The Battle Of The Marine Corps Essay

1614 Words Oct 30th, 2015 null Page
On a recent trip to Idyllwild, where I take veterans each fall as they leave the military for college, every climactic altercation ended with the same thing: Army Vet 1 - "You know it 's true." Marine Vet 1 - "Shut the fuck up unless you have a Combat Action Ribbon." Me - "Shut the fuck up unless you have 5 combat tours." Yes, that was me... and recently. One thing you have to know is that if we accept white / black / Mexican / Asian as "races" then the military itself is a microcosm of races; Marine, Soldier, Sailor, Airman, and Guardsman are races that always vying for the top rung on the ladder of the military. While in this microcosm there are still many of the same issues as the rest of the world such as theft, sexual assault, and suicide - racism is something that is very hard to find inside of the Marine Corps. Marines are taught from the time they are little recruits that you are not white/black/brown, you are green and so is everyone else. To a Marine, racism is a passing joke at the smoke pit while taking a break from work. Racism is something used as dumb humor because it is a ludicrous notion to them that someone is different simply because of the color of their skin. With racism a non-issue, Marines have found a way to discriminate amongst themselves with the biggest contradiction of the Corps: Being a "real" Marine. In order to delve in to the notions of what it means to be a "real Marine" and the problems associated with that, we must attempt to gain the…

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