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21 Photos That Reveal The Secret Life Inside The Marines

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As a Marine, it’s really hard to capture the hate and romance you feel for the Corps with a few images.

We hate the Marine Corps but Love our fellow . We would do anything for each other. It’s a brotherhood that is unmatched compared to anything I’ve experienced in my life.

From shitty living conditions, bullshit fuck-fuck games, standing by for hours for no apparent reason, shit gear that was apparently used in NAM, and an infinite list of other bullshit Marines deal with on a daily basis.

Part of me believes this is on purpose, to get us pissed as hell, so we want to deploy and fuck shit up.

Honestly, when I was still enlisted I’d rather be deployed than chilling back in North Carolina dealing with the BS. I’m sure this goes for most Marines stationed elsewhere.

While back in Garrison, we learned how to cope with the bullshit.

Whether it was getting shit faced drunk, playing ridiculous pranks on each other, gambling, strip clubs, fighting one another or just acting like complete morons. We learned to cope with the BS. Occupying our minds the best we could until we could deploy and do what we’ve been training to do.

I loved being deployed. I loved being shot at.

I loved going house to house with my brothers fucking shit up and doing what we trained to do.

I feel like nothing in my life will ever compare to those days.

The glory, the hardships, and dealing with the pain of putting your best friends in the ground. I never felt so much hatred. I never felt so much pain. I never felt so much joy. I never felt more alive.

It’s an experience that’s hard to put into words and only those that served in the Marines will truly understand. I’ve tried to capture those moments with these photos.

Semper Fi brothers. You nasty savages, Warriors… My true brothers.

It All Started On Those Damn Yellow Footprints

After Joining the Military, I remember leaving MEPS in a White Van back in 2005. I told my family and girlfriend goodbye. Their eyes were filled with tears, but I was focused on the journey ahead. I was excited and extremely nervous the entire time.

There was only 4 of us in the van. Because you learn early on not many enlist in the Marines compared to the other branches. You were part of the rare few that dare take the challenge to become a Marine in the first place.

We made one stop to get the last meal we would have for 3 months at a normal restaurant. I’m pretty sure it was Golden Corral. I remember I couldn’t eat much. My anxiety was growing the closer we got to Parris Island.

Then out of nowhere the driver asks us to put on blindfolds. That way we wouldn’t see the way off the island from what I remember. This is when I started questioning my decision to become a Marine.

Then the van stopped. He told us good luck and the DI was on his way. The DI opened the Door and all Hell broke loose. That was the first moment that would begin my transformation from a

He told us good luck and the DI was on his way. The DI opened the Door and all Hell broke loose. That was the first moment that would begin my transformation from a 17-year-old boy into a Marine.

A warrior capable of things I never imagined.

It All Started On The Yellow Foot Prints

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Shitty Barracks Haircuts

I remember when a bunch of lance corporals and myself thought it would be a good idea to buy some trimmers and give ourselves haircuts. We thought we would save tons of money by doing this.

Some how I got volunteered to be the barracks barber. I gave everyone in my squad a cut and I thought I did a good job. The next morning during formation our Platoon Sgt had a field day with us. He asked who the fuck gave you these haircuts? I replied: I did Sgt…

Boy did we have a bad morning and never got barracks cuts again.

Barracks Cuts

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Everything’s A Pillow to A Marine

One thing that Marines do best is our ability to sleep anywhere. When we have any down time at all we will just pass out. It doesn’t matter where. We will make the best of the situation.

Like using a bottle for a pillow. I’ve actually used many empty bottles as pillows while in the Corps.

Hell, I recently used one while hiking at Zion National Park. Adapt and overcome.

Everything's A Pillow

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Marines Do The Weirdest Things

If there is one thing Marines excel at it’s acting up and just being downright ridiculous. It’s how we pass the time and deal with the BS.

It’s how we pass the time and deal with the BS.

Marines are Fashionable

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A Marines Love is Eternal





Hey! There is nothing wrong with a little man love.

Look it’s not about being politically correct. Marines do weird shit that most people would think is gay. I think it’s just a guy thing in general, but Marines take it to the next level. Just like the saying goes. It’s only gay if your balls touch.

 

Marine Corps Brotherhood

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Chicks Dig Marines In Dress Blues

It’s true! Ladies love a Marine in Uniform. Well, as long as you are far from a Marine Corps base that is. I remember being in Athens GA during the Marine Corps Birthday. Holy hell! We had to beat the broads off us! Not to mention all the free drinks we got… Words of advice Marines. Go to the nearest college town during the Marine Corps Birthday. You’re Welcome!

I remember being in Athens GA during the Marine Corps Birthday. Holy hell! We had to beat the broads off us! Not to mention all the free drinks we got… Words of advice Marines. Go to the nearest college town during the Marine Corps Birthday. You’re Welcome!

Words of advice Marines. Go to the nearest college town during the Marine Corps Birthday. You’re Welcome!

Ladies Love the Marines

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MCI’s Ain’t Nobody Got Time for That

If there is one crux that stops most Marines from getting promoted it’s completing their MCI’s. These are tests Marines take that go toward promotion. Most Marines just gaff these off and don’t give a flying F&CK if they ever complete them.

Most Marines just gaff these off and don’t give a flying F&CK if they ever complete them.

Marine Corps MCI's

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Marines Live Chow to Chow

We love chow time. Hell, it’s how I made it through boot camp. No matter how stupid things got I always knew we would get to eat chow. It’s one of the most important times of day for Marines.

No matter how stupid things got I always knew we would get to eat chow. It’s one of the most important times of day for Marines.

Marines Love Chow Time

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Marines Survive On MRE

If there is one thing I don’t miss it’s MRE’s. I don’t even know how many I’ve eaten. What I do remember is the pain it caused once they left my body. I remember how we looked like packs of wild animals scavenging boxes to find that damn mac and chili MRE.

What I do remember is the pain it caused once they left my body. I remember how we looked like packs of wild animals scavenging boxes to find that damn mac and chili MRE.

Marines Live Off MRE's

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Sleeves So Tight Your Arms Turn Purple

Marines love tight sleeves. Sometimes we roll them too tight and we need assistance getting our blouse off.

Rolling too many times causes your arms to almost look purple. Your sleeves acting as a temporary tourniquet.

Marines Roll Mad Tight Sleeves


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15 Comments
  1. Reply
    criolle johnny May 29, 2015 at 12:45 AM

    Meal Ready to Eat
    Three lies for the price of one.
    As true as it ever was.

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    John Lawrence June 3, 2015 at 10:43 AM

    You nailed it! Pictures and your comments told the entire story.

    0311

    1858XXX

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    SGT P June 3, 2015 at 3:51 PM

    Thanks John! Semper Fi

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    olga June 4, 2015 at 1:54 PM

    wow, I”am a Marine Mom, crying reading and watching the images, most of you say is
    what I heard from my son and he is only been there one year , any advice based on your experience I will appreciate very much thanks for sharing experience with us, God Bless you

  5. Reply
    SGT P June 4, 2015 at 7:05 PM

    Hi Olga,

    The best advice I can give you is to provide him support. He may need you most when he gets out of the Marines. Transitioning back to the civilian world is one of the hardest things most vets deal with.

    Be patient, be proud, and be supportive.

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    0352 June 6, 2015 at 8:48 AM

    And since you said “God bless”,I would caution you to be very patient and understanding. He is a SHEEP DOG now and he will never totally be a sheep again, but he will still run with the flock.

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    Cpl. Simoneaux June 6, 2015 at 11:46 AM

    Nailed it! My brother before me, myself and now my son all Marines. Semper Fidelis brother!

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    Uncle Jaco June 6, 2015 at 7:51 PM

    Unfortunetely too few will ever experirce what you did. If they had they would understand that freedom is not free. Thank you for your service. We may not agree with our politicians when they decide to send us to war, but a serviceman, particularly a Marine, does not question why he/she just moves out. Treasure your service it has already made you a better and stronger person. We could mot be prouder of you. Jaco and Dolores

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    Cpl N June 6, 2015 at 9:11 PM

    “If it don’t suck, we don’t do it…” LOL

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    jeannie June 7, 2015 at 12:08 AM

    Came upon this site accidentally looking for my nephew.after the first sentence I couldn’t stop reading.it is awesome,you should try to go deeper and write a book.if not start a blog for all the unrecognized soldiers out there. The closest I have come to war is my mom,native south Wales England.she and her mom worked in a bomb factory ( she suffered ptsd all her life)against the Germans.my great grandfather was a bombardier. I just lost my mom 12/23/14 and this brought back memories from stories she told, still in my mind.thank you for your personal sacrifices,and god bless……Jeannie

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    samuel cordova August 19, 2015 at 8:53 PM

    10 years later still praying for the young Marines and their parents, and loved one . Of I will the fallen that served with my son in Iraq. I will never forget them . God Bless them all. S.C.

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    samuel cordova August 19, 2015 at 8:56 PM

    Sorry was crying at the time I wrote my comment, what can I say. Just a father Praying for our troops.

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    Brendan Henson September 1, 2015 at 2:14 PM

    Im studying for the ASVAB and I want to be a Marine, thanks for the website

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    Kathy March 3, 2016 at 10:42 PM

    I would like to get a release to paint some of your site’s pictures. Who do I contact?
    Thanks for a Quick Response

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    motowiredawg August 26, 2016 at 11:49 AM

    ewrah

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