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U.S. Marine non-commissioned officers from 7th Engineer Support Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group, enter their new NCO lounge, known as Chapultepec’s, in their barracks building aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., April 15, 2016. The newly opened lounge is dedicated to give the NCOs a place in the barracks to come together and unwind, forming stronger camaraderie in their ranks. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Carson Gramley/released)

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24/7 Marine: Giving the barracks a Marine Corps theme

1 Aug 2016 | 1st Marine Logistics Group

Giving the barracks a slightly more Marine Corps feel isn't just to change the atmosphere.

"I want Marines to appreciate just what it means to be a Marine," said Black, "Every day it's a privilege to wear this uniform."

Immersing the Marines in this type of motivating environment has a purpose. "I think we owe it to the Marines, and to ourselves, that every single day should feel like the first day you're a Marine," he added.

In addition to the new posters, 7th Engineer Support Battalion Marines built Chapultepec's Lounge, a new place for NCOs to share ideas and leadership skills with one another. Having a place specifically for NCOs to socialize with each other away from non-NCOs helps build unit morale and lowers the chance for fraternization to occur in the barracks.

"It is imperative that we designate that separation between responsibilities and requirements," Black said. "As a result of that, what we are going to see is more esteem, more pride, and more enthusiasm to take on responsibilities in becoming a corporal or a sergeant, from the junior Marines."

"This whole entire campaign of eliminating fraternization and immersion into the Marine Corps 24 hours a day is to focus on the Marines so they are as highly trained as they possibly can be," he added. "If we are truly to be considered modern-day Spartans in the Marine Corps, we have to ask ourselves if they were so good why aren't they around anymore? The answer to that is that the Spartans were very simple."

Being focused on the fundamentals of being a Marine will help to further develop the world's greatest fighting force day-by-day.

"As Marines, at the end of the day all we need to know is how to locate, close with, and destroy the enemy by fire and maneuver," said Black.

"That is the Spartan standard, and that is the Marine Standard."

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