The Marine Corps is built on a foundation of honor, brotherhood and dedication. The motto “Semper Fidelis” translates to “Always Faithful.” Drill Instructors spend hours teaching history, relating stories of how a Marine never leave another Marine behind. “God, Country, Corps” has guided leathernecks for generations. Now some of those brothers have abandoned those time honored traditions and teachings at the expense of fellow Marines.
By now, most of you have probably heard of the Marine Corps “nude photo scandal,” which involves both active and veteran members sharing photographs of female Marines in various stages of undress on the private social media page “Marines United.” Not only were the photos posted, but hundreds of the female Marines were identified by name, rank, duty station and personal social media accounts.
Since the story broke late last week, comments posted to various reports have been almost as disturbing as the site itself. Many have attempted to minimize the actions, writing it off as “boys being boys.” Others have sited this as an example of why men and women should not serve in the same units, which may have been an underlying reason for the site’s beginning. But, worst of all, are those who blamed the victims themselves, claiming they never should have taken such pictures to begin with – though, with much more colorful language.
Many of these comments have been made without benefit of actually reading the reports. Yes, according to information released by DOD investigators, a number of the photos do appear to be posed or taken with willing models. However, others were obviously taken secretly or shared without the subject’s knowledge or consent. One especially disturbing series of photos were taken as the photographer followed a female corporal as she went about her daily duties. Though not racy or inappropriate, these photos drew a large number of vulgar comments, including suggestions as to how the stalker should have assaulted the corporal.
Make no mistake about it – this is more than boys being boys. This is not about girls who allowed a companion to take racy pictures or otherwise act inappropriately themselves. This is about Marines disrespecting their fellow Marines, tarnishing the uniform and abandoning the honor the Corps is built on. It is also about destroying the careers, if not future, of the victims. It will be difficult for these women to continue in the Corps, and many may find the long term impact unbearable. The Corps will lose a large number of highly qualified valuable members on both sides of this scandal.
Every Marine should be appalled by this behavior, and despite the claim that “there are no former Marines,” those responsible should be investigated, prosecuted if appropriate and forever removed from the brotherhood.
To the victims, I would hope that they do not let this tasteless incident shape their future and that in time, they can once again look back on their time in the Corps in a more favorable light.
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