Originally Posted by Vagrant Storm
I was told we were a division of the Navy, but had our own separate funding...which was about 3% of the total defense budget LOL.
So the Marines aren't "owned" by the navy...just managed.
But the OP source is nothing new...they violated an article of the UCMJ and likely for money. I know of Marines that got in trouble for taking pictures that happened to have equipment in the back ground...even though that same equipment had been featured in popular mechanics. However, being paid money for even giving out tiny secrets?...that is a big deal and they are probably lucky
A lot of rights do not apply to service members...Heh, like the Bill of Rights for example. I got the you are now government property speech on day 1 of boot camp, and thought it was a scare tactic, but it is true. You do not have the right to free speech, you do not have the right to bare arms (must be kept in the armory and can be taken from you at any time), You always have soldiers in your house (LOL, but really, you always have an on duty "soldier" watching you), You can be searched at any time...even have your scivies checked, you are not protected from double jeopardy since if you get in trouble in civilian law you will get in trouble back on base as well...ect...I don't want to go down the whole list, but none of them apply.
Not saying that it is a bad idea to join the military...I wouldn't trade my time for anything. Just that it is a different world with different rules. You can't really understand it with out going though it.
Unlike its Army and Air Force counterparts, the Department of the Navy comprises two uniformed services: the United States Navy and the United States Marine Corps.
One isn't necessarily "owned" by the other, but are the same military department. We used to kid the marines that they were the grunts of the navy. They would kid back that we were too pansy to actually face our enemies and instead lob munitions from a safe distance. Plus if they needed a ride, we were the taxi's. lol!
I too would not trade my service for anything. It is the major reason I am where I am in life and business. I have this job (for the last 8 years) specifically because I was in the Navy. After my interview I was sitting in the lobby listening to my future manager and GM of the company argue. Finally the GM (a retired marine), yelled at my soon to be boss: "He was in the Navy, what better reference do you need? HIRE HIM!"