Terminal Lance #503 “All Your Base: Bridgeport”

February 6, 2018

Those of you that were keeping up with my ongoings on Instagram and otherwise probably noticed that I spent a few days over at the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center in Bridgeport, California last week. The mountain was cold and the Marines were absolutely miserable, just as god intended.

I had the pleasure of hanging out with infantry battalions 2/5, 3/8 and 1/6 while I was up there, and they all hated their lives about as much as you can imagine when you have to sleep in the cold, shit in a bucket, and melt snow for water for two weeks. Even having experienced month-long excursions to Camp Wilson for Mojave Viper myself, I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen Marines as absolutely soul-crushed as I did when I was up there. If I recall correctly, the battalions had about 30 Marines drop to either BAS or the emergency room while I was there. Everything from frostbite, traumatic brain injuries from slipping on the ice, and suicide attempts seemed to be commonplace there.

It was as depressing as you can imagine, and I did my best to brighten up the Marines while I was there. Eating MRE’s and tray rats for a few days definitely took me back to a place I really didn’t miss. With that said, I absolutely slept in a toasty VIP tent the whole time, because I stopped doing real Marine shit a long time ago. However, even I was ready to get the hell out of there after two nights on the mountain.

The shit buckets care not for your misery.

On a sidenote, I want to say thanks to everyone on the base at Bridgeport and the Marines training there for letting me hang out and harass them for a few days. The NCO and SNCO instructors (red hats) on the mountain were a great bunch of guys and I appreciate them taking care of me up there. As well, shout out to Burrito and Davey, my ComCam battle buddies for hanging out with me for a few days.

With that said, my award for favorite Marine goes to this hard charger with 1/6 Bravo Co. from Mayo, South Carolina.

1/6 Bravo Co. keeping it motivated for survival night in Bridgeport (with TL creator @tlcplmax). #terminallance #military #marinecorps #marines #usmc

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On another side note, I’ll be live tomorrow morning at 10am with Pin-Ups for Vets to talk about the upcoming Terminal Lance Ultimate Omnibus! Check out Pin-Ups for Vets here and stay tuned for the live chat tomorrow!



Terminal Lance “New Joins”

January 6, 2017

Well it’s finally happened you guys. Yesterday, the first female infantry Marines checked into 1st Battalion, 8th Marines at Camp Lejeune.

Now they finally get to understand the prestige of being a grunt in the United States Marine Corps. They’ll get to do such intense physical activities as standing by in their rooms or cleaning weapons at the armory for 7 hours for no particular reason. They’ll spend a bunch of time standing around waiting for formations because First Sergeant and the CO are always late. They’ll completely stop giving a fuck about their careers after a couple of years and do the bare minimum to pass PFT’s and ranges because they just don’t care anymore and their cutting score is fucked anyway.

Welcome to being a grunt.

You’ve earned it.

It’s been a long and controversial journey, one that I don’t think is ultimately going to really change much of anything in the long run, despite keyboard scholars proclaiming otherwise. I was in the Marine Corps infantry myself, and I can tell you that it isn’t spec-ops. Not every grunt can fireman carry another 250 lb Marine in full gear. I had a Marine in my platoon that weighed 120 lbs soaking wet, and there’s no way he could have carried me or anyone else out of a danger zone.

However, there’s ten-thousand other things this Marine could have done in that situation, such as operate a radio or a machine-gun. So don’t worry, the gruntpocalypse isn’t happening quite yet, I’m sure.

We’ll see if these changes stick with the incoming administration, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they don’t. But who knows! If you’re with 1/8 and you have some insight on this story, please shoot me an email off the record and let me know how it’s going.