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Full disclaimer, I couldn't handle the cub scouts never mind any branch of the US military, however a very good friend of mine is former Marine. He emailed this to me and given the globe, eagle and anchor symbols I have seen on CS plus the support for the troops, I figured most of you would enjoy this (hopefully this is new and not a repeat, but even if it is, its worth reading again).
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What I love about the Marine Corps:

I like the fact that if you are a self-declared enemy of America, that
running into a Marine outfit in combat is your worst nightmare... and
that your health record is about to get a lot thicker or be closed out
entirely!

I like the fact that Marines are steadfast and consistent in everything
they do...regardless if you agree with them or not.

I like the fact that Marines hold the term "politically correct" with
nothing but pure disdain.

I like the fact that Marines stand tall and rigid in their actions,
thoughts, and deeds when others bend with the direction of the wind and
are as confused as a dog looking at a ceiling fan!

I like the fact that each and every Marine considers the honor and
legacy of the Corps as his personal and sacred trust to protect and
defend.

I like the fact that most civilians don't have a clue what makes us
tick! And that's not a bad thing. Because if they did, it would
probably scare the hell out of them!

I like the fact that others say they want to be like us, but don't have
what it takes in the "PAIN-GAIN-PRIDE" department to make it happen.

I like the fact that the Marines came into being in a bar, Tun Tavern,
and that Marines still gather in pubs, bars and slop chutes to share sea
stories and hot scoop!

I like the fact that Marines do not consider it a coincidence that there
are 24 hours in a day and 24 beers in a case. Because Marines know
there is a reason for everything that happens!

I like our motto...SEMPER FIDELIS...and the fact that we don't shed it
when the going gets tough, the battlefield gets deadly, or when we hang
up our uniform for the last time.

I like the fact that Marines take care of each other...in combat and
time of peace.

I like the fact that Marines know the difference between "Chicken Salad"
and "Chicken Shit" and aren't afraid to call either for what it is!

I like the fact that the people of America hold Marines in the highest
esteem and that they know that they can count on us to locate, close
with, and destroy those who would harm them!

I like the fact that people think we are cocky....yet we know that we
have confidence in everything we do and the fact that they don't know
the taste of that makes them look at us as if we are arrogant!

I like that fact that we know the taste of freedom and would give our
very lives for it! And that it is a taste that the protected will never
know!

I like the fact that Ronald Regan said..."Some people spend an entire
lifetime wondering if they made a difference...Marines don't have that
problem!"

I like the fact that we are brothers to the end...and that no matter
what happens in life we know we have one another's "six"!

I like the fact that a couple of years ago an elected member of congress
felt compelled to publicly accuse the Marine Corps of being "radical and
extreme". And, I also like the fact that our Commandant informed that
member of Congress that she was absolutely correct and that he passed
on his thanks for the compliment!

I like the fact that Marine leaders --- of every rank --- know that
issuing every man and woman a black beret --- or polka-dotted boxer
shorts for that matter does absolutely nothing to promote morale,
fighting spirit or combat effectiveness.

I like the fact that Marines are Marines first...regardless of age,
race, creed, color, sex, and national origin or how long they served or
what goals they achieve in life!

I like Marines...and I love the fact that I am able to be humbled to
walk along the ranks of other Marines!

I like the fact that you always know where you stand with a Marine!
With Marines, there is no middle ground or gray area. There are only
missions, objectives, and facts.

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If you aren't a Marine the next best thing is to have a Marine for a
friend.
 
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