No such thing

Memo to Brendan Miniter: Marines don’t like being called “former Marines.” “Once a Marine, always a Marine” is how they view it. Having known a few Marines in my time, perhaps “retired Marine” would be a better term in the future.

2 thoughts on “No such thing

  1. Sounds like a bunch of conceited B.S. to me. If they’re still ready for active duty, okay, fine: but I sure have no intention of referring to a 90-year-old fart as anything other than a former marine.
    Besides, if our country’s leaders are fine with “former president,” then Marines should have no problem with it.

  2. Actually, I believe it’s also “Once President, always President.” If you were to meet President Clinton, the tradition is that you would acknowledge him as such. “Nice to meet you, President Clinton,” I would lie when I shook his hand. I could be wrong.
    It’s obvious you don’t know too many Marines, Lee. Your comments would be grounds for a butt-whuppin’. 😉

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