Terminal Lance #567 “Callsigned”

January 7, 2020

As I said in the very first comic I ever did, 10 years ago now, no one gets to pick their own nicknames. You watch movies like Top Gun or whatever and you think you’re going to end up with some badass name like ICEMAN, or GRIM REAPER… Instead you end up with FUCKHEAD, because the ONE TIME you forgot your NVG’s and the whole platoon had to spend a night looking for them in the field. They never forget.

Iran ain’t ready for Dad-Bod Actual.

Speaking of…

Shit is going crazy as I type.

There’s a lot going on right now in the military sphere, thanks to all of the insanity in the Middle East at the moment. All I can hope for is that the Marines and other service members stationed abroad are staying safe and looking out for each other.

In other news… Sunday was the 10th Anniversary of Terminal Lance. As I mentioned over the various social media channels, I could have never predicted as a Lance Corporal in Hawaii that TL would become the phenomenon that it has. I legitimately thank all of the Lance Corporals across the Corps for the love and support over the years, and look forward to more to come.

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Today, January 5th, marks the 10th birthday of Terminal Lance. In 2010, when I began this comic endeavor from Marine Corps Base Hawaii, I could have never known the impact it would have on the Marine Corps in the years to come, and the impact it would have on me as a person. This strip and the online community it has fostered over the years has taken me to places I would have never dreamed of, and I owe it all to the Marines that have read it for the last decade. Terminal Lance is and has always been about the Marines that read it. From day one, the goal of Terminal Lance has always been to give the lower enlisted Lance Corporals of the Marine Corps a voice. Much to the dismay of some higher-ups, I'm sure, I think we have succeeded. Funny comics, videos, pictures and stories from Lance Corporals across the Corps might seem arbitrary at this point, but believe it or not, there was no Terminal Lance before Terminal Lance. There wasn't a place for Marines to laugh with each other from all over the world, from every base and every place. Terminal Lance changed things, and there's no going back. Thank you all for giving me an opportunity to make you laugh… And stay tuned, there's more Terminal Lance to come. #terminallance #usmc #marines #marinecorps #military

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As for the Duty Doodle contest, look forward to the winners on Friday… Stay tuned.



Terminal Lance #534 “Standard Issue”

December 18, 2018

The Marine Corps issues its members a variety of gear and clothing associated with the position of killing for Uncle Sam. One of those that is rather understated is the luxurious, soft and shitty underbody of the Staff NCO. Upon reaching Staff NCO status—usually in your mid-to-late twenties and after popping out a few kids with your shotgun marriage wife from your Lance Corporal days—your body goes through some… changes.

This is most regularly expressed in the form of the dad-bod. The dad-bod is a specialized shape of male fitness provided by years of neglect and beer. All Staff NCO’s are typically given a dad-bod upon reaching the higher enlisted ranks.

…Or if they’re not, you’d certainly think they are.

I haven’t posted in a bit, but I’m sure if you follow Terminal Lance on other avenues you probably noticed the continuing drama between myself and the abstract social media policies at large of the Marine Corps. Simply put, I think the Marine Corps has (in typical Marine fashion) misunderstood the intent of the social media guidelines created in the wake of the Marines United scandal a couple of years ago.

What began in earnest as a way to protect women and other Marines against online harassment has spiraled into a dogmatic witch-hunt against any Marines appearing on social media for anything ever. Unit commanders get nervous, fearing that a video of a Marine doing something funny will get them in trouble. After all, everyone answers to someone. So, as a response, they do silly shit like demand that a video get taken down from a private, civilian-owned company under threat of revoking an entire battalion’s liberty on Thanksgiving.

For the record, I find this to be an outright act of cowardice and a disgrace to the Corps values that these people pretend to embody. That’s really all I can say about it, other than the fact that Terminal Lance’s social media policy is not the Marine Corps’ social media policy. Last week, a representative from the Marine Corps’ media relations offered to have a conversation with me about it, but when I called he never picked up or called me back.

Oh well.