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54 Reasons to Love the Corps


  1. Best haircut. Hands down. You can't have a bad hair day with a high and tight. And you spend less on shampoo.
  2. Dress blues. They're the coolest uniforms in any military worldwide.
  3. Bloused trousers. Another distinctive Marine look that sets the proudest service members apart.
  4. The rest of the Marine sea bag. From the Alphas to the camouflage utilities, uniforms just look better on a Marine than any other service member.
  5. Marines don't wear dungarees.
  6. Most respect I. When the Marines pulled out of Haiti and Somalia, the media reported the U.S. military was pulling out -- as if tens of thousands of Army troops weren't still in the country. Now that's respect.
  7. Most respect II. When the Corps came back to Haiti after 60 years, an old man on the Cap-Haitien beach said "Welcome back!"
  8. Toughest mascot. The Marine Corps' is a bull dog. The Navy's: a goat.
  9. Esprit de Corps. Even if you can't spell it or pronounce it, the Marine Corps has it in spades. One example: When sailors get tattoos, they do it to express their individuality, and their choices range from Betty Boop and Mickey Mouse to raging sea serpents. When Marines get tattoos, they do it to express their solidarity, and choose bulldogs, "death before dishonor," and "USMC."
  10. Best war monument: Iwo Jima
  11. The Marines invade, then go home. The Army has to do the occupying.
  12. The silent drill platoon. Just watching them apply their trade makes you want to wear dress blues.
  13. Status. Sailors live and work on ships. Marines go for cruises -- then hit the shore.
  14. Best fast attack vehicles: LAVs.
  15. Best fighting knife: Ka-Bar.
  16. Best duty assignments: Okinawa, Kaneohe Bay, Camp Pendleton, Diego Garcia, Moscow, North Carolina. Plus any ship at sea.
  17. Worst duty assignments: Okinawa, Kaneohe Bay, Camp Pendleton, Diego Garcia, Moscow, North Carolina. Plus any ship at sea.
  18. Most exotic duty assignments: Kuala Lumpur, The White House.
  19. Best phone number. Call 1-800-MARINES and you've got the Corps. And if you're a civilian with the mettle to be a Marine, a recruiter there will be happy to sign you up.
  20. Toughest DIs. They're so tough that when the Navy wants to train its officers, who do they call? 1-800-MARINES.
  21. Toughest boot camp. When San Diego was still training Navy recruits, legend has it that recruits occasionally would jump the fence and accidentally land in Marine boot camp. The Marines would keep them a couple of days, and when the recruits were sent back, they were ready to be sailors!
  22. Best motivational cry: Ooh-rah!
  23. Best emblem: Eagle, globe and anchor.
  24. Best campaign covers: The Smokey Bear hat.
  25. Separate heads for enlisted and officers. Everywhere else, officers and enlisted use the same pot.
  26. The only official, congressionally sanctioned hymn for any of the services: "The Marines' Hymn."
  27.   From the Halls of Montezuma,
    To the Shores of Tripoli
    We fight our country's battles
    In the air, on land and sea;
    First to fight for right and freedom
    And to keep our honor clean;
    We are proud to claim the title of United States Marine.

    Our flag's unfurled to every breeze
    From dawn to setting sun;
    We have fought in every clime and place
    Where we could take a gun;
    In the snow of far off northern lands
    And in sunny tropic scenes;
    You will find us always on the job -- United States Marines.

    Here's health to you and to our Corps
    Which we are proud to serve;
    In many a strife we've fought for life
    And never lost our nerve;
    If the Army and the Navy Ever look on Heaven's scenes,
    They will find the streets are guarded by United States Marines!!! OOOHRAH!

  28. Best slogan I: "Once a Marine, always a Marine"
  29. Best slogan II: "Tell that to the Marines"
  30. Best slogan III: "Send in the Marines."
  31. Best nicknames I: Jarhead
  32. Best nicknames II: Leatherneck
  33. Best nicknames III: Devil Dog. Trivia question: Where did this term come from? Answer: The German Army in World War I, whose soldiers' greatest fear was running up against the toughest American fighting men, the Marines. They called them "teufel hunden," or Devil Dog.
  34. Most remarkable airplane: The Harrier. No other service's jets can take off and land on a dime.
  35. Most dangerous airplane: The Harrier. Not a simple science, but luckily more of a danger to the enemy than to Marine fliers.
  36. You're a Marine. Not a soldier or a troop.
  37. That's Marine, with a capital M.
  38. Tradition! The Corps is older than the republic itself!
  39. Marines symbolize: Discipline, courage, honor, commitment, valor, patriotism, military virtue.
  40. Best recruiting gimmick I: Those darn Knights-in-Shining-Armor commercials.
  41. Best recruiting gimmick II: "We're looking for a few good men." OK, they left out women. The Corps is looking for a few good women, too.
  42. Best recruiting gimmick III: "If you have the mettle to be a Marine."
  43. The Commandant's House. It's the oldest occupied residence in Washington, D.C.
  44. Chesty Puller. You gotta love a service that has heroes with names like that.
  45. Former Commandant and Mud Marine Al Gray (Anecdote I): His official portrait, in cammies.
  46. Former Commandant and Mud Marine Al Gray (Anecdote II): He drank from a four-star canteen cup.
  47. Former Commandant and Mud Marine Al Gray (Anecdote III): Business leaders are so impressed with his ethic and style, they're using his Fleet Marine Force Manual 1, "Warfighting," to hone their skills for boardroom battles.
  48. Unity. Every Marine is a rifleman.
  49. The Marine Air-Ground Task Force. Marines attack by land, by air and from sea -- simultaneously.
  50. The "docs," -- Marines' corpsmen-in-arms. They're sailors, but they're as tough as Marines.
  51. Mud. You wanna see pure joy? Look at a group of Marines after a mud fight.
  52. Starch. Clean 'em up, put 'em in starched cammies, and they look sharp.
  53. Poetry in motion. They're weapons, not g-u-n-s. And if you don't know the pithy verse that explains that, don't ask us. We blush to tell.
  54. Point of the spear, out in front, kicking down the door. What the Marines do best.
  55. You can be IN the Army, IN the Navy, or IN the Air Force. However, I am a Marine.
  56. Shamelessly plucked off the Internet and re-published for your consideration.
    Jim Langdon
    Sgt, USMC
    MCRD San Diego Class of 1988

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created: Feb 18, 2005