It’s Official! Once a Marine, Always a Marine!

“A Marine is a Marine. I set that policy two weeks ago – there’s no such thing as a former Marine. You’re a Marine, just in a different uniform and you’re in a different phase of your life. But you’ll always be a Marine because you went to Parris Island, San Diego or the hills of Quantico. There’s no such thing as a former Marine.”

~Commandant of the Marine Corps, General James F. Amos


To clarify, my good buddy and combat Marine Marion Sturkey wrote in his book “Warrior Culture of the U.S. Marines;

Once the title, United States Marine, has been earned, it is retained forever. The enlisted and commissioning oaths are never rescinded.

Marines fall into five categories:

  • Active Duty Marines
  • Retired Marines
  • Marine Veterans
  • Reserve Marines
  • Dead Marines
  • General James F. Amos
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