Monday, May 5, 2014

Marine Corps Friendships

Interaction with marines is never the same as with civilians. You already have this common ground, it is easy to go up and talk to a marine and create a conversation, the environment is simply just different. It is hard to explain to someone who has not experienced it. In the marine corps to a certain extent you already care about the person standing beside you.

However, meeting them on a friend level is different. It is a lot like high school with it's many cliques based on platoons and then broken down even further. So, although there is 200 people they all already have their friends within the unit. So to become friends it often takes time or needing help from someone to become close with them. Like most relationships it simply takes effort without effort there is no relationship.

I met three of my closest friends in boot camp. Boot camp like any other places has cliques people you like and don't like. Unlike in the civilian world this connection did not make us the same because everyone there had the same goal to become a Marine. However, to me it explains all Marine Corps friendships. Many people who have not been through this experience do not understand this relationship. In this short time you become so close to people because they're all you have. They're the people who understand your life and what you're going through.

Despite the fact that you are often far apart and rarely get to see each other that care and love do not go away. It's been over a year since I've seen these girls and I know I could always count on them for anything. They're just a phone call or plane ride away. Whenever I need anything I can simply call them and they'll be there.

Our bond remains despite time, distance, and even death. Last year we lost Sara, I still feel her presence everyday. It made the three of us that much closer, taught us to cherish the time we have with each other and most importantly it showed us that we all truly are friends. That in the most difficult of times we are there for one another.

Talking to other Marines is an easy task, but surpassing that simple Marine Corps bond can be hard. Now More then ever I make sure to talk to these girls from boot camp, to never lose touch, to maintain the friendship that we have. Once, we surpass that Marine Corps bond it is like any other friendship, one that needs work to be maintained.

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