A Message To The Marines – We Have To Win – We Will Win

first published on October 6, 2016 by

The Commandant of the Marine Corps released a message to all of his Marines. We have to win, no matter the cost. We will win.

Throughout the ages, there has always been a debate between Marines. There has, and always will be, the battle between the old corps, and the new corps. Old Marines will always call the young Marines soft, and it reminds me of a story I once heard from a wise company commander when I was in 1st Battalion 2nd Marines.

The Marine Corps was born in Tun Tavern. The first Marine was a recruiter. He had the impossible mission of finding capable men and bringing them into the Corps. The Marines, having no storied history and success in battle yet, were about to climb a very tough road. This recruiter, thought to himself I have to adapt and overcome, or I’m never going to get promoted. So he did exactly that.

He stood outside of Tun Tavern holding a sign that read Join the Marines today, and you’ll get one free beer. Inquire inside. Within 30 minutes, the recruiter had his first poolee. When he brought the man inside, he sat him down and busted out his little placard cards. He told the potential recruit, “If you sign up for the Marine Corps today, you’ll get one free beer. On top of this, I can promise you at least two deployments. You’ll sail around the world, meet a lot of random women, drink a lot of beer, and help defend this great nation.” The recruit liked the sound of this, so he signed up, got his free beer, and went and had a seat at the bar as the second Marine.

The recruiter, having an insane quota to fill, went back outside with his sign. After 3 hours of trying to sell the Marine Corps to potential recruits, no one would bite. So he did what any rational Marine would do, and he increased his free beer count. Join the Marines, and you’ll get two free beers. Inquire inside. Within ten minutes of putting up the new sign, he had his second potential recruit.

He brought the new guy inside and gave him the same speech. “If you sign up for the Marine Corps today, you’ll get two free beers. On top of this, I can promise you at least two deployments. You’ll sail around the world, meet a lot of random women, drink a lot of beer, and help defend this great nation.” The recruit was sold. He was the third Marine. The recruiter walked him over to the bar, ordered his two beers, and sat him next to the second Marine. This is when the rivalry was born.

Within a few minutes of being mean mugged by the second Marine, the third Marine asks “Hey dude, what in the world is your problem? We’re both Marines, we should be friends, sailors of the sea, together defending this nation!” Without hesitation the second Marine looked the new Marine up and down and responded, “Back in my day, we only got one beer, you damn boot.”

Old Corps, New Corps, it doesn’t matter as long as it’s the Marine Corps. Marines have a mission, and we will stand behind our newest generation as long as they are willing to uphold the missions of our corps. Make Marines, and win our nation’s battles. Semper Fidelis.

Note: Video courtesy of the United States Marine Corps.