An Army officer sums up what makes Marines different

Great post over on Cpl. Beddoe’s site about what makes Marines different. It’s written by U.S. Army Col. Daniel F. Bolger.

Col. Bolger really hits the mark on much of his post. I don’t agree with all of it, but I do agree with most of it.

Here’s the link: An Army officer sums up what makes Marines different.

Love to hear your all’s thoughts in the comments, and hope you all have a great Friday.

Oh, and make sure you end the week strong. Don’t go punching the clock early. (Unless you haven’t punched it early in at least three weeks. Otherwise, lap those around you and either get one step closer to that raise or promotion, or take that next step in earning that big sale or new client.)

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

P.S. If you enjoy fast-paced books, you just might like my works. “Sold Out” tracks the life of a legendary Marine Sniper after a CIA unit decides to kill him for reasons of national security. “Little Man, and the Dixon County War” tells the uphill fight a young deputy faces after surviving three years of war only to find himself in the sights of a mighty cattle baron. And “Soldier On,” a short novel, follows the lives of several German soldiers in a depleted infantry company trying to make it through the final, miserable months of World War II.

8 thoughts on “An Army officer sums up what makes Marines different

  1. Folks that have not been in the Corps have no business trying to explain it. The old “If I have to explain, you wouldn’t understand” adage. And General Armstrong was my Dad’s CO when he was stationed at Barksdale AFB in the fifties. SF.


    1. I hadn’t considered it from the angle of him not saying it. I partly enjoyed the fact that he said such things about the Corps in an effort to improve the perspective of those in the Army who aren’t in the infantry.


  2. I think the old adage applies, “You must walk in my shoes to truly know me.” I don’t know what today’s Army Infantry is like, I just remember it from the late ’70s, when the Army was failing in training. I have a couple Yahoo Groups where us old soldiers get together and talk about the old times. So I can’t comment on today’s Army warriors. I do know there were a bunch of us senior NCOs wishing we had joined the Marines back in the late ’70s. But at one time I loved the Army as much as you men and women love the marines. I still miss those days when the Army was proud and stood for something. I hope it has redeemed itself since I retired. Gosh, that’s been 35 years now.


    1. Tom,

      I honestly believe it has redeemed itself. I mean, you’ll hear a horror story every now and then, but all in all, the Army has performed pretty superbly in Iraq and Afghanistan. And when they’ve fallen short, it’s usually — IMO — been the fault of their superiors. (Like, putting firebases in bad positions below mountain peaks, but even then, the grunts at the bottom fight their asses off.)

      And it’s always easy to cheerypick data. Hell, even the Marine Corps had a full Colonel fire his pistol indoors. (How that happens, since it breaks who knows how many weapons rules, is beyond me, but it did:

      There’s a lot more that I could write, but hopefully I made my point. (Need to get back to polishing Mexican Heat.)

      Thanks for the comment, Tom!


  3. “The safest place in Korea is behind of platoon of Marines-God could they fight” signed by a colonel in the US Army and inscribed in the Marine Corps Museum, Triangle, VA

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    1. Joe Ade,

      Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment for me! Thank you so much for your service and example. You have no idea how much I respect the Marines who fought in Korea, especially the infantry ones.

      I assure you that I and my brothers tried with every ounce of our being to keep up with your all’s nearly impossible standards.

      Semper Fidelis, Sir, and stick around. We’d love to have you sign up for posts and drop a comment more often. (And if you happened to miss this post, you’ll really enjoy checking it out. Especially the comments:

      Sincerely yours,
      Stan R. Mitchell
      A/1/8 1995-99


  4. Exactly why they refuse to drop thier standards and not accept woman to serve in combat arms-females have their own Boot Camp-although tough-not the same. They remain the only service that has this distinction thru-out our proud 240 yr history.

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    1. Correct. And I think keeping the boot camp separate not only makes it more challenging from a competition stand point, but also increases the isolation and feelings of fear, in my opinion.


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