Lift with Your Lance Corporals

I work with a Marine Corps Master Sergeant whose desk is adorned with a sign that says: Don’t lift with your back, lift with your Lance Corporals.

The Marines certainly have all sorts of snappy slogans:

The View Never Changes. USMC

I must thank America’s Sergeant Major for the tip. Despite the very personal fact that he just started his latest post with We are pretty hard on new Lieutenants. . .

9 thoughts on “Lift with Your Lance Corporals”

  1. After having the pleasure of working with the 1st MarDiv in Iraq, I started to not only understand the Marines, but love them….after all they gave my team ammo when the Army failed.

  2. That’s why I’ve always had a secret passion for them…they are very special people…k

  3. I totally agree with ASM, it works in the USMC and the RM.

    When a Lieutenant is taken straight out of the box he needs to be treat like a Bull Terrier puppy, respect his status, nurture him, train him, tease him, discipline him, but never break his spirit.

    That same lieutenant will carry part of you around with him for the rest of his time in the Corps, and beyond.

    In my time in service when we heard that a young Lieutenant was ‘crap’; the first thing we looked at was who was his first Sergeant, as he bore the responsibility through his error’s and failings.

    I still have my green combat T shirt that states on the front

    GOD IS AIRBORNE which has a small winged pegasus badge above the print.

    and on the back

    BECAUSE HE FAILED HIS COMMANDO COURSE with two small commando daggers either side of the print.

    Which is a dig at the Para’s; some of which previously signed up from civvie street to be RM’s and failed training miserably, upon departure they tend to join the Army and the Parachute Regiment.

    Yours Aye.

    1. Just as an after thought; a little dit for your perusal…

      A Paratrooper narrowly escaped serious injury recently when he attempted horseback riding with no prior experience.

      After mounting his horse unassisted, the horse immediately began moving.

      As it galloped along at a steady and rhythmic pace, the Paratrooper, who has not been named, began to slip sideways from the saddle.

      Although attempting to grab for the horse’s mane the Paratrooper could not get a firm grip.

      He then threw his arms around the horse’s neck but continued to slide down the side of the horse.

      The horse galloped along, seemingly oblivious to its slipping rider.

      Finally, losing his grip, the rider attempted to leap away from the horse and throw himself to safety…

      However, his foot became entangled in the stirrup, leaving him at the mercy of the horse’s pounding hooves as his head and upper body repeatedly struck the ground.

      Moments away from unconsciousness and possible death; to his great fortune a Royal Marine (shopping at the same supermarket) saw him and his predicament and quickly unplugged the ’20-pence-a-ride- horse’ !!!


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