I won’t say that there’s no credibility to the argument that grunts should have crossed rifles whilst others should not. Then again, I am an 0351, so surely my opinion is skewed. However, I believe the entire point of the crossed-rifles is “Every Marine A Rifleman”, and thus is meant to differentiate the Marine Corps from other branches more than to be taken literally. Now, much like Garcia here, I don’t personally care–I think crossed Lance Corporal chevrons on my Lance Corporal chevrons would fulfill my needs all the same.
I won’t go as far as to say that every Marine is in fact a Rifleman, because it’s just not true. For instance, I wouldn’t expect an 1171 Water Dog to perform the job of an 0311, and rightly so. However, the rhetoric more applies to a principle of the Marine Corps as a whole. Whether or not it’s actually true, I won’t bother getting into.
In other news, I got this email from a Marine today that made my day and I wanted to share it with you all. His name and email will remain anonymous, but here’s what he had to say regarding fraternization in the chow hall:
When I saw your female LCpl eating with a MSgt comic I just had to print it out and put it in the chow hall on KBay. I see that shit EVERY DAY.
So I did it for lunch, put it up without anyone seeing, snapped the pic, then sat down to eat. I ate right by the salad bar so I could watch and see if anyone noticed.
Sounds too good to be true, but not even 10 minutes after I put it up 2 Gunny’s walked in with a female (I think she was a Corporal, they all are….) and saw it. The gunny made a big fuss and asked the lady scanning the IDs if she knew about it, then he went to talk to the chow hall manager who I believe was a MSgt.
I didn’t hear the conversation, but as they got back to where the trays are I heard the MSgt ask “Well…its true. Why the hell are you two eating with a female Corporal?”
I almost died.
Epic Win, my friend.
This email made my day, I always like seeing this kind of interaction between my work and Marines. Keep it up. If you have some awesome story like this, feel free to tell me about it by clicking the “Contact” tab at the top of the screen. I don’t always have time to respond to every email, but I do read them all.
I would also like to remind people that I’ll be at WonderCon with the Concord Vet Center on April 1-3rd. We’ll have some T-shirts and other things for me to sign and give away. I’ll give you more details soon, but for all of you in the Bay Area, I hope to see you there! You don’t have to be a comic nerd to attend, but it will probably help.