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Understanding the Marines' role in politics


Last updated 4/29/2010 at Noon

Cpl. Benjamin P. Callahan, administrative clerk, Adjutant Office, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, skims through the 2010-11 Voting Assistance Guide at Bldg. 1160, Mainside, Camp Pendleton, April 19.

The Marine Corps’ motto is Semper Fidelis (Always Faithful), and Marines understand that unwavering loyalty, up and down the chain of command, is crucial for keeping good order and discipline.

That loyalty is sometimes tested when decisions made by political leaders conflict with an individual Marine’s personal political preferences.

As tax payers and functioning members of society, Marines are always encouraged to fully exercise their democratic rights. However, it is important to fully understand the unique guidelines service members must follow as defenders of the nation.

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