Dealing with Morons on Boot Leave.

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  1. 4516

    4516 On the Beach

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    Came home from Boot Camp and ITR. A guy I used to hang out with started ragging me about being a Marine.

    Wanted to challenge me with a whole bunch of stuff to show me Marines aren't so special. I just ignored him.

    Then he told me he wanted to fight me. I asked him why? He said he wanted to show he was as tough as a Marine. I told him I wasn't interested in fighting him. He kept pushing the issue.

    Finally he said, "Why don't you want to fight. Marines are supposed to be so tough a fighter. Didn't they teach you how to fight in Boot Camp"?

    I told him, "No they didn't teach me how to fight in Boot Camp. All they taught me was how to kill another human being, with my bare hands, a gun or a knife. I don't want to kill you".

    He never brought the subject up again.
     
  2. HandyMan Hugh

    HandyMan Hugh NRA Life Member

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    A very good reply. I admire your self control and maturity. Much success in the Marines. :wavey:
     
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    Seems to me you've learned well how to handle yourself . . . Semper-Fi!
     
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    robin303 Helicopter Nut

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    Semper Kill Devil pup
     
  6. 4516

    4516 On the Beach

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    When I started this Thread, I was hoping to start a dialogue with fellow Marines about similar situations. I was not looking for accolades.

    The event took place a long time ago in another century. The term ITR should have been a clue as to how old the event was. Don't think ITR has been used in the Corps for several decades.

    Sorry for any confusion.
     
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    Accolade withdrawn . . . as you were. :supergrin:
     
  8. Java Junky

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    No harm airing a good solution to what's not an uncommon problem for up'n comers, yes?
    'Might have made a difference here and there, y'know?
    Well . . it might've.
    Semper-fi '16.
     
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    Way to go Marine. Semper Fi and all the best to you my brother.
     
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    Way back in 1978 much the same thing happened to me. As a newly minted Marine Anti-Tank Assault man I stood five feet seven inches tall and weighed 142 pounds. With my high and tight haircut and Marine Corps shirts, many guys would ask how tough Marines were. I would explain that my training with the M16A1, M1911, M72 LAW, M202 rocket launcher, 106 Recoilless Rifle, demolitions and of course hand to hand combat was for Americas enemies. Inevitably they would become interested in the training, what I did and how cool it was to shoot/blow things up.

    Semper Fi

    Mike
     
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    Jealousy is a problem for some. You can take a little pride in that he felt he had to prove he was as good as...... This is all too common.
     
  12. DWARREN123

    DWARREN123 Grumpy Old Guy

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    Happened with me after jump school. Some folks want to be bad but are just sad!
     
  13. DesertEagle.45

    DesertEagle.45 USMC 8531 Lifetime Member

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    Semper Fi! Thankfully I never had to deal with any of this.

    I think you may have hit the nail on the head there.
     
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    The best way to deal with stupidity is to ignore stupid questions. When I was in the Marine Corps we went to Disneyland Anaheim alot. Some guy just wanted to brag about what they were not yet, as most of us were looking at shipping out to the RVN. I found I had a lot more fun, and got to spend more quality time with young ladies listing to them talking about themselves. There wishes later in life, hopes, and wanting family & kids.

    You can read between the lines about what I considered quality time.
     
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    Duplicate post. Computer choked...
     
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    Very cool response to a very stupid person. Thank you for your service...
     
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    On the other hand, where I grew up there was a small Navy Base. Swabbies right out of basic would be sent there, and these boys thought they were tough all of a sudden. The local logger and shake rat kids routinely dished out beat downs to them. Eventually many of the new swabbies would fit in with the locals. Some never did.
     
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    Awesome reply. On the flip side of the coin, I remember plenty of Marines talking trash and starting fights with me and other sailors when I was in A school in Millington. I had to defend myself a couple of times back then when we were in uniform walking down the main street in Millington and a carload of Marines would pass by and throw stuff at us, then pull over and start a fight.
     
  19. The Fist Of Goodness

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    About 20 years ago, at the Jersey shore, a my brother and I were challenged by a kid who claimed that Marines were tougher than cops and feds, because Marines were taught to never quit and...blah blah blah.

    Turns out, the kid had been kicked out after three weeks in boot camp for failing to disclose a suicide attempt. We ragged him a bit after that.
     
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    Left MCRD SanDiego and spent liberty driving to San Francisco and back. Nice week, very uneventful. Infantry school at Camp Pen the next week.

    Post Nam era. Biggest problem was a few Bay Area restaurants demanded we sit in the back by the kitchen. They didn't want military personel sitting with the "real" customers.