4 Ways Anyone Can Be More Like a Marine

What do the United States Marines mean to you?  For some around the world they mean terror; for others they are one of the stable standards of defense with honor.  Although I’m a Canadian, I am impressed with the way the Marines conduct themselves.  I watched “Blackhawk Down” the other day and was in tears at how Marines really believe and carry out, often at the cost of their own lives, the motto “no one left behind.”

My husband is an American.  His years of living in Canada have not mitigated his love for his country of birth one iota.  He used to tease me by telling me if I threatened him, he had “fifty thousand Marines waiting at the border to get him out.”  His pride in them was obvious.

So…how many people globally admire the U.S. Marines, but perhaps don’t think they can live up to their standards?  Here is a brief article/press release I received from my contact Ginny Grimsley, the National Print Campaign Manager, at News and Experts.

Column of Honor Guards of the U.S. Marine Corps in National Memorial Day Parade May 25, 2009 in Washington, D.C. Photo credit: ID 9550915 © Khabar | Dreamstime.com

Column of Honor Guards of the U.S. Marine Corps in National Memorial Day Parade May 25, 2009 in Washington, D.C.
Photo credit: ID 9550915 © Khabar | Dreamstime.com

4 Ways Anyone Can Be More Like a Marine
U.S. Citizens Appreciate the Character of Those Protecting
Them, Says Former Intelligence Officer

They’re called “The Few. The Proud;” does that mean the many Americans who admire the U.S. Marines never hope to become more like them? Eric Wentz, a highly decorated military intelligence specialist who served his country for 26 years, says yes.

“For many, the Marines embody all that the men and women of the United States military stand for, which includes a principled lifestyle that ultimately serves to defend the democratic values espoused in our constitution, and our love for freedom,” says Wentz, a former intelligence officer and author of a new Readers Choice Award winning novel based on his experiences, “Killing Sharks: De Profundis,” (www.ericwentz.com).

“There really are bad actors throughout the world who want nothing more than to see the destruction of our civilization – all that was built by our founding fathers and continued throughout the generations – to be replaced by a foreign ideology. The Marines are often the first to prevent that from happening.”

Wentz explores four defining characteristics of Marines that any American can emulate:

SEMPER FIDELIS - ALWAYS FAITHFUL. U.S. MARINES...

• An adherence to honor and integrity – Semper Fidelis: The translation of the famous Latin phrase is “always faithful” – faithful to the present mission, to fellow Marines and to the United States, no matter what. Recruits who enter into basic training undergo a transformation that lasts a lifetime. Once a Marine, always a Marine, expected to forever live by the ethics and values of the Corps: an aversion to lying, cheating and stealing; an uncompromising code of personal integrity; a love for accountability, self-reliance and discipline. Honor, courage and commitment are the bedrock of a Marine’s values. Similar codes can be found throughout history, including the chivalry of Medieval knighthood and codes found among other fabled warriors, including the Spartans and Trojans.

• A commitment to physical fitness: Part and parcel to a code of values is the commitment to physical fitness. Marines are warriors who must be able to overcome all manner of physical obstacles. Sadly, for many Americans, a serious physical challenge is fitting into an airplane coach-class seat. With such a small percentage of Americans making up our military, less than 1 percent, compared to a high percentage of overweight citizens, it’s easier to see why Marines are viewed with high esteem. Physical fitness is the outward reflection of the inner character demanded of these warriors.

• Willingness to sacrifice: Military members fighting in wars are routinely asked to make the ultimate sacrifice by putting one’s life on the line to complete a mission. If a life isn’t lost, a Marine’s limbs or mental and emotional well-being may be. Sacrifice also means doing several tours in a war zone, half a world away from family, to exist in a hostile environment. Many individuals forgo a comfortable and profitable life at home in order to fight for the greater good of all Americans.

• Fear of commitment is not an option: A Marine recruit simply cannot pussy-foot his or her commitments; you cannot be a runaway bride or an uncertain, hand-wringing groom. Marines must be gung-ho in the face of adversity. They are individuals of action and consequence, and there can be no debate with a superior when asked to risk one’s life for the good of the mission. Luckily, civilians rarely face such demands. However, as Wentz points out, if they demonstrate such commitment to integrity in finances, health, business, civic and personal obligations, they’ll also do their part in contributing to the strength and defense of the nation.

Author and 26-year veteran of the U.S. Navy, Eric Wentz

Author and 26-year veteran of the U.S. Navy, Eric Wentz

"Killing Sharks: De Profundis" by Eric John Wentz

“Killing Sharks: De Profundis” by Eric John Wentz

About Eric Wentz

Eric Wentz is a 26-year veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served as an intelligence officer, interrogator and linguist. He has a bachelor’s degree in history and English literature, a master’s degree in linguistics, and a Master of Science degree and doctorate in educational administration. He is also a certified SCUBA diver and an experienced canoeist. His novel, “Killing Sharks: De Profundis,” has won the Readers Choice Book Reviews Bronze Award.

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About Sandra Bell Kirchman

My passion is for fiction, especially fantasy fiction. I have been writing nearly all my life, since the age of 7 when I produced a 5-page novel called "Angus the Ant" - self-illustrated. Since then, I have written and published a fantasy novel called "Witchcanery," which has won several awards and has met with some acclaim from readers around the world. I've also edited and published an anthology for the writers at my site FantasyFic.com, called "Birth of a Unicorn and Other Stories." Both books are available on Kindle; the latter is also available on Nook. Both books are sold as hard copies at most major online outlets. One of my later ventures was horror stories; surprisingly, since horror stories scare me, I find I have a special affinity for them, especially in flash fiction format (under 1000 or less words). Currently, I am working on two WIPs, one a sequel to "Witchcanery," which several readers have made me promise to write; the other an apocalyptic novel called "The Road to the End of the World." There are several examples of this latter novel in my blog "Fantasyfic," formerly known as "Wizards and Ogres and Elves - Oh My!" Fantasyfic is on hold temporarily, while I work almost exclusively on Puppy Dog Tales. My other blogs keep me hopping. One is a roundup of news and some fun pieces from around the world. It is listed under the name of "News, Views, and Gurus." The current blog is my pet favorite, if you'll pardon the expression. I'm an avid pet parent and animal lover. My three little Shih-Tzus are the joys of my life...and so is my husband, but I don't write about him. Anyhow, my blog "Puppy Dog Tales" is a work of love, featuring my doggies and other pets around the world. I'm a devoted advocate of animal rights and especially backing the cause of animal rescue shelters. My wonderful husband and I live in a very small town in southeastern Saskatchewan on the south side in a rustic, cedar-sided home. Our property is almost a whole acre, and is gracious and pretty (which is not easy to be in one package). All five of us are happy here.

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