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Roles In The Marine Corps: Infantry Officer

Infantry Officers are central to the role of the Marine Corps as an expeditionary force.
They are responsible for training their Marines for every variety of ground combat mission in any environment.
They gather and evaluate intelligence on enemy forces, develop offensive and defensive battle plans and command their infantry unit’s use of weapons and equipment.

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A Parent’s View Of Leaving For Boot Camp

Originally published after Holly left for boot camp.

Early on a June morning, Sue and I took Holly to the MEPS station from where she would ship out for boot camp at Parris Island.

I was a bit concerned, as the MEPS station was over two hours away, that Holly would get nervous and perhaps start to second-guess her decision about joining the Corps.

Little did we realize at the time that the only ones in the car who were stressed out were Sue and I.

We arrived at MEPS, and the old adage about the military “hurry up and wait” started to kick in.

Sue and I sat around with a group of other parents as Holly, along with dozens of other young men and women, went through the processing steps that would lead from them changing from civilians to members of America’s armed forces.

A quick lunch break, then it was back to more waiting.

Then it was time to take the Oath Of Enlistment.

Of course we took a few more pictures.

It seemed like it was taking forever for the bus that would take our daughter and the other recruits to Parris Island to arrive, then all of a sudden there it was.
(It turned out that Holly was the only female on the bus.)

Then it was time to say our goodbyes.
This image was burned into our brain, as it was the last we saw of our future Marine for 13 weeks.

Sue and I watched as the bus taking our daughter to Marine Corps boot camp pulled away.

Then we began the walk back to our car, the drive home (which seemed much longer), and the even longer wait for the phone call from Holly letting us know that she had arrived at Parris Island.


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Marine Corps Officers’ Physical Fitness

Marine Corps Officers’ Physical Fitness
Executive Order No. 989
President Theodore Roosevelt
9 December 1908

1. Officers of the United States Marine Corps, of whatever rank, will be examined physically and undergo the tests herein prescribed at least once in every two years; the time of such examinations to be designated by the Commandant of the Corps so as to interfere as little as possible with their regular duties, and the tests to be carried out in the United States between May first and July first, as the Commandant of the Corps may direct, and on foreign stations between December first and February first.

2. All field officers will be required to take a riding test of ninety miles, this distance to be covered in three days. Physical examinations before and after riding, and the riding tests, to be the same as those prescribed for the United States Army by General Orders, No. 79 (paragraph 3), War Department, May 14, 1908.

3. Line officers of the Marine Corps in the grade of captain or lieutenant will be required to walk fifty miles, this distance to be divided into three days, actual marching time, including rests, twenty hours. In battle, time is essential and ground may have to be covered on the run; if these officers are not equal to the average physical strength of their companies the men will be held back, resulting in unnecessary loss of life and probably defeat: Company officers will, therefore, be required, during one of the marching periods, to double-time two hundred yards, with a half minute’s rest; then three hundred yards, with one minute’s rest; and then complete the test in a two hundred yard dash, making in all seven hundred yards on the double-time, with one and one-half minutes’ rest. The physical examinations before and after the tests to be the same as provided for in paragraph 2 of this order.

4. The Commandant of the Marine Corps will be required to make such of the above tests as the Secretary of the Navy shall direct.

5. Field officers of the permanent staff of the Marine Corps who have arrived at an age and rank which renders it highly improbable that they will ever be assigned to any duty requiring participation in active military operations in the field, may, upon their own application, be excused from the physical test, but not from the physical examination, prescribed above. Such a request, however, if granted, will be regarded by the executive authority as conclusive reason for not selecting the applicant for any future promotion in volunteer rank, or for assignment, selection or promotion to a position involving participation in operations of the line of the Marine Corps, or in competition with officers of the line of the Marine Corps for any position.

One Marine’s Journey To Sergeant

So, how does one go about becoming a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps?

Well, the first thing is to graduate from Boot Camp at Parris Island.

Iwo Jima Memorial at Parris Island

Then, after you have completed Marine Combat Training, you head off to your MOS training, where you are promoted from PFC to Lance Corporal.

Promotion to Lance Corporal

Then you complete your MOS training

MOS Training Graduation

Then you head off to your first duty post.

MCAS Iwakuni

While you are there, you are promoted to Corporal.

Promotion To Corporal in the United States Marine Corps

As you are wrapping up your tour of duty in Japan, you learn that you have been accepted for training into the program which was your main purpose into joining the USMC.

Marine Corps Embassy Security Group

You head back to the U.S., and upon completion of this rigorous training at Quantico, you become a member of this elite group and your parents, as they did at Parris Island and Biloxi, come to see you graduate.

Marine Security Group

Then you head off to your first duty station at an American Embassy, where the Ambassador presents you with a medal.

Medal Awarded by American Ambassador

You complete your tour of duty there, and ship out to your next posting, where, at the beginning of 2015, you are promoted to Sergeant.

Sgt. Andrews

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Marine Corps News From World War Two: Jap Shell Intrudes To Protect Marines


Staff Sgt. Alfred Scalcione says it’s peculiar how things are taken out of one’s hands In wartime.
“Three of us were huddled in a small dugout one night,” said Scalcione, “waiting for an enemy battlewagon to get tired of pumping shells in our direction. “A spotter plane dropped a flare right over our position to direct its ship’s fire.
The Japs couldn’t miss us unless we doused that flare as soon as it hit ground.
“It seemed to take an hour to come down. PFC. George Mason jr. volunteered to sandbag the giveaway light.
Just as he poised to dash out of our dugout, a 14–inch Jap shell plunked right on top of the flare 15 feet away.

From The May 1943 Issue Of The Marine Corps Chevron

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War Secrets Must Not Be Shared Even With Family

(This article appeared in a 1942 issue of the Marine Corps Chevron. The advice is as true today as it was then.)

The following is another in a series on lip-silence and national security taken from an address by the Chief of the Bureau of Naval Personnel.

There is danger of having faith in your fellow men. But what about the faith you have in your friends and relatives —- in your mother and father, and the girl you are going to marry? Of all Security lessons, this is the hardest to- learn — that Service information must be shared with no one, not even with those you love. Now that is not to say that you must no longer put your trust in these people in whom you may have confided all your life. But you must not share with them secrets that are not yours to impart—secrets that belong to the Navy and to tho Navy alone. It is no good arguing that you have absolute faith in the girl you are going to marry, and that if you cannot trust her, then you cannot trust anyone. That is not the point. She will not have had the advantage of Security instruction such as you have had. She may not properly understand what you are talking about. She may give away information without knowing she has done so. And remember that the first person an enemy agent contacts when he wants to know anything secret is the wife or girl friend of the man who knows that secret. You may feel that your wife or mother has the right to know when you are in danger a right to be told if you know that on a certain date you are sailing in convoy, or are going on a raid from which you may never return. And you may also feel that they have a right to know if this raid is cancelled so that their minds may be set at rest. But this must not happen. The more people who know a secret, the less chance there is of it being kept, keep this quite clear in your minds, because it is the first rule of Security. Once you realize this, you will see that it is not only careless talk that costs lives. Too many people are of the opinion that careless talk is loud-mouthed conversation in public bars to perfect strangers, and that its opposite, careful talk, is a confidential whisper to your wife or sweetheart. But it is talk of any sort that must be stopped, no matter what the precautions that are taken.

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Marine Corps News From World War Two: Knife Nips Ninth Nip For Irishman


A six-dollar San Diego knife put Irish Billy Beauhuld’s ninth Jap down for the long count, after his rifle was shot from his hand and a bullet ripped open his knee.
Irish Billy is a former lightweight boxer who battled some of the best in his day down St. Louis way. He was diving for a foxhole when the Nip won the drop on him and shot away a finger of his rifle hand. Beauhuld was credited with two snipers shortly after arriving on Guadalcanal, and six others In a skirmish shortly before the Marines were relieved by the Army.

From The May 1943 Issue Of The Marine Corps Chevron

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Marine Corps History: Special Trust and Confidence

Special Trust and Confidence
Marine Corps Manual
Major General John A Lejeune, USMC
Commandant of the Marine Corps

The special trust and confidence which is expressly reposed in each officer by his commission is the distinguishing privilege of the officer corps. It is the policy of the Marine Corps that this privilege be tangible and real; it is the corresponding obligation of the officer corps that it be wholly deserved.

Commanders will ensure that local policies, directives, and procedures reflect the special trust and confidence reposed in each member of the officer corps. Full credit will be given to his statements and certificates, he will be allowed maximum discretion in the exercise of authority vested in him, and he and his dependents will be accorded all prerogatives and perquisites which are traditional and otherwise appropriate. Except where the security of classified material and installations impose more stringent demands, an officer’s uniform will amply attest his status as an officer, and his oral statement will serve to identify him and his dependents.

As a concomitant, commanders will impress upon all subordinate officers the fact that the presumption of integrity, good manners, sound judgment, and discretion, which is the basis for the special trust and confidence reposed in each officer, is jeopardized by the slightest transgression on the part of any member of the officer corps. Any offense, however minor, will be dealt with promptly, and with sufficient severity to impress on the officer at fault, and on his fellow officers, the effects of the offense on the stature and reputation of the officer corps. It is an obligation to the officer corps as a whole, and transcends the bonds of personal friendship.

As a further and continuing action, commanders are enjoined to bring to the attention of higher authority, referencing this paragraph, any situation, policy, directive, or procedure which contravenes the spirit of this paragraph, and which is not susceptible to local correction.

Although this policy is expressly concerned with commissioned officers, its provisions and spirit will, where applicable, be extended to noncommissioned officers, especially staff noncommissioned officers.

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