This was writen by the SgtMaj of the Marine Corps - Carlton Kent.
There are many ingredendients you must have in the mix to create a strong willing Marine. Honor, duty and bravery come to mind for the average citizen. But those who experience and live those ideals every day know the importance of clarity and focus. An effective Marine is not distracted from the importance of his mission. An effective Marine does not hesitate in the moment of crisis because he is sure. An effective Marine will not second-guess his finely-honed instincts by worrying about what is happening at home.
You can not have a strong Marine without a successful family readiness program, that forms the backbone of the Corps. Marine famlies are committed to contributing to victory by winning on the home front when the Marines are foward deployed. We cannot turn a blind eye to them - because they sacrifice just as much. I think you would be hard pressed to find me a Marine that doesn't have a great family supporting with pride and prayer.
Marine Mom, may God keep your Marine safe.
Amen and thank you....