They say All Marines have an Attitude

                    We  call  it  Esprit  De Corps

U.S. Marines are the most peculiar breed of human beings I have ever witnessed.They treat their service as if it was some kind of cult, plastering their emblem on almost everything they own, making themselves look like insane fanatics with haircuts to ungentlemanly in length. Worshiping their Commandent almost as if he was a God, and making weird animal noises like a gang of savages.

They'll fight like rabid dogs at the drop of a hat  just for the sake of a little action, and they are the cockiness son of a bitches I have ever known.
Most have the foulest mouths and drink beyond a man's normal limits, but their high spirits in sense of brotherhood sets them apart. Generally speaking, the United States Marines I've come in contact with are the most professional soldiers and the finest men and women I have ever had the pleasure to meet... There are only two kinds of people that understand Marines, other Marines and their enemy. Everyone else just has a secondhand opinion.

All militaries harden their recruits,  by instilling the basics and bending young men to their will, but the Marine Corps provides its members with a secret weapon, it gives them the unique culture of pride that makes Marines the world's premier warrior force.

The Navy has it ships, the Air Force has its planes, the Army has its detailed doctrine. But culture, values and it's assumptions is what shapes its members and this is all the Marines have. They call this culture   ESPRIT DE CORPS.  The Marines have bestowed their name on their enlisted ranks.

The Army has Army officers and soldiers, the Navy has naval officers and sailors, the Air Force has Air Force officers and airmen.

                                                        But the Marines have only MARINES....


                                                                             Written by Gen.William Thornson, U.S.Army Ret.








 In boot camp at Parris Island or San Diego, and even the basic school at Quantico no one escapes the rifleman's Creed. Every Marine is trained first and foremost as a rifleman, for it is the rifleman who must close and destroy the enemy.

 The rifleman remains the most basictenet of the Marine Corps doctrine, all else revolves around in. Marine aviation, Marine armor, Marine artillery and all supporting arms and were fighting assets exist to support the rifleman. It is believed that M Gen. William H.Rupertus U.S.M.C. authored the creed shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. 

 It is commonly known as the rifleman's Creed, but it has also been called "My Rifle: the Creed of a United States Marine." Every Marine must memorize this Creed, and every Marine must live by the Creed.

                                                                           MY RIFLE

 







This is my rifle, there are many like it, but this one is mine. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life. Without me my rifle is useless. Without my rifle, I am useless. I must fire my rifle true, I must shoot straighter then my enemy who is trying to kill me. I must  shoot him before he shoots me, I will. My rifle and I know that what counts in war is not the rounds we fire, the noise of our burst, or the smoke we make. We know that it is that hits that count, we will hit.

 My rifle is human, even as I am human, because it is my life. Thus I will learn it as a brother. I will learn its weaknesses, it's strengths, it's parts, its accessories, it's sites and it's barrel.  I will keep my rifle clean and ready, even as I am clean and ready. We will become part of each other. Before God I swear this creed. My rifle and I are the defenders of my country, we are the masters of our enemy, we are the salviors of my life. So be it, until victory is America's and there is no enemy.


                                                                                                       Semper Fi

                                                                                                       Do or Die.......

       The Rifleman's Creed

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