At a glance you may think Marines find this article offensive. On the contrary, our general response to such criticism is usually: “That’s right, it sucks to be a Marine and you can’t hack it. So run along sally.”
In all fairness, the author rates the Marine Corps last if your priority is to learn a marketable skill set to use in later civilian life. The Corps has always been pretty frank with potential recruits. We don’t advertise college educations, trade skills, great pay, or any of that nonsense. Our thing has always been we do the things others are unwilling or incapable of doing and maybe you can be one of us. Maybe.
In the past I have recommended to a number of young people they join the Coast Guard. If you want there to be no doubt in your mind you are doing something for America every day, then the Coast Guard is for you. They do plenty of good work executing rescue operations, drug interdiction, and anti-terrorism type of stuff along the shores of our fine nation. Not a bad way to spend your time in my opinion.
Now if you want to be part of a premier warrior tradition known far and wide and are willing to endure the toughest conditions (and sometimes the dumbest) then the Corps might be up your alley. If you are unwilling to do those things required to represent the world’s finest United States Marine Corps, then you should investigate other options.
Besides, do you really think it’s worth getting in a twist because some milquetoast with a two year stint in the Army thinks the Marine Corps is too hardcore?