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Ernie's House of Whoopass! November 10, 2011
November 10, 2011

Happy Birthday United States Marine Corps.

On 10 November, 1775, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Captain Samuel Nicholas designated two battalions of Continental Marines in as naval infantry. Since then, the mission of the Marine Corps has evolved with changing military doctrine and American foreign policy. The Marine Corps has served in every American armed conflict and attained prominence in the 20th century when its theories and practices of amphibious warfare proved prescient and ultimately formed the cornerstone of the Pacific campaign of World War II. By the mid-20th century, the Marine Corps had become the dominant theorist and practitioner of amphibious warfare. Its ability to rapidly respond on short notice to expeditionary crises gives it a strong role in the implementation and execution of American foreign policy. The United States Marine Corps includes just under 203,000 active duty Marines and just under 40,000 reserve Marines.

United States Marine Corps Recruit Training, commonly known as "boot camp", is a program of initial training that each recruit must successfully complete in order to join the United States Marine Corps. All enlisted individuals entering the Marine Corps, regardless of eventual active or reserve duty status, will undergo recruit training at one of the two Marine Corps Recruit Depots (MCRD): Parris Island, South Carolina, or San Diego, California. Male recruits from the 8th, 9th and 12th recruiting districts (predominantly areas west of the Mississippi River) are sent to MCRD San Diego. Male recruits from 1st, 4th and 6th recruiting districts, as well as all female recruits, are sent to Parris Island. Marines generally hold that their recruit training is the most physically and mentally difficult amongst the Uniformed Services, often by citing that it is longer than the other branches, requires a more demanding Physical Fitness Test (PFT), and has the strictest height and weight standards. Furthermore, only the Marines require 500 yard marksmanship qualification, while other branches require significantly less.

Jason Lee Dunham was a Corporal in the United States Marine Corps who earned the Medal of Honor while serving with 3rd Battalion 7th Marines during the Iraq War. While on a patrol in Husaybah, his unit was attacked and he deliberately covered an enemy grenade to save nearby Marines. When it exploded Dunham was seriously injured and died eight days later. Dunham is the first Marine to receive the Medal of Honor for actions in the War on Terror, and the first Marine to receive the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War.

Here the Commandant of the Marine Corps and Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps present the 236th Marine Corps birthday message and honor the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, and how the events shaped the lives of Marines past and present.

And don't forget: being today is the UMC's birthday, tonight is the USMC Birtday Ball, so it's time for Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake to pay the piper. Timberlake will be accompanying Corporal Kelsey DeSantis, and Kunis is the date of Sergeant Scott Moore. And in case anyone wants to send those Marine pictures around, but do so in a safe-for-work setting, I put them all on a single page here.

7 FALSE MARINE RUMORS: 1. The ACLU objected to a U.S. Marine prayer session because it constituted "federal employees praying on federal property and on federal time." 2. Marines in training must murder a pet or a family member to be admitted to the Corps. 3. A Charley's Grilled Subs outlet in Stockton, California, refused service to two U.S. Marines. 4. A Marine serving in Bosnia subjected a French officer to a verbal chiding (unfortunately). 5. Marines surreptitiously failed to observe the proper protocol in saluting President Clinton all throughout his eight years in office. 6. Forty Marines rescued children from a Pentagon daycare facility on 9/11, then enclosed them in a protective corral of cribs. 7. Actor Don Knotts once served as a drill instructor in the U.S. Marines.

No military in the world sees more action in more places than the United States Marine Corps. The average marine has been in at least two combat engagements per year since 1775. As a result, the Marine Corps' close combat program has been incorporating techniques from the various countries they've killed people in, culminating in the "Marine Corps Martial Arts Program," or "MCMAP." Among the marines themselves, though, it is known as 'Semper Fu,' which is a name even Max Fightmaster could be proud of. The modern program also teaches the use of improvised weapons, bayonets, and parts of the gun other than the bullets. Before MCMAP came along, the marines had something called the LINE System (Linear Infighting Neural Override Engagement) which was invented in the 1980s. MCMAP was formed in 2001 because marines were increasingly being used in situations that didn't require them to kill their opponents, and that was the only thing LINE was good for. Now, when you use a MCMAP move on someone, each move typically has the option to utterly destroy whatever body part you have in your hands or just put it in excruciating pain... or both, thus leading to a kinder, friendlier Marine Corps that only sometimes kills you.

7 TRUE MARINE RUMORS: 1. City of Berkeley tells Marines its recruiting office is not welcome. 2. An automobile belonging to a Marine and bearing military vanity plates was defaced in Chicago. 3. A U.S. Marine was refused service at a convenience store in Fort Worth, Texas. 4. Tampon used to stanch deadly wound saves Marine's life (sorta). 6. Photograph shows a defiantly-posed U.S. Marine injured in a bomb blast in Iraq. 7. U.S. Marine Corporal Derek Wyatt was killed in Afghanistan just before his wife gave birth to a son. 8Photograph shows Marines in Iraq spelling out the phrase "9-11 We Remember."

Generation Kill is a 2008 HBO television miniseries based on the book of the same name by Evan Wright about his experience as an embedded reporter with the USMC's 1st Reconnaissance Battalion during the 2003 invasion of Iraq. (holy crap, that was eight years ago?) You want to know how you know this is good? Co-written and produced by the folks behind The Wire. Does anything else really need to be said? It had a huge ensemble cast, with 28 stars and a raft of supporting cast members. It really pushed to show the events of the war as not a simple black and white, good and evil set of events, but rather as a complex situation, with complex people. Yeah, the marines are brash and jackasses, but they’re also mostly good people. Short on bullshit, long on awesome, it’s a great series. And one scene ranks #8 on the 10 most shocking moments in the history of HBO.

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