An essay I recently wrote. I hope it will be well received.

Posted in Uncategorized on December 30, 2010 by thepozorialist

Three areas of our platoon that I can see room for accomplishable improvement are camaraderie, morale, and fitness. All of these things can be improved in one simple plan of action: a re-working of platoon PT.

Changing the time that we PT would be a tremendous morale booster for me, and I’m sure everyone else in the platoon would also deeply appreciate it. Getting up at 0445 for PT is something I’ve been unable to adapt to, even after six months of doing it. Every morning when I get up for PT I am miserable and terribly unmotivated. Which definitely does not help my PT that morning.

My suggestion would be that we PT from 0600 to 0700, and then begin work at 0800. The extra bit of sleep would be a huge boost to our morale and well-being.

A recent occurrence has provided good reason to disregard my suggestion: 3 Marines were late to work several days ago. I believe this is because we didn’t have our PT formation at all that morning. Morning PT is useful for platoon accountability, and to help make sure Marines don’t sleep through their alarms, but doing so at 0515 in the morning is entirely unnecessary.

Before I get too far ahead of myself, I should address this topic: the loss of 30 minutes a day of “work time.” In all honesty, work is very slow, and even when there is work, there is still more than enough time in a day to get all of the work done and move on to what I mostly do on a daily basis: cross train.

I can also confidently say that I’m not the only one with plenty of extra time at work. Productivity will not go down with the loss of 30 minutes a day, in fact due to the improvement in living conditions and morale, it may even go up with the later start.

And although Sergeant Geelan’s PT’s are good, I believe that PT would be a lot more productive based on the motivation generated by letting the junior Marines design and lead their own PT sessions, and not just once a month, but by their own initiative, and for however long need be. And also, it shouldn’t be up to the platoon sergeant to PT us anyways.

For example, I have a plan that we could do for platoon PT: Mondays could be gym day. Each Marine goes along with his or her own personally developed fitness plan, in which a more experienced Marine could help him or her put together; working out various muscle groups or cardio, or whatever that Marine feels the need to work on. It would take a little extra effort for whoever would be the one to sit down with each Marine during off times and put together such a workout plan, but I would definitely be willing to go the extra mile. With such interactions, camaraderie would be built, and with it morale, and even fitness. Myself and a few other Marines have already gotten into a good plan for our own personally developed fitness plan at the gym after work and are encouraging others to join us.

Tuesdays could be group cardio day. Perhaps just a run along the sea wall, and maybe with a few variants thrown in: sprints, indian runs, or breaks for simple body weight workouts.

Wednesdays could be CFT readiness day. We could do things like ammo can lifts, various kinds of buddy drags, and sprints.

Thursdays could be PFT readiness day, where we would do pyramid sets of pullups as well as ab workouts and a runs based on ability groups.

And finally, Friday could be team work/sports day. Sports are an outstanding way to build team work and camaraderie, as well as maintain fitness and boost morale.

You had been asking us how you could straighten out the platoon, and this is my response. It may sound like it would soften the platoon, but I have no intentions of letting that happen.

Strengthening a platoon is not so unlike strengthen one’s own body: if you put too much strain on it, you’ll get the technique wrong and lose efficiency, and possibly even cause damage. Yeah, you’ll feel like a softy for taking some weight off, but the results of a properly executed technique produce significantly better results, while also reducing the chance of unwanted injury.

I firmly believe that this plan has great potential to improve the platoon in terms of camaraderie, fitness and morale, and I would deeply appreciate your consideration.

Thank you for your time.

LCPL Faye

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Rising like the tide.

Posted in Uncategorized on August 14, 2010 by thepozorialist

Remember what is behind the uniform you wear. Don’t disrespect it because you’re lazy and unmotivated and are struggling with your current circumstances.

Instead, take care of it, and be proud of it.

It’s not the uniform or any of the ideals that it stands for that are presenting me with all of these unnecesary challenges that I’m facing; it is the weaker Marines around me.

So I will rise on my own and I will press on and I will work hard where others will not.

It seems as though no one understands the ideals nor the values of my Marine Corps anymore. They’re all caught up on bureaucratic games and other trivial nonsense.

Stuck only worrying about the means to impress the bureaucratic robot above him, so that he may gain even more power that he’s too much a fool to handle.

I will rise much like the tide; subtle and gentle, yet still terribly powerful, and unstoppable. The tide pays no mind to any attempts to deter it. Have you ever heard of anyone wrestling down the rising tide?

Alone at sea

Posted in Uncategorized on July 28, 2010 by thepozorialist

       Alone at sea

The ship feels invincible on a sunny day at the dock.

Then it is put to the real test: it is sent away from home: Sent out into the ocean.

Then the storms hit. 
  
The ship is isolated and alone. No one to come to the rescue this time. 
   
No one knows what to do. No one was ready for this: like I said, the ship feels invincible on a sunny day at the dock.  They sit and wait for the Storm to pass. Terror and misery. Helpless and at the mercy of the raging ocean storm.    

The small vessel refuses to succumb to the raging storm. It maintains the integrity with which it was built.  
 
After a long night that was too profoundly miserable to explain, the storm eventually subsides, and the sun rises at last. 
 
Life takes a new meaning. 

You can thank the careful craftsmanship, and the prayers of the folks back home for the survival of this small vessel. 

But, it is not over yet. This was just one long night of many to come. The journey is far from over. Keep up the prayers and support. It is well appreciated. 

       

My old biography sucked. I wrote a new one.

Posted in Uncategorized on July 18, 2010 by thepozorialist

I’m very easy to get along with. I’m a musician, I’m a writer, it’s incredibly hard to get on my bad side. I’m not sure if I even have a bad side, in fact, I’ll give you an award and a gift if you manage to anger me. 😉

Anyways, I’ll help you out if you need a hand, and I’ll keep you on track if you’re already there. I plan to make a difference.

I don’t like stupid games, and I don’t like bad attitudes. I’ll never mess with a Marine of lesser time in grade or rank. Even if he is deemed “a shit bag.” That’s exactly the case where you encourage a person, and lead by example. Grim will be the day I mistreat another human being, especially another Marine.

I believe that a leader should never put others down to make himself feel higher up, as leaders often do. Fools. I believe that he should rise up and pull/push others up with him. Inspire people, get them to cooperate willingly. After all, motivated work is more likely to be quality work than forced work.

I am truly open to new ideas, and gladly accept criticism. A good debate can actually influence me. If you point out a way I can improve myself, I’ll acknowledge that, thank you for the courage of confronting me, and do my best to improve no matter how painful it may be: after all, I am a United States Marine, and something us Marines are intimately familiar with; pain is weakness leaving the body.

Hit me up some time.

My side of a political debate.

Posted in Uncategorized on July 17, 2010 by thepozorialist
Outstanding.

You’re right, we don’t have to go to war to help other people. And we frequently do just that. The base I’m on primarily does disaster relief and construction projects all around the pacific ocean area.

I would speak more about helping America, but we’re way better off than any of the places I’ll go to help, and it’s not up to an … See Moreexpeditionary force like Marines to deal with domestic issues. Trivial things compared to some of the stuff we do: give water and food and supplies to victims of natural disaster versus dealing with some fool’s complaint for example.

Obviously I’m exaggerating a little, but America’s domestic issues aren’t my job.

My life back home was literally a paradise compared to the rest of the world. So really, I don’t care nearly as much about fine tuning America, I’ll leave that to someone else.

As for the war we’re in now, Iraq was a really messed up place. Corrupt and terrible with no sign of getting better on its own. Only worse. The country was all around in very bad shape. Then their violence became focused on the foreigners in their country and there you go. You’ve got a war.

A war where we crush everything they had while trying to minimalize civilian casualties, and where we try to rebuild them with their own resources, and teach them how to avoid the same fate. It honestly seems like the only plausible solution. You can’t try to talk to someone that shoots your ambassadors.

Also, plenty of people welcomed us as saviors and worked with us.

I’m not excusing war. It sucks, I know, but it also happens. Welcome to planet Earth.

Oh, and we do indeed solve most problems without warfare, it’s just that they don’t make the news or hold interest like war does.

As for us “carrying the world’s cross:” we’re not. We have plenty of allied forces. I’ll probably be meeting plenty of foreign allies soon.

An even more casual essay I wrote for a motivated corporal.

Posted in Uncategorized on July 10, 2010 by thepozorialist

Why did I join the Marine Corps? That’s a fantastic question. The answer is very complex, and sometimes I don’t even remember. Times like these. I suppose I could fall back and say that I joined for adventure and free college and all that good stuff, but it was more than that. It was… a calling… an awakening… I suppose I could try and boil it down.

After my “awakening,” I became very inspired/motivated. I joined the Marine Corps to make a difference. I  joined to brighten the lives of those who need it most. I joined to inspire and motivate everyone I would encounter. I joined to “commend the deserving and encourage the wayward.”

The whole NCO creed is actually pretty motivating. Goes on to talk about striving to be patient and understanding, which I now realize are all qualities that I’d been actively seeking, to better myself and improve the lives of those around me.

I hadn’t actually known that many things about the Marine Corps before I had joined, as far as creeds and knowledges and history and whatnot. I knew that marines are the best, and the most hardcore, and are supposedly held to a higher standard, and also look the most professional. I knew that they were ready to go always. I knew that they were the guys to actually go out there and do something. After all, as we’ve all heard, Ronald Reagan once said, “some people go their whole lives wondering if they’ve made a difference, US Marines don’t have that problem.”

It was certain, I was to join the Marine Corps. So one day, I bumped into a recruiter. (Quite the lucky recruiter, I might add, since I was already pretty much set on joining.) As you can see, I went through with it, and joined the Marine Corps.

Well, here I am today. Finally done with training and in the operating forces. Despite starting off on the wrong foot with the platoon, (not exactly a warm welcome) things are going pretty well. After being with them for about a week, I have started to see plenty of positive things about everyone. I can confidently say that my platoon has got my back, and that I will play my part in the platoon.

I look forward to the day I am the NCO, and I am put into a position where I can carry out my plan; carry out the things I enlisted to do, although I’ve still got a ways to go: and plenty of things to learn to get there.

Until then, I have a lot of goals to accomplish. I intend to get some sort of a college degree associated with computer technology. *or writing* Computers have always been a huge interest of mine. That’s actually what signed up to be: a data comm guy. Funny how I ended up a water dog…

Anyways, besides college, I intend to hit up the gym fairly often, (3-4 times a week) and within the next several months improve my PFT to around 280 or 290. The 230ish I have is rather unsat.

Another thing I plan  to accomplish is advancing in MCMAP. Martial arts are pretty motivating. Especially the higher belt levels.

Besides those things, I plan to explore Japan, and make the best of every deployment I go on. Most Americans my age would never get the opportunity to explore the world like I soon will. I am definitely going to make the most of that.

Continuing: I plan to learn my MOS as well as other mechanic/utilities related material, and become more than just proficient. They are useful skills to have. Especially since I ended up with such a job. I plan to go above and beyond what’s expected of me, and to do an outstanding job with everything I can. At least that’s the plan… Like I said, a long term goal.

And last but not least, I plan to build a good name for myself. I want to be known as that guy that everyone can get along with, and that anyone can go to for help. I also want to make sure that I have the capabilities to help with whatever needs helping, to back that up.

A sort of side goal that would be nice to accomplish, would be to find a group of musicians and play some music with a group of legitimate musicians. I love to sing and play guitar and drums, and have a history of doing so. I’ve been in various bands, but only one of them has stuck around. Myself and that band has been together for 6 years, until we split for college, and I joined the Marine Corps. We still play/record when I go on leave, and we’ll probably continue regularly once I’m out. We’ve actually gotten really good. I miss that more than most things from my old life.

So yeah, I guess I could say I’m still glad that I joined the Marine Corps. Sure, it’s got its bad moments, but that’s just how life works. I’m glad to have all these opportunities, and to be serving my country while doing so.

Oorah and semper fi.

A casual essay I wrote for a sergeant in my platoon.

Posted in Uncategorized on July 10, 2010 by thepozorialist

Avoiding the Brig
PFC Jason Faye

No one ever plans to get sent to the brig. But it still happens. How can we avoid it? There are plenty of ways to do so.

To me, avoiding such things is a no brainer. Especially with all of the available entertainment on base. Everything from paintball to movie theaters. Also there are plenty of fun things to do off base that won’t get you into trouble, and are incredibly outrageous experiences that our friends back home could never even come close to accomplishing. Things like scuba diving, and visiting historical Japanese monuments.

And don’t forget about good old video games: a way better alternative to jumping around on roof tops in japan while drunk and disorderly, and shortly after finding the UCMJ crashing down on you and ruining your life.

But also, we must remember that life isn’t all about fun and games. We should all know that: after all, we are US Marines.

It takes time and effort to improve oneself. To invest time in improving oneself is most definitely time well spent. You could read a book off the commandant’s reading list, do an MCI, go to the gym, or learn some martial arts.

Unfortunately, we all know that you can’t always avoid a potentially compromising situation, so when confronted with such an occurence, have a plan. A plan to get yourself and your friends the hell out of there. Talk about it regularly. The briefs from the higher ups are not good enough, you’ve gotta make it personal. Something that you truly believe.

So what have we learned? Stay busy with activities that are good to go: the Marine Corps provides plenty of them specifically to keep Marines out of trouble. Also, don’t stick around when things take a turn for the worse. And if all else fails, do something creative, or do something to improve yourself.

Oorah, and Semper Fidelis.