While most sites are playing the Commandant’s birthday message, posting some sort of link to a motivational video on YouTube, or writing a missive about the history of the Corps, today I decided to instead share one of my favorite Marine Corps jokes:
On the evening of November 10th, 1775, a guy walks into Tun Tavern, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for his nightly tankard of ale. He notices a couple gents setting up a table, and walks over to them.
“What’re ya doin’ here?” he asked.
“Oh, we’re recruitin for a new outfit called the Marine Corps,” one said. “We just formed it today,” said the other.
“Marine Corps, eh? What’s that?”
“Well, we aim to put Marines on ships as seaborne warriors. In addition to fighting ship-to-ship battles, the Marines will also be tasked with conducting amphibious operations… raids for provisions and such. You want to sign up?” asked the Marines’ first recruiter.
“Well, sounds interesting. What’s in it for me?”
“Sign up today and you get a free tankard of ale,” the recruiter said.
“A free tankard? Okay, sure, I’ll sign up.” So the man signed up, collected his free tankard of ale, and went to sit at a table reserved for new recruits.
He sat there for a while, drinking his ale, and another guy walks over with two tankards of ale and sits down.
“Where’d you get those two tankards of ale?” asks the first recruit.
“I signed up for the Marine Corps,” says the second. “They were giving out two free tankards for anyone who would sign up.”
The first looks at his near-empty tankard and says, “Wasn’t like that in the Old Corps.”
Semper Fidelis, brothers. And happy birthday.