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Marine Corps Commandant Archibald Henderson adopted the Mameluke sword in 1825 for wear by Marine officers.








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Capt ST
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You have to admit that's an awesome story to come home and tell.





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shinerfan
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The Marines Memorial Hotel and Museum in SF has quite the collection of old Marine Corps sabers. Not that nice of a hotel but if you like history . . .







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DevilDawgTiger
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It's a Navy tradition. Marines are a branch of the USN


This is incorrect. The USMC and the USN are sister services under the Department of The Navy. The Department of The Navy is headed by a civilian, The Secretary of The Navy. The Marines are not a branch of the USN, but obviously work with the USN.






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HarryBalzack
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The Marines would also have had more use for swords/sabers because of their role in repelling boarders and/or boarding other vessels.





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AUCE05
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I like the ninja theory





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dontreup0321
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Because we're Marines.





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LewDawg
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Fun fact:

We are the only enlisted service members authorized to carry a sword. Them shits are awesome






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yurintroubl
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It's a Navy tradition. Marines are a branch of the USN


I was about to say that. My Dad actually has a dress sword from when he made Commander.






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fisherbm1112
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They carry them because of the damn ammo shortage caused by the outdoor board.





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Azazello
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It's my favorite part of the uniform.

Too bad that we had to buy them at the same time we buy the rest of our dress uniforms. That $400 uniform allowance helped out some (sword is $650-750), but it barely put a dent in the $2800 total I spent on all of my uniforms.






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mworld938
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True. I think the Navy authorized optional wear of a cutlass for Chief's. I didn't get one in the Coast Guard until I switched from enlisted to officer. They are beautiful, handmade in Germany and you pay the $450 yourself. It will be a nice heirloom.





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HarryBalzack
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E-8s and 9s used to be authorized to wear them in the Army. Don't know if that's still the case.





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mworld938
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My dad retired as an Army E8 in 1984 and never wore one. Either optional or not authorized back then. Rules and regs are always changing though.





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foshizzle
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I saw the sword and wondered why they always carried them.


Because it looks very very cool. And the ladies like a well-dressed man with a long, sharp sword.






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LewDawg
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Maybe I'm thinking just NCOs. I know it's something. They made that shite apparent in bootcamp. FYI we only consider E-4 and E-5 NCOS.





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Broyota2
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To cut off the dicks of those who ask too many questions.






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Grunt Actual
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Ib4 Marine posters come in here and get super moto and ghey

Eta: DAMMIT



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