publicly. It was just bad optics.
commandant should be recognized for doing the right thing, albeit after doing
the wrong thing.
Meanwhile, there is a
good interview with the commandant in the February issue of Leatherneck magazine, the other Marine
journal, in which said General Amos laments "a lack of discipline, personal
standards and appearance" in the Corps.
He also discloses that there are 144 same-sex couples on
active duty in the Marines, of which "less than 25" are Marine-Marine
marriages. (The others are partnered with civilians or members of another
service, he said.) I hadn't seen those numbers before.
I was down at Quantico yesterday. Most of my conversations
were off the record, but I was impressed to see that two senior NCOs are now
attending the Marine Corps Command and Staff College.
Sgt. Mallory S. VanderSchans/ Marine Corps