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Your 21st Century Marine Corps – Same bloodthirsty killing machines, with a touch of class…

January 29, 2010

Marines “clarify” policy on sleeve tattoos:

The new regulation prohibits enlisted Marines with sleeve tattoos from becoming commissioned officers, even if the tattoos, which were banned in 2007, had been grandfathered in according to protocol. To the list of banned tattoos the regulation adds markings on the fingers, hands and wrists, tattoos inside the mouth, and tattoos visible in PT gear that are larger than a hand with fingers together and extended.

Hypocrisy or just plain stupid? The correct answer is both.  So let me get this straight, the entire reason for the existence of the Marines is to basically be scary and aggressive and kick the crap out of any nation, group or people that don’t respect our authoritah!  We train our marines to be killing machines, to shoot first and think later, to be as aggressive and fearless as possible in the face of imminent death, to cultivate a warrior image and a brotherhood with their fellow marines, a huge part of which has involved the acquisition of tattoos for decades upon decades.  Hmmm, sounds a lot like these guys, no?

So if I understand it correctly the Marines policy is to encourage soldier to look and act scary, but not too scary if you ever want to have a shot at advancing in your career, because no matter how talented you are as a solider, leader, tactician or otherwise, if you look too scary you wont be fit to lead a bunch of people that we encourage to be as scary as possible.  WHAT THE FUCK IS THAT?  That’s among the more insanely asinine, hypocritical double standards I have ever heard of.  What’s the problem? Arm sleeve tattoos just don’t look nice with army fatigues?  Even generals wear camouflage fatigues during press conferences.  The notion that a soldier with arm sleeve tattoos is any less fit to lead other scary tattooed killers than someone who doesn’t have sleeve tattoos strains credulity at best and is probably counter-intuitive at worst.  Of course this comes from the same geniuses that brought us “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,” so in honesty I have no idea why I find this surprising.  I bet half the assholes that supported this idiotic policy have tattoos themselves.  Good job Marines, way to arbitrarily and unnecessarily limit the pool of potential future leadership within your organization with functionless, brainless regulations.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 6, 2010 7:06 pm

    Great commentary on the idiots who decide policy in the Marines. Semper Fi to you!

  2. ken shortman permalink
    March 13, 2010 12:17 pm

    OORAH! you just sent chill down my devil dog spine and i love it.

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