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27th Apr '18 6:58:22 AM foxley
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* In ''Film/ScarecrowSlayer'', Gavin and his frat boys refer to themselves as 'The Marines'. Other characters are at pains to point out that they are not actually Marines. It seems they are members of the ROTC.
20th Apr '18 8:03:45 PM GarrulousTiger
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* ''A Rumor of War'' (1977) by Philip Caputo, a Marine who served in UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar from 1965-66, describes in detail the author's reasons for joining the Corps and experiences in boot camp before shipping out. Among other things, Caputo recalls having to utter a chant about the Corps' invincibility before every meal, ending with "Gung-ho, gung-ho, gung-ho! [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor Pray for war]]!"


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* ''Series/TheVietnamWar'' (2017) features commentary from a number of Marine veterans, including Karl Marlantes and Philip Caputo, who later became best-selling authors; Roger Harris, an African-American veteran who had to fight racism at home as well as Communists in Vietnam; William D. Ehrhart, whose early enthusiasm for the war completely vanished within months; and John Musgrave, a survivor of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder who now counsels other veterans who struggle with the same.
20th Apr '18 7:46:41 PM GarrulousTiger
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* The host of ''Series/TheSteveWilkosShow'' is a former Marine, and it shows in his moments of DrillSergeantNasty in dealing with guests who have committed child abuse or some other criminal wrongdoing. Especially if said guest happens to ''also'' be a Marine, in which case Wilkos will inform him/her in no uncertain terms that he/she is a disgrace to the Corps - for example, Damian in "Did My Boyfriend Download Child Porn?", who ultimately confessed to doing just that after feeding his girlfriend, and Wilkos, a baloney story about downloading a computer virus and being framed by law enforcement.

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* The host of ''Series/TheSteveWilkosShow'' is a former Marine, and it shows in his moments of DrillSergeantNasty in dealing with guests who have committed child abuse or some other criminal wrongdoing. Especially And if said guest happens to ''also'' be a Marine, in which case Wilkos Wilkos' [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech Reason You Suck Speeches]] will inform him/her in no uncertain terms that he/she is invariably include a disgrace to mention of how said guest has disgraced the U.S. Marine Corps - for example, through his/her actions (see: Damian in the episode "Did My Boyfriend Download Child Porn?", who ultimately confessed to doing just that after feeding Wilkos a line of crap through his girlfriend, and Wilkos, a baloney story about downloading a computer virus and being framed by law enforcement. entire appearance).
20th Apr '18 7:43:54 PM GarrulousTiger
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* The host of ''Series/TheSteveWilkosShow'' is a former Marine, and it shows in his moments of DrillSergeantNasty in dealing with guests who have committed child abuse or some other criminal wrongdoing. Especially if said guest happens to ''also'' be a Marine, in which case Wilkos will inform him/her in no uncertain terms that he/she is a disgrace to the Corps - for example, Damian in "Did My Boyfriend Download Child Porn?", who ultimately confessed to doing just that after feeding his girlfriend, and Wilkos, a line of baloney through his entire appearance.

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* The host of ''Series/TheSteveWilkosShow'' is a former Marine, and it shows in his moments of DrillSergeantNasty in dealing with guests who have committed child abuse or some other criminal wrongdoing. Especially if said guest happens to ''also'' be a Marine, in which case Wilkos will inform him/her in no uncertain terms that he/she is a disgrace to the Corps - for example, Damian in "Did My Boyfriend Download Child Porn?", who ultimately confessed to doing just that after feeding his girlfriend, and Wilkos, a line of baloney through his entire appearance.story about downloading a computer virus and being framed by law enforcement.
20th Apr '18 7:42:19 PM GarrulousTiger
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* The host of ''Series/TheSteveWilkosShow'' is a former Marine, and it shows in his moments of DrillSergeantNasty in dealing with guests who have committed child abuse or some other criminal wrongdoing. Especially if said guest happens to ''also'' be a Marine, in which case Wilkos will inform him/her in no uncertain terms that he/she is a disgrace to the Corps - for example, Damian in "Did My Boyfriend Download Child Porn?", who ultimately confessed to doing just that after feeding his girlfriend, and Wilkos, a line of baloney through his entire appearance.



* Heck, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-pfZWXxHLQ the official hymn of the U.S. Marine Corps]] (properly called simply "The Marines Hymn" but unofficially known as "The Halls of Montezuma") is a pretty heroic-sounding sound.

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* Heck, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-pfZWXxHLQ the official hymn of the U.S. Marine Corps]] (properly called simply "The Marines Hymn" but unofficially known as "The Halls of Montezuma") is a pretty heroic-sounding sound.sound, not to mention perhaps the ultimate in [[BraggingThemeTune Bragging Theme Tunes]].
20th Feb '18 3:38:28 AM Sjebens
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* Heck, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-pfZWXxHLQ the official hymn of the U.S. Marines Corp]] (properly called simply "The Marines Hymn" but unofficially known as "The Halls of Montezuma") is a pretty heroic-sounding sound.

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* Heck, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-pfZWXxHLQ the official hymn of the U.S. Marines Corp]] Marine Corps]] (properly called simply "The Marines Hymn" but unofficially known as "The Halls of Montezuma") is a pretty heroic-sounding sound.
8th Feb '18 5:16:39 PM foxley
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* In ''Film/DenOfThives'', Merriman and his crew are all former Marines who have gone FromCamouflageToCriminal. A big deal is made about how their military training discipline and training makes them far more organised and dangerous than your average gang of gangbangers.

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* In ''Film/DenOfThives'', ''Film/DenOfThieves'', Merriman and his crew are all former Marines who have gone FromCamouflageToCriminal. A big deal is made about how their military training discipline and training makes them far more organised and dangerous than your average gang of gangbangers.
8th Feb '18 5:15:52 PM foxley
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* In ''Film/DenOfThives'', Merriman and his crew are all former Marines who have gone FromCamouflageToCriminal. A big deal is made about how their military training discipline and training makes them far more organised and dangerous than your average gang of gangbangers.
29th Jan '18 4:23:56 PM Rmpdc
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* ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonorPacificAssault'' focuses on a squad of Marines going from Boot Camp all the way to Tarawa.

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** ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonorRisingSun'' has the first half of the game, from Pearl Harbor to Guadalcanal, focusing on the struggles of the US Marines in the early stages of the Pacific War.
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''VideoGame/MedalOfHonorPacificAssault'' focuses on a squad of Marines going from Boot Camp all the way to Tarawa.
1st Jan '18 9:42:21 AM eroock
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The earliest American Marines were based on their British counterparts, although the modern USMC is a quite different thing. For one, the Royal Marines are elite light infantry, whereas the USMC are primarily a shock force (with integral [[DeathFromAbove close air support]], [[MoreDakka artillery]], [[TankGoodness heavy armor]] and [[AwesomePersonnelCarrier motor transport]] abilities but oddly missing CombatMedic personnel[[note]]Medics are provided directly by the US Navy, in the form of Hospital Corpsmen. They are justifiably respected by their Marine comrades-in-arms, since they undergo most of the same training and carry the same kit, plus medical equipment.[[/note]]).

The present role of the USMC is to serve as a multipurpose rapid response force, so at any given time they are more likely to see action even in supposedly "peaceful" times. However, the original purpose of "marines" was to provide an onboard force of infantry for [[WoodenShipsAndIronMen wooden sailing vessels]], both to keep order among the crew, and to form the core of a BoardingParty when that was still a viable tactic in naval warfare. Before this, a ship's crew would be assumed to handle both their shipboard duties and fighting, but later they specialized into crew members who handled the ship and marines who handled the fighting. This distinction is, at the very least, OlderThanFeudalism: the [[UsefulNotes/TheRomanRepublic Roman Navy]] had several dedicated marine legions that could be deployed on ships or as auxiliary units on land. The current U.S. Marines still have their naval traditions, as well as patrolling with the world's largest amphibious fleet (by far) provided by the Navy to this day, but generally just consider themselves the first troops to go into the battle, wherever it is.

The U.S. Marine's official motto, "Semper Fidelis" means "Always Faithful" [[PretentiousLatinMotto in Latin]]. It is commonly shortened to "Semper Fi", hence the trope name.

If you happen to run across a now-civilian who served in the USMC, be careful that you don't address them as an ''ex-''Marine; that ignoble distinction is (usually) reserved for personnel who receive a dishonorable discharge from the Corps. In one Marine's words , "The only ex-Marines are Lee Harvey Oswald and Charles Whitman." The title of Marine is permanent once it is earned, as long as it is not revoked for dishonorable behavior. ''Former'' or ''Veteran'' Marine is preferred, though if you know it you can also use their last achieved rank before leaving the service. ''Retired'' Marine works too, depending on the context - it's kind of odd to refer to a 25-year-old currently working in the same place as you as "retired." The Marines' attitude is summed up by this statement: [[InItForLife "Once a Marine, always a Marine".]]

Don't call 'em "[[SoldierVsWarrior soldier]]". Most of 'em don't like that, either. Don't try debating them at it, either; it's a whole ''thing''. For that matter, actual soldiers (that is, those service-members who are in the US Army) will [[InterserviceRivalry take offense]] to you calling Marines "soldiers" as well, because "they ain't soldiers, they're just Marines."
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