A Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines here.
0311 is infantry in the Marine Corps or at least it was in 1989 when I enlisted.
If you want to really screw with the guy ask him where he went to boot camp. If he replies Parris Island, then ask him which battalion, tell him you thought he was in 4th battalion. See when I went through Parris Island in 1989, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd battalion were for the men and 4th battalion was for WM's or women Marines.
There are always different ways to tell. Mess with him ask him about his drill sgt...see in the Marines they are drill instructors not drill sgt's like that nasty ass Army. Ask him about his MOS, some guys will respond with a number like I used to 0311. Some guys will just respond grunt. Both answers are right. If he starts hemming and hawwing, he's full of you know what. I've been out since 1995 and I can still tell you the serial number to my M-16. Some stuff you never forget.
Most Marines are very proud of their prior service. Some take it to an extreme. I still wear my hair very short, yes I do have a USMC tattoo, but NO I don't walk around my job shouting out hoorah and other dumb stuff.
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Last edited by Super-G; 06-22-2010 at 10:59 PM.