“Old breed? New breed? There’s not a damn difference so long as it’s the Marine breed.”
Many have doubts, but I do not. The Marine breed will never die.
One can make generalities about the military as a whole, but that does not represent each facet of the green machine.
“To the everlasting glory of the infantry.”
Marines are killers.
The infantry is made up of individuals lucky enough to have the chance to make a difference through violence when all other options have failed. We fight evil although evil is in all of our hearts. Marines learn to control the monster inside us all.
Marines are controlled killers.
Only kill when you have to, but this notion of it making us “better” to wait to be shot at needs to never exist again. Marines need both arms, feet, and mouth unmuzzled to be most effective, after all, there’s nothing deadlier than a Marine and his rifle.
“Come on you son’s of bitches, do you want to live forever?”
We’re all going to die, what are you going to do with your life to better this broken world before you push daisies?
Believe what you want about the reasons as to why we were/are in the Middle East and how it was managed, I get it, but we made a difference. It’s out of our control when our leaders make boneheaded decisions that are obvious to most five year olds.
We made a difference.
Every time we gave up a part of our soul overseas, we protected dozens more back home.
This isn’t pro-war, this is pro-Marines.
We’re better than the other branches and we know it.
We get more done with less.
Marines fight because we think it’s fun.
We drink more than humanly possible and have the NJP’s to prove it.
We’ve killed from the shores of Tripolli to wadi’s in Helmand.
Our uniforms—enough said.
Marines make problematic souls God’s problem; we just arrange the meeting.
We know war and war knows us.
The Marine breed will never die.
Make a difference.
Happy birthday, killers.
“Goodnight, Chesty Puller, wherever you are.”
Jared Prewitt is a husband, father, marine, author, carpenter/teacher/coach, and lover of great stories.
Jared was a Sergeant in the Marine Corps with 1st Battalion, 6th Marines based out of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. He participated in the Battle of Ramadi (Iraq) as a Designated Marksman from 2006-2007 and as a Squad Leader in the Battle of Garmsir (Afghanistan) in 2008.
After being honorably discharged in 2009 having served five years, Jared moved to Colorado and married in 2011. He has a Bachelor’s in Business and a Masters in Writing. You can find him bowling, golfing, camping, hunting, or fishing when he’s not around his family.
Check out his other work on Instagram @cold_steel_collective or at www.jareprewittwritesstuff.com.
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