There is always some uncertainty in
to call a Marine who is no longer on active duty. It's well-known that
using the term "ex-Marine" is a major faux pas, but there has been some
debate about the term "former Marine."
According to a
recent statement by General James F. Amos,
Marine is a Marine. I set that policy two weeks ago - there's no such
thing as a former Marine. You're a Marine, just in a different uniform
and you're in a different phase of your life. But you'll always be a
Marine because you went to Parris Island, San Diego or the hills of
Quantico. There's no such thing as a former Marine."
Commandant clears it right up: "Do not call a Marine who is not on
active duty a former Marine. Once a Marine, Always a Marine."