Marines will bitch about anything. However, the one thing that sets Marines off the most? Cleaning. Marines, generally, feel like cleaning things is some form of torture. This is probably due to the negative association with cleaning and punishment given to most of us during boot camp. If you fuck up, expect to find yourself cleaning things for hours on end.
Despite the fact that cleaning is ultimately self-beneficial in the form of avoiding diseases and overall nastiness, Marines despise cleaning. Any effort to make them do so will be seen with absolute disdain and aversion. Marines go to great lengths to avoid cleaning in all of its dubious forms.
A lot of this has to do with pride and rate. Since cleaning is usually relegated to boots (ew), Marines that feel like they rate will see it as a challenge to their social standing within the unit. In the infantry, where basically everyone is a Lance Corporal, rate is often more important than rank. As such, cleaning becomes one of the delineating factors in who rates and who doesn’t.
Those who rate should not have to clean. Not even their own bodies.
Am I right?
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