I have a question.
Why is there no mention of the Marine Corps in the department we fall under?
Congressman Walter Jones asked the same question and took action by presenting legislation to the House of Representatives. The proposal was simple: change the name of the Department of the Navy to the “Department of the Navy and Marine Corps.” As simple as it sounds, it’s been nine years and Rep. Jones is still pushing for the bill to be passed.
Is it really too much to ask for? Congressman Jones and the bill’s supporters, including R. Lee Ermey, the Marine Corps League, Col. Oliver North, and hundreds more only want one thing – equal recognition. When a soldier gives his life in combat, a letter from the Secretary of the Army is sent to his family. When a sailor gives his life in combat, a letter from the Secretary of the Navy is sent to his family. When a Marine gives his life in combat, which many have done in some of the most famous battles of our country’s history, a letter from the Secretary of the Navy is sent to his family. Why is there no representation for the branch under which he fought, for the honorable title he earned?
Looking at this issue objectively, the Navy and the Marine Corps are two separate branches of the military serving under one department. Why not have equal representation in the department name? It only makes sense.
As a Marine, I am very passionate when I say, “Are you kidding me? nine years to change something that should’ve been changed decades ago? I didn’t go to the Navy’s recruiting office three years ago, I walked straight to the Marines.” I have nothing but love for my Navy brethren. They provide the ships that move us, docs who treat us and chaplains who pray for us. We have great history serving together but all the while, sailors have been sailors and Marines have been Marines. Passing this bill and changing the name would not weaken our relationship with each other, rather, with equal recognition, it would strengthen us as a team and display to the world that we work together. The Navy has our back and we have theirs.
This bill isn’t about who gets funds allocated to them and who doesn’t. It’s not about splitting from the team, rather, solidifying us as the worlds’ most deadly duo. What really matters is that this name change to “The Department of the Navy and Marine Corps” would finally give the fallen Marines and their families the recognition that they deserve from the country they lived for, fought for and died for.
For more information on the bill, visit House Resolution 24.