You might be a jarhead if…

You might be a jarhead
if…

You’ve ever used the term “Oohrah” in any
context other than sarcasm.
Your dream home is base housing.
You’ve ever rolled pennies to buy beer on a week night.
You’ve ever sold blood to buy beer.
You’ve ever financed a tattoo.
You met your wife at a strip joint.
You and your roommate share the same woman.
Your kid has a high & tight.
You still have your full basic issue.
Your boot polish doesn’t come out of a
bottle.
Your cammies have more starch than your
potatoes.
You refer to McDonald’s food as “chow.”
You’ve ever bought your girlfriend a “bag
nasty.”
You’ve ever read your ‘Battle Skills’ book
for fun.
You still know all your General Orders.
You refer to E-2s as “My PFC,” or “Young
Devil Dog.”
You call your friends “Devil Dog.”
Your #1 credit reference is DPP.
You think your military training is
seriously worth college credit.
Your picture is outside the Career Planner’s office.
You have whitewalls on your head, but not
your car.
You don’t drink on duty section.
You have a star on your good cookie.(OR EVEN
HAVE A GOOD COOKIE!)
You consider going to the Roadhouse a night
on the town.
You think that officers fly planes because
they are too stupid to work on them.
You still know the words to the “Marine’s
Hymn.”
You say things are ‘good to go,’ or
‘outstanding.’
You haven’t been laid in over a year.
Your favorite game is Spades.
You think stuff like this should be done on
your own time.
You still imitate your drill instructors.
You do MCIs to better yourself.
You call cadence to yourself.
You get your haircut at the 7-Day Store.
You’ve ever given a period of instruction.
You’ve ever locked anybody on.
You use CLP as cologne.
You use Aqua Velva aftershave.
You iron your coveralls.
You have a dog named “Chesty.”
You have a blues cover in the back window of
your car.
You’ve ever done anything for love of Corps.
You display your rank on the windshield of
your car.
You press your cammies an hour after you get
them from the cleaners.
You think the Air Force is nasty.
You have a subscription to ‘Leatherneck
Magazine.’
You use the term “hard charger” on a subject
other than batteries.
You think your unit doesn’t PT enough.
You think Motrin cures things.
You wear your dogtags to the beach.
You’ve ever worked on a Harrier and truly
wanted to fix it.
You still use any drill instructor cliches.
You’ve ever been on a 3-day work detail
picking up dead fish by hand out of
a rancid lake under the hot August sun in
Iwakuni.
(You know who you are, stay strong my brothers.)
All your underwear still has your laundry
number on it.
You stencil your name on your jeans.
You refer to regular clothes as ‘civvies.’
You’ve ever ironed your sheets for field
day.
You practice rifle manual with a swab.
You get your hair cut once a week.
You’ve been to Whisper Alley.
You’ve ever worn out an ironing board.
You hang your dirty laundry from the foot of
your bed.
More than half of your wardrobe was
purchased at the PX.
You “quarter-deck” your kids.
You practice line training on your wife.
You argue with people about whether Paris
Island or San Diego was better.
You refer to your SNCOIC as ‘Daddy.’
You’ve ever called someone off leave for an
up gripe.
You use your seabag as luggage when you go
on leave.
You have a picture of the Commandant in your
room.
You wear your wooly pully with Levis.
You wear your all weather coat with regular clothes (or civvies).
The horn on your car plays the ‘Marine
Hymn.’
Your picture is outside the PX.
You’ve ever starved until dinner because you
woke up too late to go to the chow hall.
You pick up a woman in a bar and she takes
you to base housing.
You stay there. (refer to #76)
You have the misconception that you can kick
someone’s ass because they’re in the Navy.
If you’ve ever suggested that your unit goes
on a hump.
You’ve ever gone to a bar or dance club in
your blues.
You seriously think that your GI Bill will
pay for your college education.
You’ve ever slept with a WM.
You take your 782 gear camping.
You found CPL School motivating.
You can be found in ‘Shaboom’s’ or ‘Texas
Two Step’ every weekend. OR
(WHISKEY RIVER…..)
You like ‘Tun Tavern’ Beer.
You have a camouflage comforter on your bed.
You keep MREs around just in case you get hungry.
You go to the chow hall to meet women.
You think people should be court-martialed
for running into a building to avoid colors.
You’ve ever had razor burn on your head.
You signed the Chesty Puller stamp petition.
You’ve ever used the term ‘very well’ in
normal conversation.

 

39 thoughts on “You might be a jarhead if…”

  1. I still do about 80% of that list. I went to PI 1964 as a 140 pound boy and came out 170 pound man! Thank You USMC! I wear a USMC cover every day and either a Vietnam Vet or USMC Nam Vet Shirt Too. Here is a funny story! I was talking to an Army Vietnam Vet and I think everybody in the Marine Corps knows why an M-60 mg stops after the first round. Because when I went to that M-60 mg class, we were told that if a M-60 stops after the first round. The number one reason would be, That the operating rod was put in backwards after the last cleaning! This army guy said he never heard that!!!!!!!! I read a lot of Vietnam books about the army fights, and they always have a least one or two of their M-60s off line after one round! The stories say that they clean the guns but it that does not fix the problem. That is pretty sad. Semper Fi- Bro.

      1. Army guy must have been conducting the M-60 class No way you can reverse the operating rod !! This was most always a gas problem Paul is right though the gas piston could be put in backwards and cause the problem Bill 0331

      1. You are right Nick. I was not a gunner but, I was around them enough to know that the rod went in one way and one way only. However, with any weapon they do where out. Harry 1371

        1. The only thing is with a wornout rod you could end up with a runaway weapon meaning it would keep firing when you released the trigger Bill 0331

  2. Okay, several of those, alright a lot, apply to me but less than 50%. I spent about half my military career with them and a bit more around them when not directly assigned or stationed there.
    Devil Docs do things like that and the Corps ‘rubs off’ on us. I can’t field strip an M-60 but I remember hearing that about the operating rod.

    Devil Doc

  3. I opened this email and a lot to pertains to me also wouldn’t you know I’m wearing a property of MCRD 1983 Paris Island shirt right now ooh rah semper fi

  4. Art Caeser,
    Bless your heart. If am younger than you, but I did do mess duty to close Camp Mathews, in August of 64’. Yep, did my week as a Smedley.
    Semper Fi

    1. Hey Art,
      What platoon were you in? I was in Plt 141, and we spent our maintenance week at Camp Matthews taking apart the target carriages and moving them to Edson Range at Camp Pendleton. I remember being told that we were the last series to qualify at Camp Matthews. Semper Fi!!

    2. Camp Mathews, remember it well. I also did mess duty there in 1964. Caught pneumonia there and got set back… Henry Young 64/69. 0311/2311. RVN 65/66/69. Semper Fi

  5. A MEN ABOUT 3/4 OF THEM PEOPLE JUST DO NOT UNDER STAND US . WE STAND FOR THE FLAG . OOHRAH S/F ALFRED H BEAVER USMC 61/
    64

  6. Marine wives also know some of this- yes, I receive Leatherneck, yes, I know the entire Hymn, yes I know about the starching and ironing, yes I use OORAH for my Marine Facebook friends, yes, I know more about Marine history than my own Army history, and yes I married two Marines who served a total of 34 years between them! OOHRAH

  7. On a drive with my wife , of over 15 years, turns toward me and says “ I don’t understand you, you still carry yourself like a Marine, talk to people like a Marine it’s as if you never left the Corps. After about 10 seconds I said “ that’s alright honey, no one else understands either. She has never brought up that subject since. It been every bit of 20 years. Semper Fi brothers and sisters.

  8. I’m guilty. I cracked up on a few of these because they hit home. My wife was in jail with Joan Baez in the late 60’s and I wanted to just “kick ass on anyone with long hair “. Still together after 45 years of marriage. Simper Fi Devil Dogs.

  9. I was on active duty from 1970 to 1990. I have been on the retired list since 2000. Your list still describes me pretty well. I am 68 years old and I do not know when I will be called to report to St. Peter. I do know that when I report it will be at attention and as a Marine. Semper Fidelis

  10. PFC Richard Yamada,
    I was drafted into the Corps 18 June 1969. Graduated Honor Man in Boot Camp. Disabled 7 months 23 days into my calling as a Marine but still doing my Marine Corps drills 50 years going strong.

  11. My question is, “when did this term “Ooh Rah!” come about, I served from 69-73, and never heard this used ?

    1. Hi Jim . The gas system was also the biggest issue I had, It had to be complete field stripped and cleaned. Hard to do in a fight. Most times just changing out the barrel would get us through. Usually got permission for a test fire after field strip depending where we were. Bill 0331

  12. This is to GM Walsh. Were you really a Marine? I never heard of a Marine going to see St. Peter. Real Marines just go to HELL and regroup!!!!

    1. JIM GOOD ???? I HEARD IN ONCE IN 73YEARS. A KID AT THE LOCAL LUMBER YARD SAW MY USMC HAT AND SAID OOHRAH. I LOOKED AT HIM AND SAID WHAT. HE SAID YOUR A MARINE. THATS A GREETING FROM A FELLOW MARINE.
      I REPLYED SEMPER FI. I EVEN SEE IT ON SOME OFF GRIT’S T-SHIRTS. WAITING ON ANSWERS MARINES.
      ALWAYS THOUGH IT WAS A ARMY TERM.
      JIM YOUR A SALTY OLD MARINE. KEEP DOING THOSE PUSHUPS ETC. 73 AND COUNTING. 1966 TO 1969 WITH 1ST MAW DANANG. WHAT A BALL. LOVED THE RAINY SEASON. AND ALL THAT GREAT LIBERTY WE HAD ON THE WEEKENDS. DRINKING???? YES..
      SEMPER FI. OLD TIMER.

  13. I AM A 7 YR. “USMC-VOLUNTEER” WITH MY LOCAL SEMPER FI SUPPORT GROUP & A LOT OF THESE HAVE RUBBED-OFF ON ME !!!! HAVE A FEW TO ADD TO THIS LIST:
    …IF THE SMELL OF “CPL WEAPONS CLEANING SOLVENT” MAKES A GREAT AFTER-SHAVE.
    …IF ONE OR MORE OF YOUR DOGS IS NAMED “CHESTY”.
    …IF YOU GAVE YOUR WIFE A “COLT PYTHON” AS AN ENGAGEMENT GIFT (YEP, 40 YEARS AGO !!!!)
    …IF YOU REFER TO EITHER $500 OR A 7.62 NATO ROUND AS A “PROBLEM SOLVER”.
    …IF YOU REFER TO THE .50 BMG CARTRIDGE AS EITHER “LONG RANGE DIPLOMACY”/ “FERAL HOG AMMO”.
    …IF YOU GAVE YOUR BATTLE-BUDDY THE NICKNAME–“COOTER, SCOOTER, BOCHEPHUS, OR COWBOY”.

  14. When I joined the Corps in 1966 the Marine yell was known as the recon yell and only recon Marines did it. After a recon Marine joined my unit just back from Vietnam he would do the yell during unit runs and I picked up on it as a greeting to him and then to other Marines in my unit. By 1970 it seemed it was being yelled all across the Corps in the different units I served in including Vietnam.

    CWO-5 Noble Callaway USMC Retired.

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