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I received this email from a young man and I just had to post the question and answer.


Capt. Grose,

I am a 18 year old collage student who is seriously considering joining the Marine Corps Reserve and a big fan of your hilarious, informative, and inspirational site. The reason that I am writing you is because of something very disturbing my father told me today. A colleague of my father's who's son is in the Marine Corps said that the Corps is seriously under-funded (besides the usual lack of funds one would expect from the government) and that to solve the financial problems the Marine Corps could be absorbed into the Army. Also shocking was the statement that the Crucible has been removed from recruit training. This, if true, is very disturbing to someone who could be at Parris Island within months. I was looking forward to the Crucible as one of the greatest challenges of my life; something I could be proud to complete. Please send me some contradicting (good) news.

Say it aint so,

(I witheld the name)


Nonsense. I have heard nothing of the sort.

First, America does not need a Corps. You might find that surprising but it is true. Simply put, we have an Army to take care of the ground, a Navy for the seas, an Air Force for the skies, and enough special forces in each of those to handle the tricky stuff.

So why does a Marine Corps exist, you ask? Not because America needs one but because they WANT ONE! It makes America feel safe that there is an organization that is elite and believes in honor, courage, and commitment. They like that they have fighting people on their side who will make the impossible happen and that are so highly thought of that their mere presence can stabilize a situation. No one wants to mess with a squad of Marines even if highly out-numbered. You take away that and you have every two bit country picking fights with us. It is our job to back that reputation up and live up to that kind of expectation. That is why it is special to be a Marine.

Will it ever go away? I do not think so. One other thing about being a Marine is that you are a Marine for the rest of your life and so incredibly loyal, that it carries over even after you get out. There are too many former Marines in high places to ever let the Army absorb us. We are the smallest service but the amazing thing is that we have the highest percentage of successful post-active duty people working in corporate America and every other segment of American society. Why is that? Because the Marines teaches you how to succeed no matter what the odds. That, you cannot get anywhere else and will take you further than anything else in your life.

-- Capt Grose


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