Description Once a Marine, Always a Marine:Once the title 'U.S. Marine' has been earned, it is retained. There are no ex-Marines or former-Marines. There are (1) active duty Marines, (2) retired Marines, (3) reserve Marines, and (4) Marine veterans. Nonetheless, once one has earned the title, he remains a Marine for life.'You earned the title 'Marine' upon graduation from boot recruit training. It wasn't willed to you; it isn't a gift. It is not a government subsidy. Few can claim the title; no one can take it away. It is yours forever.' Tom Barlett - Leatherneck Magazine'Among the honors, postings, promotions, and medals that have been awarded me, the one in which I take most pride is to be able to say- 'I am a Marine'.And if you have not guessed... I earned the title 'Marine'. I am a Marine.