Chronic Marine Syndrome (CMS)

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edited February 2010 in US Military Veteran Forum
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Chronic Marine Syndrome (CMS). This condition affects men and women of all

Symptoms to look for are:

1. Pride in oneself and the organization they represent.

2. A strong willingness to put in extra attention to detail to get the job

3. May wear articles of Marine clothing; T-shirts, jackets, watches, well
into their 80's.

4. Will not hesitate to stand up or put their hand over their heart, or even
salute when the National Anthem is played.

5. Does not succumb easily to political correctness.

6. Is sure of who they are.

7. Is often either respected or hated by others, due to their abilities and

8. May donate toys to needy kids at Christmas.

9. Some have been known to wear their hair in a high and tight well into
their 90's.

10. Will look you in the eye when talking to you.

11. Will give you a firm handshake.

12. Knows what honor, courage and commitment mean.

13. Can usually be found in some type of leadership position in whatever
organization they work for.

14. Will often regard their drill instructors with the same respect as their

15 Often found in either law enforcement or various professions.

16 Is extremely thorough at what they do.

17 Does not wear a bunch of patches to adorn their uniform. Their title of
Marine is often sufficient.

18 Often arrives at work earlier than expected. If they wear a shirt and tie
in their job, you might see the tie clip. between the third and fourth
button centered.

19 Had spent time training at one of two places; Parris Island or San Diego.

20 May be able to field strip their rifle, up to 60 years after leaving
active duty.

21 Can recite the nomenclature of the M1, M14 or M16.

22 May often have his pencils sharpened to a perfect precision point.

23 Will not back down from a fight.

Other symptoms include willingness to take on a challenge and maintaining a
positive attitude in the face of adversity.

Yes, CMS is real, and very hard to treat. The person with this condition
often utters phrases such as Once a Marine always a Marine, or OooooRah.
Some may even say Semper Fi on many occasions. It is best if you know
someone with this condition to just leave them be. These people tend to be
fiercely loyal to the Marine Corps.

Folks, this condition, although not curable can be treated. Some successful
treatments have included;

1. Frequent visits to the base where they last served or looking at their
Marine memorabilia

2. Get them around other Marines to help them flourish. They need other
Marines who have shared the same experiences

3. Have them get memberships in organizations such as the Marine Corps
League, The Marine Corps Association, Together We Served or have them join

4. Some may require extra special attention such as buying items from
grunt.com or watching movies about the Marine Corps, this is only natural
and nothing to be afraid of.

Whatever you do, remember that Chronic Marine Syndrome must be managed
carefully. For example: In Michigan, a young man attempted to mug a Marine
Korean War veteran who had advanced stages of chronic Marine Syndrome. It
wasn't pretty! The mugger was severely beaten and required multiple

Remember folks, Chronic Marine Syndrome is real, while there may not be a
cure, we can live with it.

Any questions, please see your local Marine. or go to 1-800-IMA-Marine for
more information.


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