I am learning what a tremendous gift it is to be a Marine; choosing to emphasize the values, qualities, and bonds that characterize Marines; and exploring what the true meaning of Service is.
The “Esprit d’Corps” that binds those who answer the call to Service, whom the Drill Instructors so effectively mold into one of the most effective fighting forces the world has known, does not end after Active and Reserve Duty.
The phrase “Once a Marine, Always a Marine” was simply the dawning of a deeper, fuller understanding of what the day-to-day journey of being a Marine is. Now I see that choosing to Serve those to the left and right of me is an experience that ties me to all of my brothers and sisters: a Mission that I call “One Marine, All Marines.”
Life is a battlefield. Up until recently, most of us had been acting as if the end of active duty was the end of our service, despite echoes of the Espirit d’Corps calling in our bones, binding us together still, beyond honorable discharge. Anyone who has seen two or more Marines discover each other has witnessed the way we Marines “geek out” over each other in civilian life. The call is so strong that many of us have created “Rally Points” where we may regroup to patrol the landscapes of our community. Discharging Marines now have the Marine For Life Network. While the Old Corps Marine Corps League opens their Mission for refinement, some seek to support each other with a National Marine Corps Business Network. Still others give their motivation to those within the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Young Marines, and the Veteran’s Administration. In any number of enterprises across our land, the Marines gather, more often now, seeking answers to what Calls us to Service when our obligation is over. What Hole is left unfulfilled?
Does it mean banding together to be politically active? How could we? We protected all Americans.
Do we keep traditions alive, honor the fallen, and support those who, giving in their strength, are now weak in mind, body, or spirit? Yes, and much more than I can relate here and now.
Seeing Marines heeding The Call resonating beneath the Oo-rah, I began to contemplate launching a Marine-centered podcast to explore what tethers Marines together. What better way than to invoke that most basic of shelters from time out of mind, the fighting hole?
“In The Fighting Hole,” together, we can share our rations of life, and get into this thing. This bond. This Once a Marine, Always a Marine. We say, “Semper Fidelis” to each other, “Always Faithful.” Let One Marine hear your stories, thoughts, dreams, goals, fears, and fights, and broadcast it out to all Marines. Let’s preserve them in the record for future Marines. We may not be fancy, but if it is one thing we have, it is the heart. I am putting all of my heart into these Marines, join me as we discover where it goes in the 1st episode, ” Into My Fighting Hole, I Go.” The podcast is about you, but before you share with me, let me share how this One Marine got into his fighting hole for All Marines.