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July 06, 2009

Git Some, Marines

Heh:

Staff Sgt. Colleen Wilcox, radio chief, Communications Detachment, Combat Logistics Battalion 13, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit and Waterford, Mich. native, leads an aerobics class on the flight deck of USS Comstock, June 24. Wilcox desires to become a certified instructor through Aerobics Fitness Association of America so she can officially teach both Marines and Sailors.

Many moons ago when the Blog Princess was still a complete workout fiend, one of the toughest workouts she ever had was in an advanced step aerobics class at MCRD, Parris Island.

There is something deeply weird about being in a step class full of male Marines hooting and hollering. Motivating as hell, though.

Posted by Cassandra at July 6, 2009 08:50 AM

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Not as deeply weird as watching hockey and football players take ballet.

Posted by: Cricket at July 6, 2009 12:05 PM

There is something deeply weird about being in a step class full of male Marines hooting and hollering.

It's unusual, granted, but they *do* have to keep them occupied until they learn to speak...

Posted by: BillT at July 6, 2009 12:18 PM

Ma'am, I believe that you mis-spoke. I would hazard that there is nothing more natural in the world than Marines hooting and hollering in a step class if there was at least one female in the group.

Posted by: Russ at July 6, 2009 01:13 PM

You may have a point there :p

I also noticed that they all gathered in the back rows. Now I *wonder* why that would be?

Heh.

Posted by: Cassandra at July 6, 2009 01:15 PM

It's unusual, granted, but they *do* have to keep them occupied until they learn to speak...

Actually I've found Marines to be quite intelligent. But I agree - it is a challenge for Marines to keep everything simple enough so the other services can follow along... :)

*batting eyelashes innocently*

Posted by: Cassandra at July 6, 2009 01:17 PM

Actually I've found Marines to be quite intelligent.

Waaaaal, Ma'am, I'm forced to agree with ya there, seein' that they always hollered for *Army* helicopter pilots to come get 'em when they needed help *fast*...

Posted by: BillT at July 6, 2009 01:43 PM

Pppppphhhhhhttttthhhh :)

Posted by: Cassandra at July 6, 2009 01:50 PM

Yeah, that's what the first guy in the helicopter always sounded like after the others finished piling in...

Posted by: BillT at July 6, 2009 02:06 PM

I have a burning question: Were we all aglow after our stepping sessions?

Posted by: Cricket at July 6, 2009 02:24 PM

But of course!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcIP5w4H6Dw

Posted by: BillT at July 6, 2009 02:34 PM

And all their artillerymen are trained at an Army school, too.

Their Redlegs could generally string together complete sentences, so Cassandra's experience of Marine-ness may be a bit skewed...

Posted by: Exasperated Right Wing Knuckle-Dragging Myrmidon at July 6, 2009 03:32 PM

And all their artillerymen are trained at an Army school, too.

...thereby lending grace and refinement to what would otherwise be an undignified brawl :p

Posted by: Cassandra at July 6, 2009 03:34 PM

The proper phraseology is "Artillery lends dignity to what would otherwise be a vulgar brawl."

Us knuckle-draggin' Neanderthalic mouth-breathin' cretinous typeses participates us in *vulgar* brawls.

Posted by: Bill "Ya Dasn't Has Ta Calls Me 'Beast' "T at July 6, 2009 03:46 PM

*tsk tsk tsk*

Do you mean to tell me you're still not used to women telling you guys what you *really* meant? :p

Posted by: Cassandra at July 6, 2009 03:48 PM

Hah. I'm still not used to women telling me what I really *want*.

"You don't want *that* leafblower -- it only generates gusts of 350mph. You want *this* one -- sure, it weighs half again as much as the Jeep, but look at the ergonomic handles on it..."

Posted by: Bill "Ya Dasn't Has Ta Calls Me 'Beast' "T at July 6, 2009 04:01 PM

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