On the outside..

The Dress Blues Alpha uniform for the Marine Corps is an entity within itself.  It is separate from the basic issue, meaning Marines have the option to buy/own the Blues coat.  
For Marines, putting on the blues is and event.  Fresh hair cut, clean body, trimmed nails, fresh shave…all for that moment of walking out into the world knowing you’re “that guy”….not a thread dangling, eagles wings parallel to the deck, ribbons are stacked with precise measurements, smudge free brass…you become a walking embodiment of all those recruiting commercials.
All the brainwashing of boot camp comes flooding back…walking taller, with purpose, pride, honor, a Marine.  When asked why I joined…fuck ya the Dress Blues.

The Dress Blues Alpha uniform for the Marine Corps is an entity within itself.  It is separate from the basic issue, meaning Marines have the option to buy/own the Blues coat.  

For Marines, putting on the blues is and event.  Fresh hair cut, clean body, trimmed nails, fresh shave…all for that moment of walking out into the world knowing you’re “that guy”….not a thread dangling, eagles wings parallel to the deck, ribbons are stacked with precise measurements, smudge free brass…you become a walking embodiment of all those recruiting commercials.

All the brainwashing of boot camp comes flooding back…walking taller, with purpose, pride, honor, a Marine.  When asked why I joined…fuck ya the Dress Blues.

Marine Corporal’s….YUUUT!  No better time than being a Corporal..

Marine Corporal’s….YUUUT!  No better time than being a Corporal..

I wish I could add this as my quote in my email signature.

I wish I could add this as my quote in my email signature.

I’ve been on that ship….used to be the USS Hornet back in the day.

I’ve been on that ship….used to be the USS Hornet back in the day.

How is it that you’re never in uniform when gunny walks around the corner?

How is it that you’re never in uniform when gunny walks around the corner?

During my first year in the fleet I was sent to Korea for a humanitarian mission.  While we where in county my unit went through the Republic of Korea (ROK) Marines mountain warfare leadership school at camp Mu Juk.  
While at the training we were billeted with the ROK Marines and established a few friendships between us and them.  Most evenings would end in some type of competition between us and them…usually soccer, usually after dinner chow, and right before bed.  
One night we finished our chow, spaghetti and meat sauce, and the chow marines informed another Corporal and I that they had two whole trays of spaghetti left. We decided to offer it to the ROK Marines, as they normally only got a rice ball and fish soup from their chow hall.  So we found the two of the ROK Marines NCO types and tried to explain to them that it was an offering from us, and for them to go feed their Marines well.  
Those two fucks took the two trays of chow to the tree line and proceed to eat most of it themselves!  They were eventually joined by a third and a fourth.  About 20mins later a ROK Marine officer comes out from the barracks, puts the platoon into  formation, then runs their ass up the mountain.  I can only imagine the amount of vomit produced by those two greedy fucks. 

During my first year in the fleet I was sent to Korea for a humanitarian mission.  While we where in county my unit went through the Republic of Korea (ROK) Marines mountain warfare leadership school at camp Mu Juk.  

While at the training we were billeted with the ROK Marines and established a few friendships between us and them.  Most evenings would end in some type of competition between us and them…usually soccer, usually after dinner chow, and right before bed.  

One night we finished our chow, spaghetti and meat sauce, and the chow marines informed another Corporal and I that they had two whole trays of spaghetti left. We decided to offer it to the ROK Marines, as they normally only got a rice ball and fish soup from their chow hall.  So we found the two of the ROK Marines NCO types and tried to explain to them that it was an offering from us, and for them to go feed their Marines well.  

Those two fucks took the two trays of chow to the tree line and proceed to eat most of it themselves!  They were eventually joined by a third and a fourth.  About 20mins later a ROK Marine officer comes out from the barracks, puts the platoon into  formation, then runs their ass up the mountain.  I can only imagine the amount of vomit produced by those two greedy fucks. 

Ummm yeah….it’s our monument, we can stand on it.

Ummm yeah….it’s our monument, we can stand on it.

How many Marines return to their hometown/high school…wearing Dress Blue Charlies…and want to scream, “I TOLD YOU!”..?  But are satisfied not saying anything, as the entire room is in awe simply to be in the presence of a United States Marine.  
That’s swag!

How many Marines return to their hometown/high school…wearing Dress Blue Charlies…and want to scream, “I TOLD YOU!”..?  But are satisfied not saying anything, as the entire room is in awe simply to be in the presence of a United States Marine.  

That’s swag!

"Cover…align!"  

"Cover…align!"  

…and then I shit my pants.

…and then I shit my pants.