Anonymous asked: Being a marine is the only thing is this world that i want but after going to paris island and finding out that i have scoliosis so bad that i could not remain in training; that i would have two wait two years before i can reenlist. i guess my question is what do i call myself? do i deserve when people ask me about my past to say i was in the marines for month but didnt make it? am i worthy enough to wear an eagle globe and anchor tattoo? what do i call myself now that im not even a poolee?
Most Marines agree that once you’ve graduated Marine Corps Recruit Training or Officer Candidates School you have earned the title Marine.
Anything before that is a wash and you call yourself a civilian.
Idk if whoever asked this will ever read this, but i hope you do. that must have been really heartbreaking and i have a lot of sympathy & respect for you. i’d say if you get the tattoo, get it somewhere not immediately visible so that you aren’t having to constantly explain yourself and relive the disappointment. best wishes! (i’m not a marine so idk why the fuck i’m answering “ask a marine” questions, just showing some support)