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  •  My husband was in the Corps from 1945 to 1972, (0+ / 0-)

    and what they used to say was "If the Commandant had wanted you to have a wife, he would have you issued one."

     I can sadly, no longer ask him if it was policy or preference but I expect the later because he got married in 1949. Of course he was a sergeant by then and that may have made a difference.

    It is safe to say that marriages between troops serving overseas and women living overseas did require command approval. And I believe that was true for all branches, mostly due to citizenship issues.

    But domestically? The Corps did not make it easy for junior enlisted personnel to marry. But I don't think they ever outright prohibited it after 1945, although I would not be surprised to learn that there was a prohibition in effect for the first half of the last century.

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