- By Thomas E. RicksThomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008. He can be reached at email@example.com.
At least publicly. It was just bad optics.
And the 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.