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Terminal Lance (Marine Corps Times) “Perspiration Inspiration”


Long week for me, so instead of a customary brand new comic today I’m putting up a comic from the Marine Corps Times archives!

For those of you that don’t know, original Terminal Lance strips are featured weekly in the Marine Corps Times newspaper. You can find them on your PX newsstand, they aren’t featured online at the moment.

For everything that the Marine Corps is, it is exactly what it claims to be. It’s an organization where you wear cool uniforms, mess around with guns all day, and hang out with other likeminded rad dudes all day and night. All of that stuff happens, and generally it’s exactly what you signed up for, yet somehow it’s so easy to become disenchanted with it as soon as things start to suck… and they will suck. I suppose it’s not until you start doing it that you realize whether or not the whole thing is really for you. In my case, I was Abe, counting the days til my EAS. I haven’t regretted it since, but I know a lot of guys that tried to go straight back in as soon as the outside world reared its ugly head. For many, the military provides a stable career choice, and often it is the case that this path might be preferred when you have a wife and some kids to think about.

However, this comic is called Terminal Lance, and rightly so. I left the Marine Corps as an 0351 Lance Corporal. I didn’t have any kids to worry about and the lifestyle just wasn’t for me. I learned and experienced a lot, and I wouldn’t give any of it back.

Anyway, happy Friday or something. Go fuck something, but wear a condom.

Infantry Marine turned Combat Artist turned animator turned bestselling author turned dad.

Terminal Lance “Lord Mattis”

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