How Do You Spot A Marine Corps veteran?
That is actually a really good question, but the answer isn’t going to be something amazing like; one of the things Marines don’t talk about, it is like “Fight Club”, and I’m going to go against all my brothers and sisters and will likely get shunned from being able to attend any further Grand Poobah meetings that are held at the Loyal Order of Water Buffaloes lodge, but screw it, here it goes.
One of the very last things recruits do at boot camp, just prior to graduation, is get embedded with a little RFID tag that allows other Marines to be able to spot them in a crowd…. Nah, that is just too far-fetched, and I don’t even believe that one. How about this one, in bootcamp Marines are taught a secret call, similar to a mating call of some types of birds. This call is above the normal audible range for most humans, except us Marines, and well the occasional dog. We are constantly emitting this call or signal if you will, so others around us know that we are in the presence of other Marines. Damn, that sounds too much like bullshit.
How about this one, in bootcamp we train to be able to emit a special pheromone, that can be detected by other Marines and available females. It has some stupid official name, but we simply call it “The Panty Dropper 1775” (1775was the first year it was used). This pheromone not only alerts other Marines of your presence, but as the name implies, when mixed with the Dress Blue uniform, it caused single women to subconsciously drop their panties. Well, that is more fantasy than reality.
In reality, Marines can generally pick out other Marines in a crowd. Don’t ask how we do it, it is a secret that it is taught in boot camp and only to the enlisted. We just seem to honestly have the ability to find other Marines, either by how they carry themselves, how they talk or act. We are very arrogant about being a Marine, just ask us and we will certainly let you know that we are indeed a Marine. That is why it is easy for most of us to pick out the stolen valor asshats. Marines are very proud to be called a Marine, it is something that we earned, it wasn’t bestowed upon us, it wasn’t something we bought, no, we earned that title though blood, sweat and tears and we raised out hand to support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America and that oath never expires.