Christmas approaches and the Marines are leading a full-scale invasion of America’s airports nationwide. At every international and regional hub in the states, you’ll find a smorgasbord of different Marine archetypes traveling home for their holiday leave block. Unleashed upon the world, Marines and other service members fill the airports with their haircuts, tactical backpacks, and maybe even a uniform or two.
The holiday leave block, graciously granted by your command (at the last minute), is a time of calm and reflection with your family. For most, it will also be a time to ignore text messages from your overbearing command and binge drink with your burnout friends that never left home (but always have a case of Natty Light ready for you).
For the Marines of 3/6, it will be a time of anger and resentment and declining reenlistment numbers.
Personally, I’ve been each one of these airport character classes at one point or another. I actually did wear my service alphas home from Hawaii to Portland, once, to impress my mom.
Delta Airlines couldn’t have given less of a shit, and my ass sat in the cheap seat I paid for for the six hour duration of the flight over the Pacific.
Travel safe, Marines.