Moral Problems in the Usmc

Topics: United States Marine Corps, Royal Marines, Marine Pages: 2 (623 words) Published: September 26, 2011
Moral Problems in the United States Marine Corps (USMC)
Sgt Karen A Holliday, USMC
Trident University International

Moral problems can be found in every common place work environment. They may not be issues that stand out, but even the smallest conflict or policy can cause problems (or rebellion) within a workforce.

The United States Marine Corps began with the founding of the Continental Marines in 1775 to conduct ship-to-ship fighting, provide shipboard security and discipline enforcement, and assist in landing forces. Its mission evolved with changing military doctrine and foreign policy of the United States. Owing to the availability of Marine forces at sea, the United States Marine Corps has served in nearly every conflict in United States history. It attained prominence when its theories and practice of amphibious warfare proved prescient, and ultimately formed a cornerstone of the Pacific Theater of World War II. By the early 20th century, the Marine Corps would become one of the dominant theorists and practitioners of amphibious warfare. Its ability to rapidly respond on short notice to expeditionary crises has made and continues to make it an important tool for American foreign policy. (

I feel that one of the most debated moral issues in the Marine Corps today is the updated policy on tattoos. Tattoos have long been associated with the military. The first permanent tattoo shop was established in New York City. It was started up in 1846 and began a tradition by tattooing military servicemen from both sides of the civil war.

The new MARADMIN (Marine Administration Message) prohibits enlisted Marines with sleeve tattoos from becoming commissioned officers, even if the tattoos, which were banned in 2007, had been grandfathered in according to protocol. To the list of banned tattoos the regulation adds markings on the fingers, hands and wrists, tattoos inside the...
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