Something that has always bothered those of us on the lower levels of the rank tier is standing in formation for no apparent reason. It is something I know is common throughout the infantry, and usually results in Marines shouting out, “WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING ON???”

The answer? Usually you’re waiting on the Company Commander and whoever else is running the gig. I find it odd, the importance they lay on being punctual when they, themselves, are rarely on time. How often have you been 15 minutes early and waited for 45 minutes? This used to be a daily occurrence for me when I was back in the line companies, and to this day I was never really able to figure it out–until now. If someone is offended by this comic, be advised that I also enjoy a good game of “Angry Pirate VS Foul-Mouthed Teddy Bear” when I’m alone.

In other news, the site is getting quite popular as of late. Every day I receive all kinds of emails regarding the site, encouragement for me to continue with this venture. I truly appreciate all of it, as I mentioned last week in the News post. The amount of support I’ve received is unfounded, and shockingly I’ve received no negative comments regarding the site. This little comic of mine did see me end up in the Regimental Sergeant Major’s office last week, but it was hardly of sinister purpose. I’m actually quite surprised that no one has said they don’t like the strip. I imagine my strip as a guilty pleasure of sorts, for those Echo-6 and above. Ultimately I feel the humor is somewhat immune to the limits of rank, as everyone who’s been in longer than a year recognizes it all to be true.

In any case, as long as you guys keep loving it, I’ll do my best to keep putting it up.

On a completely unrelated note: this week saw the switch to desert cammies, sleeves up. To be completely blunt, I completely prefer this in Hawaii. I’ll tell you why, and this can be our little secret… Hawaii is fucking hot.

Frankly I don’t understand why we’re not sleeves up all the time, woodland or otherwise. Aside from the temperature woes, I also just enjoy wearing my deserts because they are so much more satisfyingly salty than my woodlands. I guess that is just what naturally happens when we fight wars in desert environments. Aside from that though, deserts are just softer and seem to fit looser than my woodlands. I dunno why.

In regards to the tattoo contest, no one has submitted any photos to me yet. A few people are in the running, as far as I know, but so far no one has actually gotten the tattoo that I’m aware of. If any of you are still ballsy enough to do it, feel free to shoot me an email under the conditions stated on Tuesday’s post.

With that, I bid you all a good weekend. In the meantime, I’m going to continue completing absurd tasks and quests so I can EAS properly. I wonder why getting IN the Marines is so much easier than getting OUT of the Marines…