posted on Feb, 27 2013 @ 07:18 AM
I'm a bit late to this thread. I'm currently in the Corps. As for unshaven Marines, I don't see any from the pictures. But being that it's winter
and skin problems, a lot of African Americans get "no shave chits" because of bad razor bumps the tend to get if it would be dangerous to shave the
bumps off and get an infection.
Unkempt uniforms is a different thing. If you look you will see longer coats than the usual Dress blue coat that is trimmed entirely in red for
enlisted marines. This is what I can only assume to be a dress blue cold weather coat that is black or dark navy blue with the white belt. You can see
a bit of the red trim from the dress blues on the neck collar and the ends of their sleeves. Trust me on this; they would have had multiple dress
blues inspections and the dress blues would be perfect. The only reason I can give for the supposed unkempt uniforms is that a decision was made to
utilize the black over coats and all the Marines probably had them stuffed in a sea bag or the bottom of the locker. Regardless of how they looked it
was every Marine wearing it or none of them did. And it was cold that day. That jacket is not issued at boot camp and I, myself, have never seen one.
(Granted I'm in an infantry unit)
These Marines are from Marine Barracks at 8th and I if I'm not mistaken. These guys really have no excuse. Look up the Silent Drill Platoon on
youtube. Best rifle drillers and marchers in the Corps. But they were made that way. They don't choose people who can march well for that platoon.
They take poster boy 5'10" to 6'2" Marines to make it a uniformed height so the formations look better. The Marines at 8th and I are typically
031xx (infantry) Marines that get the worst duty station possible. They are trained to shoot and then spend their contract doing nothing but
ceremonial parades and a lot of other super POG things. (POG is a term for personnel other than grunt) They might have the job title of an 03 but they
have the POGiest jobs imaginable and most of them will never go over seas once.
As for marching and "Why are some looking left and some looking straight?" There is a drill move called 'eyes left' or 'eyes right'. And it
means what it sounds like. Every column except for the outside one in the direction called turns their head. The left or right stay forward. Its
normally accompanied with a salute. And I will let you in on a secret. Boot camp makes Marines for sure. It's physically and mentally challenging.
You do end up marching and drilling a lot. But the purpose for it is to train you to have "Instant willing obedience to orders". Once you leave boot
camp (unless you go to Marine Barracks or something similar) drill becomes the last priority unless you are preparing for the Marine ball. since
leaving bootcamp I marched in formation to and from the chow hall during infantry school and that's it. Once you learn to follow orders you get
trained to be efficient at your job. Whether thats infantry or Motor T. But drill serves no more purpose and would only take away from valuable
training hours. My platoon in boot camp won the final drill competition and I honestly wouldn't be able to do anything but a forward march any more.
It's been 3 years. So, like I said. The Marines here should have had plenty of practice marching since that's what they do. However I have a friend
in the reserves whos reserve unit was asked to March in the innauguration. And if active Marines don't have time for drill then reservists definitely
don't because after boot camp and job school they only get 3-4 days a month to train.
Also, you may see North Korea or China marching thousands of soldiers in formation and each person being perfectly in step. It might look cool. But
that takes a lot of time and continuous training to get and stay at that level. Time that could be spent mastering marksmanship or something else.
Drill is pointless. And while I harped that they were POGs, every Marine is a 'rifleman' and is required to maintain a certain degree of efficiency
with a rifle so, again, drill gets pushed to the back of the line.