Question of the Day: What New Slogan for The Marines?

While this question isn’t particularly gunny, Marines have been known to carry guns. And use then quite effectively. But the USMC is no longer “The few, the proud, the Marines.” So what should their new slogan be? Whatever it is, the Internet should decide. Obviously.


  1. avatar Esoteric Inanity says:

    “Playing second fiddle to the SEALs for the last 40 years”?

    1. avatar pwrserge says:

      Yeah… Let’s pretend real hard that SEALs aren’t just a ripoff of the USMC Raider units in WWII.

      1. avatar Joe R. says:

        You don’t have to pretend, but the first few/proud SEALs were NAVY Underwater Demolition personnel drawn from . . .

        No, you didn’t guess it.


        And the SEABEES follow the Marines around like dogs, we don’t give a F what their slogan is.

        Ours is: “Construimus Batuimus” “WE BUILD, WE FIGHT”

        What did you have in mind?

    2. avatar ironhead says:

      I do believe that part of navy seals training is marine boot camp.

      1. avatar pwrserge says:

        Naw, AFAIK they go through normal Navy boot camp. It’s actually not as easy as people would think. Certainly not the Chairforce daycare center. BUDS, however, is supposed to be brutal. That being said, a lot of people confuse good at sneaking around and not getting shot for good at actually fighting and killing the enemy. Two very different skill sets.

  2. avatar pwrserge says:

    USMC, when you need an ass kicked in 24 hours or less, accept not substitutes.

    1. avatar Hello World says:

      Somewhere a Vietnamese veteran is laughing at that.

      How about:

      “We’re inclusionary to other genders and women. We are a proud open and tolerant group that accepts all combatants.

      1. avatar pwrserge says:

        You’re confusing the US Army failures in Vietnam for Marine operations. If you look at the way the two services handled the parts of the country they were responsible for, they couldn’t be more different.

        1. avatar waffensammler98 says:

          +1. Marines took the valuable counter-insurgency experience picked up in Nicaragua and applied it to Vietnam a la the highly successful Combined Action Program.

        2. avatar Hello World says:

          Nope! A little history goes a long way. They had a major role in Vietnam.

        3. avatar Ogre says:

          Mention Combined Action Platoon (CAP) Marines in Vietnam? I was one, and the Small Wars Manual was our Bible.

        4. avatar pwrserge says:

          The big difference was the focus on the operational mentality of the USMC and US Army in Vietnam. The USMC was focused on controlling territory and forcing the vietcong out of the are by developing relationships with the locals. The Army was fighting the vietcong as if they were an army that could be located with “search and destroy” sweeps and eventually defeated. We all know how well the latter strategy works against a local insurgency.

      2. avatar Bosko says:

        The Viet Nam War was a political defeat, not a military defeat.

  3. avatar ironhead says:

    The few the proud the badass motherf*uckers who will haunt you worst nightmares if you piss one off.

    Think that about covers it.

  4. avatar kenneth says:

    How about; “No Longer Proud”?
    Got one for the Navy too: “Iron Ships With Wooden Men”.

    1. avatar Joe R. says:

      Traded clothes with Barbie too many times, Ken?

      1. avatar kenneth says:

        Clever! +1

  5. avatar ironhead says:

    I dunno kenneth. I know a few marines that might take exception to that.

    1. avatar kenneth says:

      Me too! Sometimes(like now) I just like to shake the tree hard to see what falls out of it. Frankly, I expected a whole lot more incoming than this. I’m kinda disappointed. Usually I can rile people way up. I must be losing my touch…

  6. avatar Defens says:

    My existence while grotesque and incomprehensible, to you, saves lives.

  7. avatar MiketheHopsFarmer says:

    We kill them all, and let God sort them out.

    1. avatar Mr. AR says:

      Arranging terrorist:paradise meetings since 2001.

  8. avatar Mike Betts says:

    Did I somehow click on The DuffelBlog by mistake?

    1. avatar Isaac says:

      You just explained a lot sir, thank you!

  9. avatar Gregolas says:

    Semper Fidelis, Semper Victrix

    1. avatar Hooorahhh? says:

      Semper Fidelis, Semper Valtrex.

      1. avatar YAR0892 says:

        Semper Gumby

    2. avatar GS650G says:

      Semper Paramus

  10. avatar Tycho Caine says:

    Go old school for today’s special snowflakes; “we never promised you a rose garden” and add “or a safe space”.

  11. avatar 0351 says:

    The unit official slogan has already been around for years. Kill Bodies, Eat Babies!

  12. avatar Adam Selene says:

    “Every meal’s a banquet, every paycheck a fortune and every formation a parade.”

  13. avatar Kroglikepie says:

    The USMC: We fuck them all to death.

  14. avatar strych9 says:

    “Killing our enemies and defiling their civilizations since 1775.” would get my vote as the “clean version acceptable to the general public”.

    Other slogans already exist but they’re not acceptable to the public.

  15. avatar jsallison says:

    Mariney McMarineFace? aka 3MF

    Can’t be any worse than Army of One (Tag, You’re It).

    1. avatar John Fritz, HMFIC says:

      Darn! Beat me to it.

    2. avatar YAR0892 says:

      So does that mean the rest of us get the weekend off? He’s got this, right?

  16. avatar Vhyrus says:

    Marines: The Mens Department

    An old joke, to be sure, but a crowd pleaser.

  17. avatar GuntotinDem says:

    I’m Army,

    Marines: Carpeting for bad beaches.

    Marines: Go where Artillery fears to tread.

    Stomps foot: Marine Mine detector.

    To all of us: Guaranteed to go in, No Guarantee to come back

    Could be worse, we could have been Navy.

  18. avatar Jay W. says:

    US Marine Corps – When it absolutely, positively has to be destroyed overnight.

    Heard this from an Marine several years ago.

  19. The Marines
    Our Only Weakness is a Hot Russian Spy

    1. avatar ME says:

      That’s only because Pvt Lonetree couldn’t get any otherwise.

  20. Marines, Part Navy, Part Army
    The Only Time in History Compromise Was a Good Thing

    1. avatar YAR0892 says:

      I like it…

    2. avatar KBonLI says:

      Like it.

  21. avatar waffensammler98 says:

    I’ve been told by jarheads young and old that the unofficial motto is “Every Marine a Handyman,” due to the creative jerry-rigging of broken things that naturally spawns from low funding.

  22. Jar Head
    Hot Lead
    You’re Dead
    Enough Said

    1. avatar TX Gun Gal says:

      That says it all
      Ex husband was a Marine (RIP)
      Ex because he didn’t realize when you get married, need to stop dating other women

      1. avatar Vhyrus says:

        Says who? It says love, honor and obey… I read nothing here about exclusivity.

        /call me

        1. avatar Curtis in IL says:

          “Forsaking all others, until death do us part.”
          That sounds pretty exclusive to me.
          I remember the pastor saying that. It was a bummer.

        2. avatar Vhyrus says:

          Ah, I see now… you signed the wrong contract :p

        3. avatar YAR0892 says:

          I laughed way too hard at this…

  23. avatar Ogre says:

    “Rough men who guarantee you can sleep safely tonight”

    I go back to the “The Marine Corps Builds Men” and “We don’t promise you a rose garden.” Those work for me, too.

    But hows about “Oversexed Underpaid Teenage Killers” (I was one in 1968)
    “No better friend, no worse enemy”. That kind of says it all. Thank Saint Mattis of Quantico (patron saint of chaos) for that one.

    Semper Fi!

    1. avatar pwrserge says:

      Technically, it’d be Saint Puller of Quantico. Mattis is still alive.

  24. avatar LarryinTX says:

    Nobody is going to explain why it needs to be changed?

    1. avatar Nigel the expat says:

      Agreed. Are Marines not few and proud any longer?

    2. avatar Ogre says:

      Why is the change in recruiting slogan needed. I dunno. “The Few, The Proud” worked outstandingly well for about 30 years. The Marine Corps has a brilliant advertising agency that dreams these things up, but it’s been a long time, you know? So maybe they’ve been lobbying for a change in recruiting slogans. Or maybe some officer at Marine Corps Recruiting Command had a brainstorm. I don’t know. I do know that if it ain’t broke, it doesn’t need to be fixed, and I can’t see much utility in replacing a slogan that has worked so well for so long.

      1. avatar YAR0892 says:

        Attack of the Good Idea Fairy…

  25. avatar matty 9 says:

    No better friend, no worse enemy.

  26. avatar Kharn says:

    “Blood for the Blood God, Skulls for the Skull Throne” sounds pretty good to me.

    1. avatar anonymoose says:

      I second this.

  27. avatar Ogre says:

    The Marines: Who is serving for your son today?

    The Marines: We have been doing so much with so little for so long, we can do anything with nothing forever!

    1. avatar Mark N. says:

      As a friend of mine, a former captain, used to say, “We get every one else’s hand-me-downs.” (Reminds me of a song, “Secondhand Rose”).

      1. avatar Southern Cross says:

        It wasn’t until the Reagan era the Marines started to get new equipment ahead of the other services and previously had to make do with the Army’s hand-me-downs.

        In WW2 the Marines were still using M1917 MGs, Brodie helmets, and bolt-action rifles years after the Army were using the lighter air-cooled M1919 MGs, M1 helmets, and M1 Garands (although the latter could have been also from resistance by old Marines who didn’t believe a semi-auto rifle was better than a bolt-action until proven).

        I remember a similar slogan to someone else’s:

        “When it has to be absolutely positively killed overnight!”

        from me:

        “Who answers when America calls 911?”

        and from a retired Marine I know:

        “Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children”

        1. avatar Eric Lawrence says:

          The Marines at Guadalcanal looked just like their fathers and uncles at Belleau Wood.

  28. avatar Brian says:

    Slay that dragon

  29. avatar Danny Griffin says:

    According to Gaia’s Dancing Indigo Children, it should probably be “Once a killer, always a killer.” Check this out.

  30. avatar MarkF says:

    Fuck with us at your peril.

  31. avatar Richard Tickler says:

    Marines: We Kill Shit.

  32. avatar ToddR says:

    Humping until heat-rash callouses over; then hump more.

  33. avatar Curtis in IL says:

    “We’re so redundant, we use three helicopters to haul one president.”

    Seriously I have great respect for all of our armed forces and see no reason to change the slogan, unless something so simple and so profound as “The few, the proud” is simply not understood by today’s recruiting pool.

  34. avatar SteveO says:

    The Marine Corps Version of Genesis 1

    In the beginning was the word, and the word was God.

    In the beginning was God, and all else was darkness and void, and without form. So God created the heavens and the Earth. He created the sun, and the moon, and the stars, so that light might pierce the darkness. The Earth, God divided between the land and the sea, and these he filled with many assorted creatures.

    And the dark, salty, slimy creatures that inhabited the murky depths of the oceans, God called sailors. And He dressed them accordingly. They had little trousers that looked like bells at the bottom. And their shirts had cute little flaps on them to hide the hickeys on their necks. He also gave them long sideburns and shabby looking beards. God nicknamed them “squids” and banished them to a lifetime at sea, so that normal folks would not have to associate with them. To further identify these unloved creatures, He called them “petty” and “commodore” instead of titles worthy of red-blooded men.

    And the flaky creatures of the land, God called soldiers. And with a twinkle in His eye, and a sense of humor that only He could have, God made their trousers too short and their covers too large. He also made their pockets oversized, so that they may warm their hands. And to adorn their uniforms, God gave them badges in quantities that only a dime store owner could appreciate. And He gave them emblems and crests… and all sorts of shiny things that glittered…and devices that dangled. (When you are God you tend to get carried away.)

    On the 6th day, He thought about creating some air creatures for which he designed a Greyhound bus driver’s uniform, especially for Air Force flyboys. But He discarded the idea during the first week, and it was not until years later that some apostles resurrected this theme and established what we now know as the “Wild-Blue-Yonder Wonders.”

    And on the 7th day, as you know, God rested.

    But on the 8th day, at 0730, God looked down upon the earth and was not happy. No, God was not happy! So He thought about His labors, and in His divine wisdom God created a divine creature. And this He called Marine. And these Marines, who God had created in His own image, were to be of the air, and of the land, and of the sea. And these He gave many wonderful uniforms. Some were green; some were blue with red trim. And in the early days, some were even a beautiful tan. He gave them practical fighting uniforms, so that they could wage war against the forces of Satan and evil. He gave them service uniforms for their daily work and training. And He gave them evening and dress uniforms… sharp and stylish, handsome things… so that they might promenade with their ladies on Saturday night and impress the hell out of everybody! He even gave them swords, so that people who were not impressed could be dealt with accordingly. And at the end of the 8th day, God looked down upon the earth and saw that it was good. But was God happy? No! God was still not happy! Because in the course of His labors, He had forgotten one thing: He did not have a Marine uniform for himself. He thought about it, and thought about it, and finally God satisfied Himself in knowing that, well… not everybody can be a Marine!

    Semper Fi from a prior Semper Paratus

    And the motto, just go with Semper Fi.

  35. avatar Saldab Perkins says:

    Only got a 15 on the ASVAB? That’s Good enough for us… and good enough for America!! (Eagle Screeching sound effect, Cue Guitar riff)

    1. avatar Arc says:

      I recall my first team leader had a 27… He blew up his rifle trying to shoot a cleaning rod out of it.

  36. avatar Jim S. says:

    The Marines, Hey, at least we’re not the Army.

    1. avatar Jason says:

      Hey now! The army has the best cooks!

      1. avatar matty 9 says:


        The navy cooks on subs are the best, everyone knows this. Second best is the NCO chow hall on MCAS Iwakuni Japan.

  37. avatar Gordon in MO says:

    We kill people and blow up things!

    Semper Fi.

  38. avatar JTPhilly says:

    “Son, we live in a world that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Who’s gonna do it? You? You, Lieutenant Weinberg? I have a greater responsibility than you can possibly fathom. You weep for Santiago and you curse the Marines. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know, that Santiago’s death, while tragic, probably saved lives. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives! You don’t want the truth, because deep down in places you don’t talk about at parties, you want me on that wall. You need me on that wall. We use words like “honor”, “code”, “loyalty”. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it!”

    Might be a little long for a T-shirt…

  39. avatar Ralph says:

    How about “The Marines, Where Women and Transgenders Now Fight for Us.”

    I think it’s catchy and very PC.

  40. avatar JR says:

    Embrace the suck!

  41. avatar rdsii64 says:

    Slogans, We don’t need no stink’n slogans

    Semper Fi

  42. avatar rdsii64 says:

    NEWS FLASH!! Our slogan never changed. The Brass is just considering run some commercials without a tagline at the end.

  43. Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Infantrymen

  44. Oh I got one!


  45. avatar M9 says:

    MARINE – Muscles Are Required, Intelligence Non Essential.

    I can say that, I are one!

    1. avatar Ogre says:

      Don’t forget… Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children….or, Uniform Shit and Mass Confusion

      Safety Note: Only Marines can say these things. All others will be in deep kimchee if they do…

      Semper Fi!

  46. avatar Ragnarredbeard says:

    Be polite, be nice, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.

  47. avatar Dave Lewis says:

    My Ass Rides In Navy Equipment

  48. avatar Paul says:

    First to go, last to know.

  49. avatar GS650G says:

    Travel to exotic lands, meet interesting people, then kill them.

  50. Held a Marine Corps ID card for 32 years. This is my song:

  51. Serving with distinction, from the land to the sea.

  52. avatar Racer88 says:

    A couple in use already (privately) among Marines:

    “Marines – First to go, last to know.”

    “Marines – The Men’s Department of the Navy.”


  53. avatar navillus says:

    Life is Hard, We’re Harder.
    The Marines

  54. avatar That Jason says:

    The cluster that fucks.

  55. avatar jwm says:

    The Navy stood on the right of the throne of God. The Army stood on the left. Kneeling at Gods feet were the Marines and mules.

    God said unto the Navy and the Army, “I will toss this golden coin in the air. Who wins the toss will have choice of the Marines or the mules.”

    The Army won the toss and promptly chose the mules. Leaving the Marines for the Navy.

    In the fullness of time the Army replaced the mules with motor vehicles.

    The Navy still has the Marines. And they are still pissed at God for denying best 2 out of 3.

  56. avatar Slick says:

    Marines: All the crayons and paste you can eat, join today. Muscles Are Required, Intelligence Not Essential….

    I kid, I kid.

  57. avatar Stogie says:

    “We may fly Air Force. We may sail Navy. But we are more than an Army of One”

  58. avatar Bollocks Troy says:

    Crossing the equator is the best.

  59. avatar Guy Incognito says:

    Former Marine Grunt here. This one’s easier.

    “Doing more with less since 1775”

    1. avatar Tom in PA says:

      or, making simple shit hard since 1775

  60. avatar TruthTellers says:

    “The Corps of America… The Marines.”

  61. avatar Mort says:

    Free Haircuts! Sign here.

    1. avatar Mort says:

      Or maybe…

      You’ll join to play with the guns, but you’ll stay for the chow.

  62. avatar Daniel says:

    How about something that highlights the mental capacities of the Marines, like ‘Crayon Eaters Incorporated’, or something that highlights their delicate nature, and understanding of a sensitive mission, like ‘Surgery with a Sledgehammer’
    I feel either of those sum up the Marine Corp nicely…

    1. avatar Steve M says:

      You must be thinking of the Navy…all their urinals have signs that say, “Please don’t eat the big white mints”!

  63. avatar mrbadnews says:

    “The Marines. We’re trying to be less stoopider that we used to be.”

    They won’t take kids with just s GED anymore. I try to help troubled young men get their stuff together. A lot of those kids have nothing. I mean nothing. Many are smart and in tip top physical condition. Perfect candidates for the Marines for those kids that want to be a Marine. Especially if they’ve had a relative that served in the Marines. It’s a big motivator for them. Before the election the Marines required a 15 College Credits with a GED. I was helping a kid with only a GED that scored a 79 on the ASVAB. That’s a darned high score. Marines wouldn’t take him. He went Army and got a great job as well as going straight in to Ranger school right off the bat. He gets to kick in teeth and jump out of Airplanes, so he’s good to go. But the Marines GED policy is stupid.

  64. avatar Darkwing says:

    USMC: when you need people murdered, when you need a country destroyed, for no reason

    1. avatar Steve M says:

      You must be thinking of Hillary…

    2. avatar jwm says:

      You’re so edgy, darkwing duck.

  65. avatar Steve M says:

    Fight. Win. Repeat.

  66. avatar iowaclass says:

    “The Marines: now with 33% fewer hazing-beatings!”

  67. avatar Tom in PA says:

    USMC – Unlimited Shit, Mass Confusion

  68. avatar Roymond says:

    Some people just need to be killed.

    Who you gonna call?

    The U.S. Marine Corps.

  69. avatar Roymond says:

    Think the local gang is tough?
    Think again.

    U.S. Marine Corps.

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