Arguments for Reenlisting

Your 4 or 6 year “hitch” with the USMC is finally coming to an end and you are faced with the decision of whether or not you should reenlist. And while some may emphatically answer in the negative, the prudent service person will deliberate over this very important question carefully before reaching a decision. After all, it is a decision that could be as life-changing as the one you made when you enlisted.

  • The economy: While the economy is booming currently, wages are actually down in the civilian sector. Many people still have to work two jobs in order to make ends meet. The military offers great job security and most of your living expenses are already paid for.
  • Reenlistment incentives: The Marine Corps is currently spending $136 million in reenlistment bonuses and other incentives to retain talented and skilled soldiers. The USMC realizes that achieving retention goals is extremely vital for the future of our country and for the individual who is considering reenlisting.
  • Pension: The private sector is quickly doing away with pensions. The military is not. The choice to reenlist can be a sound one for your family’s long term financial goals. Every day that you remain in the services you are building towards that future.
  • Camaraderie: All other reasons and incentives aside, there is a sense of fellowship that exist in the services that is stronger than any other part of society. Men and women in the services bond due to the uniqueness of their shared experience.
  • Switching career fields: In order to explore a different career field once you leave the military you may have to essentially start all over again. This can involve going back to school or getting some other kind of training. In the armed services it is much easier to transition between specialties than it is in the civilian world.reenlisting

So, when it comes to deciding whether or not to reenlist the old saying “Act in haste; repent in leisure” applies. We realize that the choice to reenlist is not for everyone. However, we believe that the USMC is a more than worthy organization to back all the way. There are opportunities abound, an amazing support system and training in some unique specialties. We believe you will be proud of your decision to stay with this proud organization that helps defend the bastion of freedom. Whether you decide to reenlist or not, make sure to take a look at our USMC store for US marine gifts this season and every season.

Things Every Veteran Should Know About the GI Bill

The Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944 – this is the technical name for one of the most significant pieces of legislation to ever be passed by Congress. It’s more familiar name is the GI Bill of Rights and it has changed the lives of millions of service men and women in every branch of this nation’s military. And although it has evolved and been reconstructed since President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed it into law – particularly since 9/11 – it still gives veterans a myriad of benefits ranging from loan assistance for homes, farms or businesses and unemployment pay. It also offers training benefits such as:

  • College degree programs including Associate, Bachelor and advanced degree programs
  • Vocational/Technical Training including non-college degree programs
  • On-the-job/Apprenticeship Training
  • Licensing & Certification Reimbursement
  • National Testing Programs such as SAT, CLEP, AP, etc
  • Flight Training
  • Correspondence Training
  • Work-study programs
  • Tuition Assistance Top-Up
  • Tutorial Assistance

Differences Between the Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits and The Montgomery Bill?

As we’ve said, the GI Bill changed somewhat after the tragedy of 9/11. Under it, veterans are allowed to receive pretty much the same benefits as before. However, there are differences between it and the bill preceding it – known as the Montgomery Bill (MGIB):

  • Buy-in Requirement: Post-9/11: None; MGIB: $1,200
  • Who receives payment: Post-9/11: Educational institution receives tuition; MGIB: Veteran receives payment
  • Book stipend and living expenses: Post-9/11: Yes; MGIB: None
  • Expanded educational benefits: Post-9/11: Yes; MGIB: No
  • Are benefits transferable? Post-9/11: Yes, under some circumstances; MGIB: No
  • Time limit: Post-9/11: 15 years; MGIB: 10 years
  • Yellow Ribbon Program: Post-9/11: Yes; MGIB: No

In brief, The Post-911 GI Bill of Rights, increases the benefits students can receive in order to further their education. It also supplies funds for the cost of living a student may incur while attending school. Because the plans differ from one another, veterans should carefully go over the pros and cons of each. They can best do this by going to the VA website and studying the differences carefully. The government has gone gi billthrough great efforts to show its appreciation for our servicemen and women. They are concerned with ensuring that each veteran reaches his or her potential both in and out of the service. We strive to help service people show their pride with the Marine Corps hats for sale and other items and apparel at our USMC store.

More Reasons Made in the USA Still Means Something

This past July the 4th we celebrated the 242nd anniversary of our nation’s independence. That is a goal that all Americans can be proud of. However, one of the things that instill us with pride, apart from how our brave servicemen and women serve us all, is that our products Marine Corps products are still made in America. Go online and seek out the big mass retailers and I would dare say that few could make that same claim. Nor do many of them care where they source their goods. We do. We care for the following reasons:

  • Products Made in the USA produce jobs – here! The global economy is one thing, but it is important that Americans can find opportunities to work here in the US. Products made in the USA move along a long chain and employs people who work in trucking, manufacturing, supply, etc.
  • Products Made in the USA are better for the environment: Many countries do not have the same strict manufacturing processes when it comes to the economy that the US does. America has much higher standards and better technologies that produce more eco-friendly end products.
  • Products Made in the USA help reduce the deficit: Unfortunately, our economy is nearly always running at a deficit. An investment in American products improves the economy while reducing the deficit.
  • Products that are outsourced to other countries rarely return here: The outsourcing of jobs to foreign countries has long had a devastating effect on American businesses. In too many cases, those jobs are gone forever. Buying American products help to reduce the chances that will occur.
  • Buying from American producers promotes our independence: We Americans are proud of our independence and rightfully so. Unfortunately, we have become reliant on foreign imports. Some of these imports are from countries that by no means have our best interest in mind. Buying American made products like our Marine Corps products online allow us to lessen our dependence on foreign countries. made in america

In short, buying products that are American made makes us stronger as a nation. Sure, we could outsource like too many businesses do, but then we would only be contributing to the problem. After all, if we did not believe in a strong nation we would not have served in the armed forces.

Boot Camp Graduation Gift Ideas

To paraphrase political activist, philosopher, political theorist and revolutionary Thomas Paine, going through boot camp is a time that tests men’s souls and, as it so happens, their mettle. Completing this 13-week journey is also a time that every recruit is bound to remember for the rest of his life. It is also a time when military spouses, significant others and family members often choose to express their pride in this major accomplishment by giving them Marine Corps gifts. If you’re are searching for the perfect gift to give someone who has just graduated boot camp, consider the following Marine Corps items for sale:

  • Large U.S.M.C. Multi Tool Pocket Knife: Although recruits are issued a great deal of equipment upon completion of basic training, a multi-use pocket knife is still a stylish and practical gift that any serviceman will enjoy. Our multi-use tools are made of laser-engraved rosewood and a corkscrew, a bottle opener and several knives as well as other cutting tools.
  • Challenge coins: Challenge coins are durable, attractive and portable. They can also be engraved with a number of designs and messages all expressing pride in the Marines.
  • Gift certificates: Of course there is no better way to ensure that a new graduate will enjoy his gift than to let him pick it out himself. To this end, why not get him a gift certificate in amounts of $25 to $100?
  • Watches: A large part of military life is staying on a precise schedule at all times. To that end, a watch is both decorative and practical. Our watches are also durable and come in all kinds of Marine Corp related designs. We even sell a Gold U.S. Marines pocket watch.
  • Marine Corps wallet or money clip: Both money clips and wallets are practical and can be stylish as well. We have several money clips that are engraved with the Marine Corps logo as well as genuine leather wallets.boot camp graduation

Those are just a few gifts that you can give the boot camp graduate in your life as a reward for making it through one of life’s toughest challenges. We have many other items on our site that boot camp grads will be proud to own. Let your loved know that their hard work and sacrifice is appreciated and that you support them through the long journey ahead as a US Marine.

Top Memorial Day Destinations

Memorial Day Weekend is one of the busiest vacation times for Americans. People from all around our great nation are packing, scanning the Internet for vacation deals and anticipating spending time with loved ones. However, as we all know, this holiday is not just about enjoying a three day weekend. It is about honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. One way to do this is by visiting one of the many museums in the nation dedicated to our fallen comrades. Here is a list of some of the most visited memorials in the nation.

  • National Infantry Museum: Located in Fort Benning, GA this $100 million museum includes displays from the Siege of Yorktown to the war in Iraq. Visitors can even try out the facility’s combat and rifle range simulators.
  • National Museum of the Marine Corps: Located in Triangle, VA: This museum provides a total immersion experience for visitors.
  • National World War II Museum: This museum does an excellent job of relaying the experience and magnitude of World War II. Visitors can even hear films narrated by Tom Hanks (who starred in ‘Saving Private Ryan’) and produced by Steven Spielberg. It is an emotional experience and an educational one as well.
  • S. Naval Academy Museum: This museum located in Annapolis, Md., pays tribute to the role the Navy has played in our securing and maintaining our nation’s freedom.
  • Fort Sill National Historic Landmark and Museum and the U.S. Army Field Artillery Museum: This museum has displays dating back to the 1870s. The nearby field artillery museum has an impressive display of military technology housed there.
  • National WWI Museum and Memorial, Kansas City, Missouri: This museum pays tribute to that often forgotten war. There are over 75,000 items displayed there as it is one of Kansas City’s top tourist destinations.
  • National Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola, Florida: This museum is a tribute to naval air power. It even hosts a superb collection of over 150 aircraft, a flight simulator and the immersive Blue Angels 4D experience.memorial day

Yes, we know that visitors to our site would never forget the true meaning of Memorial Day. These museums are reminders to the rest of us how freedom is an American birthright. Show your pride wherever you decide to vacation with a Marine Corps jacket or USMC jewelry.

Top 5 Veteran-Run Businesses

What does service in this nation’s armed forces prepare one to do in civilian life? This is something that civilians who have never served sometimes wonder. Well, the answer is quite simple really – anything and everything. This is proven every day by veteran’s who excel in all walks of civilian life. It is especially demonstrated by veteran’s who have leveraged the leadership skills that they learned in the armed forces into management roles in the business world. It might surprise some of our reader’s to learn the names of some of these prominent leaders and the companies they started or now control. Among some companies you know that were founded by veterans are:

·         RE/MAX: This real-estate giant was cofounded by Air Force veteran Dave Liniger. Liniger served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War and says of his service that it taught him “self-discipline and a sense of responsibility.”

·         FedEx: FedEx was founded by Marine Corps veteran, Fred Smith. Currently FedEx is the 10th-largest private employer in the United States.

·         Wal-Mart: The world’s largest company was founded by a former Army intelligence officer named Sam Walton. Walton achieved the rank of captain. His brother Bud was a bomber pilot for the Navy in the Pacific.

  • GoDaddy: This company, which registers the overwhelming majority of web domains, was founded by Marine Veteran Bob Parsons. Parsons served in Vietnam and earned a Combat Action Ribbon, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry and the Purple Heart. He has written on his site that he would not be where he is today without the Marine Corps.
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car Company: Headquarted in Clayton, Missouri, this rental veteran businesscar giant was founded by Jack Taylor, a decorated Navy pilot who served in WWII.

All these men have gone on to found or cofound successful businesses from lives that begin with service to the nation. All have been proud members of the country’s armed forces and would not be where they are without those years of service and the skills that the military instilled in them. All run their companies with that same pride. We too are proud members of Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Marines Corps League. Show your pride by displaying our USMC hats and other merchandise from our eagle globe and anchor store.

Top Documentaries about War and the Military

Documentarians have a job that is more complicated and nuanced that those of ordinary film makers. They must attempt to educate as well as entertain. So for those people who have an interest in the nation’s armed forces and in history there are documentaries about military and war. Some of these documentaries are quite enlightening for those who have not served. Check out our list of the top documentaries about this nation’s military.

  • The War: This seven-part series is about World War II and is about the distressing, personal accounts of soldiers from standard American towns. It was made by Ken Burns noted documentarian behind the award winning PBS series on The Civil War.
  • Restrepo: Directed by Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger this documentary is about one year with a platoon fighting in the deadliest valley in Afghanistan. It features: The Men of Battle Company 2nd of the 503rd Infantry Regiment 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Juan ‘Doc Restrepo, Dan Kearney and LaMonta Caldwell.
  • Legion of Brothers: This documentary gives viewers access to the U.S. Special Forces and their efforts in Afghanistan to overthrow the Taliban immediately after 9/11.military
  • Great Raids of World War II: This documentary features six stores of Allied military operations which took place during World War II. It is told through archival footage and veterans who survived the battles.
  • Escape from Marawi: Produced by ABC News Australia, this documentary tells the story of ISIS’ move into Southeast Asia as it attempts to gain territory and membership. It also tells about those who are trying to prevent this overthrow.
  • Secrets of the SAS: In Their Own Words: This four part series explores the Special Forces through candid interviews with former members. It relates their human experiences serving with the top secret, military unit.

Yes, all these documentaries attempt to capture some aspect of war and military life. Some are quite successful at capturing the sacrifice that must be made in order to protect freedom. That is why we have great pride in those documentaries that do capture that experience and relate it to the public as only skilled documentarians can do. We also have pride in the organizations that support us in our efforts to supply our customers with USMC hats and other Marine Corps merchandise from our eagle globe and anchor store. These items are about expressing pride in our nation’s armed forces and the principles that they represent.

Opha May Johnson: A Tribute

The history of women in the United States armed forces is a long and complicated one. Even before they were allowed to officially enlist in the services, women still contributed in supporting the defense of the nation as spies, nurses and even secret soldiers. During the revolutionary war, Prudence “Prue” Cummings Wright, who had just lost two children, became leader of “Mrs. David Wright’s Guard. However, for the most part these women were not officially recognized to be members of the branches in which they served. That changed with one woman Opha May Johnson who was the first known woman to enlist in the United States Marine Corps. She joined the Marine Corps Reserve in 1918, officially becoming the first female Marine.

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Background

Johnson was born in Kokomo, Indiana in 1879. It was there that she graduated from Wood’s Commercial College and was expected to lead a typical life for a woman of the time. On August 13, 1918, Johnson joined the Marine Corps Reserve during World War I. At that time, Johnson enlisted along with 300 other women. (Due to her good fortune, she happened to be the first in line to do so.) Although her main duties as a Marine were clerical in nature, Johnson put into her work the same amount of zeal that she had used her whole life up to that point.

Her Legacy

Unfortunately, much of the progress that women in the armed services had made up to that point was slowly eroded as the Marine Corps began to steadily dis-enroll women who had enlisted to help out during the war. However, a few decades later Congress would pass the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act in 1948. This act acknowledges the trail blazing women like Johnson and others and is behind the fact that there are now approximately 1.4 million women serving in the U.S. armed forces including 14, 000 in the Marines.

Johnson was all about demonstrating her pride in the greatest organization in the world which now benefits greatly from the contributions of both sexes in the defense of our country. You can further demonstrate your pride in the Corps by purchasing one of our USMC novelties and USMC home décor items. Our gift items are quality made in the USA and are an attractive way to add a special touch to your home whether you reside in on or off base housing.

Tips for Staying Safe During Outdoor Workouts

Anyone who has ever served knows that physical fitness is a never-ending journey. It is not simply a goal that once met can be ignored. Marines in particular dedicate themselves to a lifestyle that means that they must physically challenge themselves 365 days a year. However, when it comes to exercising outdoors the desire to challenge oneself must be weighed against the possibility of injury. This is especially true of engaging in outdoor exercises during the winter. The cold can make muscles more prone to strain and other damage. So that you can enjoy the exhilaration of outdoor exercise while keeping your workout routine safe and effective, we would like to offer you some of these tips.

  • Check weather conditions and wind chill: According to experts, wind chill levels below 18F (minus 28C) can cause frostbite to occur on exposed skin in 30 minutes or less. Thus, it is always a good idea to get the forecast before exercising outdoors during the winter.

  • Know the signs of frostbite and hypothermia: The early signs of frostbite include numbness, loss of feeling or a stinging sensation. Hypothermia occurs when the body loses heat more rapidly than it can be produced. In both cases you should get indoors immediately.

  • Dress in layers: In order to find the right layer of clothing you should wear during outdoor exercise, try some experimentation. Dress warmly but not too warmly as you may need to remove some layers of clothing if you begin to perspire too much. We have a Marine Corps jacket and other Marine Corps gifts such as hats and sweat pants that can keep you warm as you express your pride.

  • Stay Hydrated: Simply because you are more prone to produce more sweat in the warm months than in winter does not mean that you should ignore your body’s requirements for water. Your body needs to replenish fluids lost during intense workouts regardless of whether it is warm outside or not.

  • Remember to warm up prior to exercising: Warm muscles work more efficiently and are less prone to strain than muscles that have had not been stretched. Try walking for a brief period prior to working out.

In short, there is a certain sense of exhilaration involved in exercising outdoors during any season. But even the most dedicated among us must take certain precautions to ensure that doing so does not put one’s health at risk.

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The Marine Corps and Toys for Tots

There is a saying and a song that goes “Christmas is for Children.” And with this saying comes the image of children all over the country who will awaken on Christmas morning to gleefully unwrap their presents after a restless night of sleep. However, as painful as it is to imagine, this is not how Christmas morning will play out in every home in the nation. Some families struggle hard to provide themselves with life’s necessities let alone the luxuries of the season. Children in such homes will sadly not share in the joy of opening a shiny new present on Christmas morning. Knowing that this is the case with many families, Major Bill Hendricks founded the Toys for Tots program in 1947.

The History of Toys for Tots

Toys for Tots began back in 1947 when, inspired by his wife, Major Hendricks, gathered reservists to collect and distribute thousands of unwrapped toys to children. Eventually celebrity support was also gained and since then the organization has been designated as an official mission for the Marine Corps Reserves. Moreover, since its inception the program has collected and dispensed more than 512 million toys. That is a lot of joy delivered to a lot of children.

The Toys for Tots Mission

The mission of Toys for Tots is to collect and distribute unwrapped toys for less fortunate children in the vicinity of the collection sites. These collections take place from October to December of each year. You can go to ToysforTots.org to find the drop off site nearest you. You can also go to that same site to inquire how you can be of assistance by making your location one of those sites. We have many seasonal USMC gifts that will go well right alongside the rest of your Christmas decorations. Marine Corps items for sale on our site include festive, affordably priced ornaments that demonstrate pride in the Corps. Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us at eMarine PX.