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My friend and I went to the mall today and we went into the Build a Bear and saw these two Marines making a USMC bear and I worked up the courage to ask for a picture of them and their bear and they were totally cool about it and joked with us and it totally made my day.

Fucking boots.

^^^^ I was ready to reblog and add “fucking boots” but I kept scrolling down and found someone else already did it.


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Asker cplusmcdog Asks:
Ok to this is clear to civis. Don't ask us where we are located, asking our MOS...... Eh some of us can't say. What the fuck would you get from knowing that? And to ask behind a greyie.. Fuck off. I loathe seeing people ask Marines where they're located. WTF...
turtletot43 turtletot43 Said:


Thank you lol.

I’m gonna have to disagree with this rant.

Look, you maintain a blog and obviously share enough information that people know you are a Marine. You also have made the choice to allow anonymous messaging.

A lot of curious askers are either poolees who just want to talk to someone in a job field they might be joining, or family members who are overly excited about what their Marine does. Some of them are just fucking weirdos.

How about this, so it’s clear to Marines: if you aren’t comfortable answering something, don’t. No one is forcing you to answer.

If you are that upset about being asked such questions, you should consider turning off anon or stop blogging. Being so upset about a fairly natural line of questioning, makes you sound like this:

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Asker Anonymous Asks:
Recently I have highly considered enlisting into the Marines. However with many people discouraging women in combat roles it worries me that I should not even attempt. Can you provide any advice on this?
turtletot43 turtletot43 Said:

I guess that’s two decisions that you have to make: 1) What job do you want, because if you aren’t stuck on the idea of being ground combat forces, then what does it matter?

2) More importantly, are you willing to let people talking crap about women in a completely different job field discourage you from joining an entire branch? Like, you seriously wouldn’t even try because it’s discouraged? If that’s the case, then you must not want it very badly.

You can spend your entire life letting other people’s opinions about what you should or shouldn’t do dictate your every decision. Or you can live the life that you chose to live. Up to you.

I’ve seen women make it in the Marines having to overcome massive family catastrophes, teen pregnancies, major injuries. I know a Captain who went through OCS five times because the first four attempts resulted in breaking a leg. These are five separate attempts. Five intensive application and selection periods. Five Training Day 0’s. Four failures. Despite the social climate, 13 young women have succeeded in infantry training, which has never been open to women. These are women who wanted to be Marines. They wanted it in their bones. They couldn’t continue their lives until they earned it. I know women who have been repeatedly turned down for military service because of injuries and health issues, and they never stopped fighting to earn their place. These women would kill to have the chance just to try. 

And you don’t even want to make an attempt because women are still a questionable issue in combat roles. I would say you already quit, but it looks like you have no intention of starting.

You either want to be a Marine or you don’t. If you’re not even willing to try because someone discourages it, then you have your answer.

All Stars scrimmage at Torii Station Dec. 29, 2013.

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The Devil Dog Derby Dames scrimmage in preparation for a bout against the KRD Dollstars.

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Thanksgiving at Kajaki.

Photos by Cpl. Paul Peterson, USMC


In this gut-wrenching talk, Sergeant Andrew Chambers shares the haunting story of his time in Iraq and the tough transition home that landed him in jail. It’s a powerful testimony to the struggle our soldiers face when they come home, and the tragic ways that they can be denied the help they need. 

For any veterans who need help, you can find a list of resources here. Among them, the Wounded Warrior Project does outstanding work with wounded vets. 

For anyone looking to support a veteran, we encourage you to heed Chambers’ advice: "Find a veteran and listen to his story. A lot of us just need somebody to talk to." 

Watch the full talk here.

Reblogging because important.

Also to note that no, the Wounded Warrior Project DOES NOT do excellent work.

They have had consistently abysmal BBB and charity watch ratings. Those ratings have risen from abysmal to mediocre in recent years because of Charity Navigator. As in, they are making moderate efforts to clean up their act because they got caught. This does not make up for the millions upon millions of donations that have been lost to mismanagement. 

Even now, the majority of every dollar donated to them DOES NOT support service members and veterans. It supports high salaries for staff members and marketing.

Instead, check out this highly rated charities:

Semper Fi Fund

Fisher House

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America


Wounded Warrior Project is often confused with local Wounded Warrior Battalions.

These are active-duty military units dedicated to helping wounded service members and their families. They rely heavily on volunteer efforts. Contact your local VA or nearby base hospital to find out how to help these units.

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