Esprit De Corps

With controversy surrounding Marines involved in sharing photos of their female counterparts and sexual assault and harassment continuing to be a problem within our ranks, I firmly believe it’s important we stimulate a conversation around finding a sustainable solution. My views on the recent...
The soul of the Marine Corps is under attack. Sadly, our soul—our center of gravity—is imperiled by our own inaction. We, as a Corps, are in an existential fight, put at risk by our own failures to reinforce and protect our greatest strengths. The ethos, camaraderie, and esprit de corps which...
The Marine Corps was born in a bar and through war and peacetime has paired the sacred duties of warfighting with a healthy sense of fraternity—the “spirit of comradeship and brotherhood in arms” that MajGen John A. Lejeune once described as a vital characteristic of the Corps in his letter on the...
IT has been said that a definition is a very dangerous thing and that the larger and more vital a thing is, the more dangerous it is to define. For to define a thing is to put a fence around it, to fix its limitations. Therefore, an attempt to define esprit de corps is exceedingly dangerous because...
HONORABLE MENTION PRIZE ESSAY (ProQuest Information and Learning: ... denotes obscured text omitted.) FOREWORD TO the judges, who, "in addition to other duties," may pass upon this, my maiden effort as an essayist, greetings. To those of you that may become somnolent while endeavoring to arrive at...
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Gen Holland McTyeire "Howlin' Mad" Smith (photo)
Just after the turn of the century two men stood in front of the War Department in Washington, D.C. One was a senator from Alabama-the other, a young man from the same state. "How would you like to join the Marines?" the senator asked. "What are the Marines?" was the reply.

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