Chronic Marine Syndrome

I've discovered a disease called Chronic Marine syndrome. This condition affects men and women of all ages.

Symptoms to look for are:

1. Pride in oneself and the organization they represent.
2. A strong willingness to put in extra attention to detail to get the job done.
3. May wear articles of Marine clothing; T-shirts, jackets, watches, well into their 80's.
4. Will not hesitate to stand up and put their hand over their heart, or even salute when the National Anthem is played or the National colors pass by.
5. Does not succumb easily to political correctness.
6. Is sure of who they are.
7. Is often either respected or hated by others, due to their abilities and talents.
8. May donate toys to needy kids at Christmas.
9. Some have been known to wear their hair in a high and tight well into their 90's.
10. Will look you in the eye when talking to you.
11. Will give you a firm handshake.
12. Knows what honor, courage and commitment mean.
13. Can usually be found in some type of leadership position in whatever organization they work for.
14. Will often regard their drill instructors with the same respect as their parents.
15. Often found in either law enforcement or various professions.
16. Is extremely thorough at what they do.
17. Does not wear a bunch of patches to adorn their uniform. Their title of Marine is often sufficient.
18. Often arrives at work earlier than expected. If they wear a shirt and tie in their job, you might see the tie clip centered between the third and fourth button.
19. Are often trained at one of two places; Parris Island or San Diego.
20. May be able to field strip their rifle, up to 60 years after leaving active duty.
21. Can recite the nomenclature of the M16, M14, or M1.
22. May often have his pencils sharpened to a perfect precision point.

Other symptoms include willingness to take on a challenge and maintaining a positive attitude in the face of adversity.

Yes, chronic Marine syndrome is real, and very hard to treat. The person with this condition often utters phrases such as Once a Marine always a Marine, or ooohrah. Some may even say Semper Fi on many occasions. It is best if you know someone with this condition to just leave them be. These people tend to be fiercely loyal to the Marine Corps.

Folks, this condition, although not curable can be treated. Some successful treatments have included

1. Frequent visits to the base where they last served or looking at their Marine memorabilia.
2. Get them around other Marines to help them flourish. They need other Marines who have shared the same experiences.
3. Have them get memberships in organizations such as the Marine Corps League, Marine Corps Association, or have them join
4. Some may require extra special attention such as buying items from or watching movies about the Marine Corps; this is only natural and nothing to be afraid of.

Whatever you do, remember that Chronic Marine Syndrome must be managed carefully. In Costa Rica, a young man attempted to mug a 70 year old retired Marine, who had advanced stages of chronic Marine Syndrome; it wasn't pretty, the mugger was killed.

Remember folks, Chronic Marine Syndrome is real, while there may not be a cure, we can live with it.

Any questions, please see your local Marine, or go to 1-800-IMA-Marine for more information.

Thank you for your time.

Warning: Risks of chronic Marine syndrome may include sever ass whoopings to those who attempt to start a fight with Marines. Remember not everyone gets this condition; onset often occurs after being given the title Marine, since a select few earn this title, not everyone will develop chronic Marine syndrome.

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