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  •   Anj, Never heard of that!! (4+ / 0-)

    I served 82-90, Getting married was never an issue for those choosing to do so, Part of my Duties at one Billet whereas IF a Marine wanted to get Married, He would have to go through the COC and get Counseled or advised, Which Btw was a good thing. I was the 1st to talk to them, Then the higher up's. That was interesting....

    •  Apparently the idea has been floating around (5+ / 0-)

      Off and on for a number of years to require enlisted Marines to serve at least four years before getting married, but it's never been adopted. This is according to Thomas Ricks's book, Making the Corps. The struggles and challenges I've witnessed among my various Facebook military family circles have made me glad that my son doesn't have a girlfriend or a wife back home. The separations are hard enough for us parents but they're pure agony for young couples.

      •  One thing to keep in perspective, (3+ / 0-)
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        deploying, Not all Deploy somewhere. Those in the Combat Fields move around a lot more than others, My 1st tour I spent the whole time in CA, Not until I was stationed at Camp Lejeune, Did I see just how hard it was for those married, When we where preparing go one our Med Float. The Build up and Travel for various Training prior was intense, 1 Month here, 1 month there 3 weeks doing this, Add in 1 Month Air Alert, Then Fly away after that for a couple weeks. I was Single, no problem, It is tough on married Folks, No doubt.

      •  Thank you. (1+ / 0-)
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        I was curious where the idea had cropped up. I'll have to take a look at the book.

        •  Sound like a misremembering of the reg's becoming (2+ / 0-)
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          angelajean, llbear

          legend. I know in the early 90's you still technically needed permission from your Commander to own a car or get married. It was a leftover from the 40's and 50's. I don't know if they were ever changed, but it didn't matter because no one would or could enforce those reg's so they became something like blue laws under the UCMJ.  

    •  Most often I (4+ / 0-)

      discouraged it. Here's why, 1st time away from Home they get a Girlfriend, 1st time with someone, Their in love?? (Catch my drift on that) Most hadn't given thought to after the fact issues such as Career, Kid's etc. We saved many from heartache!!  

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