Before I get an influx of angry emails from butthurt reservists, you should know that literally every Active Duty Marine hates you by default.
The Reserves is like the Marine Corps Lite. Of course, they deploy and have done great things in combat and abroad, no one is arguing that. But at the end of the day, they get to go home. Not just home, but like… home. They check in once a month and do a two week thing once a year unless otherwise needed. They don’t live in the barracks every day, they don’t get woken up at 4am to police call the parking lot.
I recall the School of Infantry. Marines that I had known since boot camp were in my class, but at the end of our MOS training (0351), they got to go home. All I can remember thinking to myself was…
What the fuck? I didn’t even know that was an option.
While they went home to go fuck their girlfriends
(and probably ours), the rest of our sorry asses got sent to our Active Duty units to be hazed and treated like the lowest form of sentient entity on the planet (boots).
It’s the Marine Corps Lite because, in my humble opinion, it’s not the full experience. It’s one thing to step in bullshit, it’s another to build your entire house out of it and live there for 4 years.
On a separate note, I want to thank everyone that came out to listen to me ramble yesterday in Concord! I had a lot of fun meeting everyone and even writing this comic strip! (I ended up changing the first panel, I had to redraw the entire thing anyway)