- September 27, 2009
Don’t get pissed! Reenlist!
Funny thing about young Marines; sometimes they don’t “get it” until they actually commit themselves personally and professionally to our warrior culture. During their first enlistment they mostly gripe and moan about how they are tired of people telling them what to do and can’t wait to get out and grow their hair long. The idea that you can get a job on the outside and not have someone tell you what to do tickles me to no end and I never get tired explaining the concept that those who do not have a boss usually don’t have a paycheck either. The hair bit I can identify with though; I plan to spend my first 30 days of retirement not shaving.
Something happens to the Marine who recommits himself for another hitch though. I’m not talking about the ones who do it for an outrageous bonus or other bribery that some feel they are entitled to for reenlisting. I’m talking about young Americans like Cpl Byrnes who sported a mustache and pushed the limits of regulation haircuts right up until the moment he signed his name for another four years of honorable service.
When pressed about his new motivated look he responded that since he reenlisted he figured it was time to grow up and start acting like a Marine. Bless his heart.
CERTIFICATE OF REENLISTMENT
Be It Known That
has been accepted for reenlistment in the United States Marine Corps.
Your reenlistment reflects uncommon devotion and loyalty to your country and to the Corps.
It is this special kind of commitment that makes the Corps unique and respected throughout the world.
The Corps is proud to have you in its ranks.
Oath of Enlistment
I, (name) do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.
Daddy’s babies are all growing up! *sniffle!*