The story in the Marine Corps Times Corps explores partnership with hard-core trainer has really gotten under my skin and I feel a compelling urge to express myself as to why. First, let me say this isn’t anything against Pauline Nordin. She after all, did not initiate this or anticipate where a mock poster generated by someone else would lead to – who should know better is the Marine Corps leadership.
The poster clearly struck a chord and made for good advertisement and motivation…so yes, an idea was born but once the idea was born someone should have thought…I wonder which female Marines within our ranks we can leverage to run with this?!?
Earning the title Marine is a privilege or at least that’s what it used to be…nowadays it seems everyone gets to play Marine and get kudos and props for it (Katie Perry comes to mind).
What does Pauline Nordin know about being a Marine…a FEMALE Marine at that?!? What has she put up with?!? Alright, I’ll keep it on the fitness level…has she ever put on a Kevlar and flak jacket dodging mortar attacks to get to the gym after a 12 hour shift only to get back and take a water bottle shower? Has she run a PFT in a sandstorm? Has she had male Marines asking her to drop out of a run so they wouldn’t be embarrassed they couldn’t finish – only to refuse and pay the price later? Has she put up with the weight and uniform regulations for years and taken flack for it because she didn’t meet standards because she carried too many muscles? As she suffered a pelvic stress fracture, busted ankles, bad knees etc from USMC training and kept up with her own tough gym regiment?
Only female Marines know what it takes and what it’s like to be a Marine. It would makes sense to leverage those who have been there and done that – those who exemplify health, fitness, hard-core physiques and who are Marines (active, reserve or veterans).
I started lifting weights at 16 in preparation to join the Marine Corps. I never stopped hitting the gym throughout my 10 years on active duty. I was known wherever I was stationed for my dedication to the iron and I know there are other female Marines like me across the Corps right now. I struggled with my weight for a few years due to different circumstances and injuries…my last set of ADOS orders – the Company Commander wanted to put me on a weight control program although I had less than 30 days left on active duty. Once my injuries healed, I came back leaner and meaner than ever. When people see me in the gym and see my USMC tattoo or find out I was/am a Marine they automatically go “oh, that’ explains it”. They think I look the way I do because I’m a Marine. I don’t say anything. I don’t tell them it’s my own drive, passion for hardcore training and ability to stick to an extremely strict diet that is the reason I look the way I look – they want to believe female Marines look the way I do, and I let them – it’s good for the Corps.
I am a real person, a real Marine with true stories of having overcome challenges, hardship, injuries and obstacles to be where I am at the level of fitness that I am today.
Major, USMR, 34 years old, 1st Class PFT, 300 on my CFT – I can do more pull-ups than most male Marines and Pauline Nordin has nothing on me or my physique but I have years of being a female Marine on her.
I have failed to reach out to the younger female Marines out there and share my story – so I am going to change that. I am also long overdue to start making training videos…will also start doing those so I can share the things I’ve learned over the years. This article has waked me up, that’s for sure!!