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Prioleau Alexander: The Marine Ethos

Current administration making changes that go against the Corps’ congressionally mandated responsibilities …

I don’t know much about the Army, Navy, Air Force, or Coast Guard, but I do know a bit about the Marines … and I can tell you that since 1775, there is a singular mission that gets a United States Marine out of the bed before sunrise: Killing those who wish harm to the United States.

That’s it.

To understand a Marine, you must know they have one thing they fear far more than death: Failure to perform in a way worthy of those who worn the uniform before them – a reputation built on blood, pain, and death.

The Corps, you see, is not a branch of the military – it is a cult.

This is because Boot Camp and Officer Candidate School tear men down to the edge of their souls, then rebuild them as men who believe they could go head-to-head with Hell’s most powerful demons. These young men and women leave that training with the belief that there is no greater or harder-to-earn honor than wearing the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor insignia. With that goes their belief that “every Marine is a rifleman.”

Are there not men such as these in the other branches? Absolutely, but each branch has its own mission – and serving as America’s “force in readiness” rests with the Marines. It is their job to be the first to fight – taking charge of hostile situations by deploying extreme violence. In the Korean War, North Korea overran the south until there was but a tiny patch of land left unoccupied. The Marines landed, and in short order the retreat of the enemy began.

Who are the Americans who sign on to be a part of this? As liberals would say, “toxic males” join the cult because they are old-fashioned patriots – and want to be a part of America’s most elite fighting team. Tough and driven women who also want to be a part of something elite often join, even if it means certain jobs and promotions won’t be available to them.



Life is much easier for a woman in the other services, but female Marines aren’t looking for “easy.”

What binds these men and women? Their ethos. The belief that they are different from Soldiers, Sailors, and Airmen. That they can do the impossible, despite a lack of funding and using the Army’s hand-me-down gear. That they can accomplish the difficult in short order – and the impossible with a little extra time.

The importance of Marines believing themselves to be a breed apart cannot be overstated. Writing about the current failures of Marine Corps leadership, Marine Medal of Honor recipients Maj. General Jim Livingston and Colonel Jay Vargas state, “The structure of the Corps or the weapons they are provided can be changed or reversed. Ethos is different—and once extinguished, it is gone forever.”

Marines have always been told they are America’s shock troops. They are the force the President uses when it’s time to call 911. Take that away, and you might as well offer them a beret and roll them into the Army.

For Marines, “the good order and disciple” of a combat unit is paramount, and that good order and disciple is based one primary belief: We are all the same. Yes, we are different colors of green, but we are all green. We are Marines, nothing will divide us, and no one will be singled out for any kind of special treatment.

The first open strike of the Marines’ ethos came with the reversal of “Don’t ask don’t tell,” a policy that worked well for the Marines. Openly gay individuals began serving in the Corps despite the fact the Corps is mostly comprised of “toxic males” who object.

Then came women in combat arms, and many “toxic” males in the business of gunfighting don’t want to be burdened by a female who may slow them down, or receive undue attention from instinctually-concerned males if wounded in combat. (For men, hearing a man scream in pain is very different than hearing a woman scream in pain).

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U.S. Marines (USMC)

Finally, we come to admittance of openly trans individuals, with the military paying for their gender mutilation surgery. This needs no further analysis.   

Is honoring the particular friction a person likes during sex worth disrupting the ethos of America’s one military unit capable of serving in every clime and place? Liberals would say, “If they don’t like it, they can get out.” They are. Liberals also say, “If they don’t like the new system, don’t join.” They aren’t.

If you haven’t served in the Corps, Marines don’t care about your opinion on “toxic” men… because they know first-hand these men are the best at stacking up enemy dead like cord wood. These “toxic “males speak of themselves only as Marines, without the need for adjectives pointing out their differences.

The current mumbling point for those in favor of this lunacy is that “the Corps is stronger with diversity.” No statement could be further from the truth: The Corps has been feared by enemies of America for centuries because there’s no diversity. Everyone is green, and committed solely to the accomplishment of the mission.

Is that offensive? Too bad … the truth can hurt.

In addition to the sexual revolution in an organization that lives and dies by unit cohesion, Marines find themselves with a new Commandant — General David Berger — who seems to have lost his mind … to the point of making changes that go against the Corps’ Congressionally mandated responsibilities.

No two words sum up this evolution better than the Commandant’s retention efforts being touted as “Talent Management.” First, these warriors aren’t “talent” — they are Marines. Second, Marines don’t “manage” anything – they lead. I confess I laughed out loud at the Commandant’s cluelessness when I read the words “talent management.”

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General Livingston and Colonel Vargas sum up the current Commandant’s other changes quite succinctly, pointing to the erosion of the Corps’ ethos: “The decision has been made to eliminate all armor, and scout sniper platoons in infantry battalions. The Corps is moving forward with drastic cuts in the infantry, cannon artillery, assault amphibious vehicles, aviation, military police, assault beaching and combat service support. They have crippled the Marine Corps capabilities to respond to global crises and contingencies across the spectrum of conflict. And they are investing in experimental weapons that simply replicate war-fighting skills offered by other services.”

It is madness to make cuts to anything having to do with the man-to-man warfighting skills and equipment needed to destroy the enemy, because man-to-man warfighting is the Corps. Tanks, assault amphibian vehicles, combat engineers, artillery, and the air wing exist solely to assist infantry grunts in planting the American flag on enemy soil. The rest of the Corps exists solely to support those combat arms units. The Army, Navy, and Air Force can handle the other warfighting needs — and they are quite good at it.

If you were to meet General Livingston or Colonel Vargas in person, even if they were attired in their Dress Blues and wearing their Medal of Honor decorations, it would be perfectly acceptable for you to forgo the formalities of their rank, and greet them by saying, “Hello there, Marine.”

That is part of the uniqueness of the Corps—that rank and awards take a distant second to the honor of being called a Marine.

If the Corps isn’t going to react on a moment’s notice to rain hell on an enemy that pops up in some remote area of the globe, who will?

I hope Congress and the Corps’ current leadership will get together for a discussion centering on the question, “Why are we trying to strangle the life out of the very things that make Marines who and what they are?” There are hundreds of thousands of former Marines out here who’d love to know the answer, and they’ll be joined by a few million civilians when they no longer hear the words, “The Marines have landed, and the situation is now under control.”



Prioleau Alexander (Provided)

Prioleau Alexander is a freelance writer, focusing mostly on politics and non-fiction humor. He is the author of two books: ‘You Want Fries With That?’ and ‘Dispatches Along the Way.’ Both are available on Amazon. He hopes to have another title published soon, but that would require his agent actually doing his job, so it may be awhile. Oh, and if you want to see his preferred bio pic? Click here …



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Observer May 3, 2023 at 4:55 pm

This guy makes Marines sound like the biggest snowflakes on Earth.

Being scared of trans people is the sign of a real pussy…or a person who doesn’t want other people to know they get turned on by trans people.

Wonder which one Drunkle is?

bbost Top fan May 4, 2023 at 7:23 am

If you have not served in the Marine Corps. you will never understand it’s ethos. Semper Fi! 1962-1966-0353

Seymour Butts May 4, 2023 at 8:31 am

I think I understand enough about ethos to know going full tilt on trolls because they leave mean comments with funny names above them is extremely weak and very unbecoming of a Marine.

Drunkle is entitled to his wrong opinions (just as much as we are entitled to laugh at them) but sitting at the keyboard with tears streaming down his face because someone cracks jokes at him with a fake name is just sad.

Jack Hinson May 4, 2023 at 6:54 pm

It always amazes me that people say you could not know unless you served. I did not. However, I come from a family that has served frequently. My Grandfather and Great Uncle were WWII Navy, both had to swim for their lives from a sinking ship, and my grandfather was stationed at Pearl Harbor on the day of the attack. My uncles served in Korea, one Army, one Navy. I grew up listening to their stories and talking to them about history and what it was like. I knew them, I loved them and I know what they stood for; so I do understand honorable men.

Simper Fidelis – Always Faithful. But to what? Three active-duty Marines Micah Coomer, Joshua Abate and Dodge Dale Hellonen attacked our Capitol on January 6; and many more expressed support for the former President who ordered the attack and tried to overthrow our Government; so not Always Faithful, and not always ready to stand against those who would do the United States harm.

Jack Hinson May 4, 2023 at 7:18 pm

Simper Fidelis – Always Faithful; and yet four active-duty Marines, Maj. Christopher Warnagiris, Micah Coomer, Joshua Abate and Dodge Dale Hellonen participated in the attack on our Capitol on January 6. Many more Marines expressed support for the former President who ordered that attack and tried to overthrow our government. So, not always faithful and not always ready to fight those who wish to harm the United States.

Psych 101 May 7, 2023 at 3:45 pm

The guy who wrote this blog post CLEARLY is attracted to trans people, but is afraid that someone will find out.

So, he pretends to be disgusted by them and attacks anyone who might bring up his secret.

Basic psychology for a basic person.

YATYAS February 13, 2024 at 9:27 pm

Your ignorance is of our Corps is demonstrated by your use of “simper” Fidelis, vice the actual motto, which is Semper Fidelis. If you had served you would have known that.

Marine December 29, 2023 at 4:43 pm

Total BS from “Observer”!!!

Semper Fidelis

E Prioleau Alexander Author May 3, 2023 at 5:23 pm

This would be a really good time to use your real name, femboy.

Observer May 3, 2023 at 6:20 pm

Oh look!

It’s another trumptard with dreams of violence.

Be careful what you wish for, cuck.

Ding! May 3, 2023 at 6:47 pm


You called it. Dude is into trannies!

Feeding the Trolls May 4, 2023 at 8:08 am

You read every comments section, how many people stick up for you? Maybe one person, IF you’re lucky… assuming it isn’t just you with an anonymous name? Why not ask them to post with their real names? Honestly, it’s probably easier to identify the few fans you have versus the crowd of detractors.

What are you going to do anyways, find out where we live or something? Show up at our houses? Call the cops? “Yes, 911? Someone was mean to me on the internet!”

The sign of an actually tough person is one who can recognize baseless ridicule as such and just ignore it. But it isn’t baseless, is it? And you can’t ignore it even if it was, can you?

Anonymous May 4, 2023 at 11:51 pm

The mission of the Marine Corps is not to pander to the fickle whims of a society that has aggressively disengaged itself from the Constitution for the sole benefit of a ridiculously small minority. Its mission is to defend, to its fullest, that Constitution in spite of those fickle and institutionally destructive whims. It is not a social experiment, and sadly those few who still heed the call will pay with their lives when the time comes, and those who are responsible will hide behind biased studies, unrealistic war gamming, and hope. None of thosev responsible will step forward at the time of reckoning.

Anonymous December 29, 2023 at 4:46 pm


Semper Fidelis

Prioleau Alexander May 5, 2023 at 11:26 pm

Like this?

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Prioleau Alexander May 3, 2023 at 9:52 pm

Let’s hear it ladies. You know my name… share yours with the 10,000 Marines that are going to read this.

Phil McCrevis May 4, 2023 at 8:11 am

So that’s, what, 10 that might read this nonsense unironically?

Observer May 5, 2023 at 8:58 pm

Don’t confuse me calling you personally out with insulting all Marines.

In true snowflake fashion, you hide behind an entire institution when you’re called a pussy.

Your blog posts are idiotic drivel. I’m hardly the only one who thinks that, just read all the comments clowning you under every silly blog post this site will post.

Shouldn’t you be out fighting the woke mob, instead of getting repeatedly embarrassed by an anonymous internet troll? Too occupied with obsessing about strangers genitals…even those who might want to fight for our country?

Nah, you ain’t up to it, snowflake.

Thomas Mullins Top fan May 4, 2023 at 10:27 am

I like them because they stand upon a wall and say, “Nothing’s going to hurt you tonight, not on my watch.”
Most of you will never understand the Marine mentality. I did not serve but worked with Marines for 5 years. And I thank God for them. They are, or at least were, an elite fighting force. When the Chairman of the JCOS declares the two biggest threats to America are Climate Change and Systemic Racism, while both Russia and China are sabre rattling very loudly, we are in some deep crap.

Iona Corolla May 4, 2023 at 3:49 pm

I know conservatives think climate change is a hoax and their opinion about it is almost solely based on the lust for cheap gas, but, you know, the flip side is ecological devastation, economic destabilization, and countries across the globe fighting each other for simple stuff like food or water.

I think it’s something the military should at least consider a threat.

Observer May 5, 2023 at 9:05 pm

Oh, you mean like how African-Americans were bared from joining the Marines in WWI?

You would prefer that African-American NOT serve in the Marines?

Try again, corrola owner.

Michael McBride May 4, 2023 at 11:57 pm

The whimsical gyrations that society is impressing on the Marine Corps, driven by marginal groups and ideas, is out of balance with its Constitutional mandates. The imposition of these ideas will weaken the Marine Corps and unnecessarily kill many Marines in the process. PA is correct.

Dan May 6, 2023 at 9:32 pm

Like when the Marines started to allow African-Americans to join?

You are saying the exact same words as those who didn’t want our African-American Marines to have ever served.

Haywood Jablome May 8, 2023 at 8:08 am

Of course they’re the same words, conservatives lack originality.

Almost all of the anti-trans stuff is just recycled arguments that were used against gays, too.

Nanker Phelge May 5, 2023 at 3:59 pm

“If the Corps isn’t going to react on a moment’s notice to rain hell on an enemy that pops up in some remote area of the globe, who will?”

Rain hell on annoying mentally ill homeless guys on a subway for yelling.

Semper mortifico

Scott Bingham Top fan May 8, 2023 at 1:24 pm

Great column Prioleau. As usual there are the completely unfounded and bizarre comments from the usual clowns, but as usual they are simply full of crap.

Oorah and Semper Fi!

Anonymous May 14, 2023 at 12:35 pm

Why don’t we just make up a brigade of special snowflakes, trannies, whoever doesn’t want to conform to military standards. Provide them with great funding and training, then send them to war. To hear Joe Biden tell it, the Tranny Brigade would be the best one we have. If they go with all that training and equipment and kick ass, or they go with all the best and it turns out they can’t function because they are a group of individuals – either way would put a stop to all this arguing over who’s doing what pretty quickly, wouldn’t it?

juan beltran February 14, 2024 at 1:04 pm

Jack Hinton you must be a demon Rat , the former president did not order anyone to go into the capitol, but the weaponized FBI directed by Nancy Pelosi and the major of DC did with the hundreds of FBI infiltrators that were in the crow and initiated the walk to the capital. There were no attack, other than the capital police shooting rubber bullets and tear gas at the crowd before the FBI crow insiders begin to run over the Capitol. Yes, you will never understand unless you have been a Marine and live the cult life of a Marine, we are toxic masculine men that are willing to do what you Mr. Hinton probably not able to do. Kill kill Kill and keep trucking until the mission is done. All the social experiments the General mentioned are a detriment to our fighting capabilities which is the reason we exist. Hopefully, we never had to experience a conflict in our soil because there will be people like you that will give your soul to the enemy instead of stand and fight. Semper Fi, always faithful to God, Corps, and Country.
God bless the USA and all the toxic men that are willing to sacrifice their lives for the weakness of others.


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