How Many Belt Loops

Sgt. Grit,
First of all thanks for the great newsletter, and to all the past, present, and future men and women of this great family called the United States Marine Corps. I was just wondering what questions were asked of other Marines on these boards? Here are a few that I got asked:

1. How many trucks are in the Marine Corps?
2. How many holes are in an MRE cracker?
3. How many belt loops are on your BDU trousers and what do they represent?

There are many more, I am just wondering if anyone else got asked these questions or something like them.

Semper Fi and Thank you,

Stephen R. Hartley
Comm Co. 1st and 3rd FSSG
2512/2515 Wire Dawg
Desert Storm/ Somalia Vet.

14 thoughts on “How Many Belt Loops”

  1. I cannot remember their last name, but there were two brothers who were Marine Generals. One of them was feared in the early 1960’s. He would ask more rational questions like number of rounds in a M-14 magazine or ounces of water in a full canteen while inspecting troops. If a Corporal or Sergeant missed one, he would bust him one stripe and give the stripe to the next Lance Corporal or Corporal who answered the same question correctly.

  2. I was the platoon guide and honor man. Platoon 1120 in the summer of 1969. The Platoon Commander told me I had to interview for the Series Honor Man. As I was waiting for my turn to be interviewed, I was looking around and saw a poster of the Marine Band. I got into the interview and there was the Lt. Series Commander, the Series Gunny, and a new 2nd Lt. trying to be a real bad ass. I had not seen him before. I didn’t know where he came from or who he was. They started rapid firing questions at me. One was “what are the colors of the uniform of the Marine Band?” I said “white trousers and a red blouse.” The 2nd Lt. jumped my shit and said, “do you mean scarlet trousers.” In my opinion, I think they were surprised I knew anything about the Marine Band. I blew most of the answers to most of the questions. I didn’t get the Series Honor Man. I guess I didn’t breathe enough fire.

    1. I don’t know the three from the Corps, but if I remember correctly, Jim Croce sang that you don’t tug on Superman’s cape, you don’t pull the mask off the Lone Ranger, and you don’t mess around with Jim. ( He was probably referring to a young Jim ” Mad Dog” Mattis ! )

  3. I did graduate from boot as the series honor man and I too was asked “How many trucks are on this base?” The answer is clear now but being under fire with questions I drew a blank. (1) map (2) a bullet (3) a match. Don’t remember the ones I got right but I dought I will ever forget that question. Semper Fi.

  4. In 1998, while attending a Mess Night at the Staff Academy Advanced Course at Quantico, SgtMaj Mersino approached a group of about four of us having a “cocktail” before the dinner began, to shoot the breeze. During the course of the conversation the SgtMaj posed the question about the number of belt loops on the trousers and why there were seven. One of the Gunny’s I was talking with stated that they represented the Seven Seas; to which the SgtMaj relied: “Nah, they’re to hold your trousers up.” Needless to say, we all got a great laugh out of that!

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