually said out loud.
Semper Fi brothers at arms!
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MAJ John Davis
MAJ John Davis
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I had the opportunity to work with Marines of all ranks throughout my time of service. I found them all to be good Americans, who were proud to be Marines. I was particularly impressed by their concern to keep the good name of the Corps first and foremost. They were loyal, honest, and reliable. I understand they liked to be called Marines, even if no longer on active duty. They always considered themselves still a part and representative of the Corps, whose behavior reflected on it, whether in uniform or not. Semper Fi to all those Marines.
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A1C Michelle Pagan
A1C Michelle Pagan
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I used to work as fed for Marines and worked with both officer and enlisted. I never heard anything but once a Marine always a Marine. But the idea that they don't collect baggage...I beg to differ.
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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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Sgt David Scott
Sgt David Scott
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MSgt Edward Bogard - That is true, but we need to be nice to the UBER drivers.
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" MARINE "
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SGT Felicia King
SGT Felicia King
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Is it really more difficult to get additional schooling or progress in rank in the Marines? I always thought that be the reason they transition into the military. Army, being bigger, has more opportunities.
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SPC Steven Nihipali
SPC Steven Nihipali
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You damn right, sir... they're now soldiers. No longer "Marine" status
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