Jul/Aug 2019

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Jason Arment

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Flame and Fortune

When Marines of my generation were kids, the Corps ran two recruiting ads on television. In the first, a Marine fought a lava monster and won, and in the second, the silent drill team stood on the peaks of a razorback jutting out of the ocean, tossing rifles back and forth to each other without looking. Both commercials featured a lot of ominous smoke and a color palette of mostly burnt umber. Fire. Many of the Corps' strange war words use it: hang fires, free fire zones, lanes of fire, fire for effect, rates of fire, enfilade fire, and fire from the defilade.