Claim: Marines in training must murder a pet or a family member to be admitted to the Corps.
[Reader's Digest Cybersmiles, 2002]
SERVING WITH THE MARINE CORPS in Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm, my husband, Darren, was selected for guard duty. One day he discovered that certain stories about the Corps had been circulating among our allies. While standing at his post, he noticed that the Saudi on duty with him was watching him out of the corner of his eye. Every time Darren looked over, the Saudi would glance away. Finally the soldier nervously asked, "Have you ever killed a member of your own family?"
Taken aback, Darren laughingly replied, "No."
"Well, then," questioned the Saudi, "how did you get into the Marine Corps?"
[Collected via e-mail, 2006]
My son is a US Marine and has served two tours in Iraq. Some Iraqi citizens told him that they were told Marines had to eat a newborn baby in order to become a Marine.
Origins: While the training to become a member of the
These false tales are not limited only to U.S. Marines, as they also attach to other special forces military units as a way of making those who serve in them appear more fearsome. The rumored heartless act is likewise not limited only to parenticide: In other versions, puppies or kittens the fledgling soldiers have cared for throughout their training are slain by them at its culmination:
In training, Do US Navy Seals really have to raise a kitten and eventually kill it? I guess this is supposed to turn them into cold-blooded killing
The first two guys go in, see their wife sitting in the chair, throw the gun down and run out in disgust.
The last guy goes in, and the officers outside hear a bang, then a series of muffled thuds.
He comes out and says 'the gun was loaded with blanks, so I had to beat her to death with the chair.'
Barbara "leatherneck reign" Mikkelson
Claim: In the 2014 film Kingsman: The Secret Service, at the culmination of the multi-month Kingsman selection process, candidate Gary "Eggsy" Unwin (Taron Egerton) is called upon to shoot the dog he's raised and trained since its beginning.
Last updated: 14 February 2015