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Joyce commented on Morgyn Harris's blog post Marine sister poem
"Indeed; always a Hero. Good poem."
Sep 8, 2014
Joyce commented on KiloMom3082's blog post It does get easier..
"Beautifully written. We received those chicken scratches too :)"
Sep 8, 2014
Joyce commented on 1~Chickie (Teresita)'s blog post Yes!
"We received letters regularly from our Marine son, each one with an absolutely indecipherable handwriting! The best thing was to receive them and figuring out what he was saying :)"
Sep 5, 2014
Joyce shared their blog post on Twitter
Sep 5, 2014
1~littledrip (Jean) commented on Joyce's blog post Women and Marine Corps
"Wow, and I chose this as the first blog to read...We should revisit this topic in 5 years and see how things have progressed. In the 1970s less than 1% of med and vet students were females.  Now most med and vet careers are occupied by…"
Mar 11, 2014
Joyce commented on Joyce's blog post A Nation's Debt to Its Warriors
"Thank you Ralphnv for stopping by and reading. More than this, thank you for your service and your family who've been a part of it. God Bless. "
Feb 28, 2014
Ralphnv commented on Joyce's blog post A Nation's Debt to Its Warriors
"Joyce, God Bless our warriors, our defenders, unto the generations.  And God Bless you for so eloquently voicing our sacred obligation. - A grateful son of a Marine and humble father of a Marine."
Feb 28, 2014
Ralphnv liked Joyce's blog post A Nation's Debt to Its Warriors
Feb 28, 2014
Joyce replied to amgssps's discussion MOS START UP 6/16/14 in the group MOS Occ Field 02: Intelligence
"I have my Marine heading that way but not sure they are starting anything any time soon. Perhaps 6/16/14 is the day when something might happen. It's all back and forth between the school and home."
Feb 24, 2014
Joyce replied to LazyK-Chyn's discussion Boot Camp. . . through the eyes of a recruit in the group Stories, Prayers, Poems, Songs, Quotes
"I read this excellent piece again. Great job. For most, Boot Camp is a good thing."
Feb 21, 2014
Joyce commented on Joyce's blog post A Nation's Debt to Its Warriors
"@raisedhimright: Actually your opinion is an opinion that most of us agree with wholeheartedly. True, we can never do enough but still we must do whatever we can, whenever we can. The government and policy makers need to step up substantially. Thank…"
Feb 3, 2014
raisedhimright commented on Joyce's blog post A Nation's Debt to Its Warriors
"It is my humble opinion this government cannot EVER repay it's veterans or pay enough to it's active military.  Well said.    God bless and Semper Fi   Mair PWMV PMG'MA of PFC Kevin"
Feb 1, 2014
Joyce replied to seaweed's discussion Dam Neck/Virginia Beach Lodging in the group MOS Occ Field 02: Intelligence
"They're short of Instructors as told to us by the Recruiter; too many students, not enough teachers."
Jan 28, 2014
Joyce replied to seaweed's discussion Dam Neck/Virginia Beach Lodging in the group MOS Occ Field 02: Intelligence
"Ours is at Dam Nek as well but looks like the school is backed up for a while. Considering all the mess in schedules, we're just happy to have him back for a while :)  This is his second trip back. Who knows what's going on?"
Jan 28, 2014
Joyce commented on Joyce's blog post A Nation's Debt to Its Warriors
"@zookeeper: It always felt to me that if every family contributed to the defense of the country, people especially ones not directly affected - will act and react differently. This kind of distant reaction is essentially from ones who have no idea…"
Jan 26, 2014
Joyce commented on ProudMarineMom's blog post TO LET HIM GROW
"Beautiful poem."
Jan 24, 2014

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Joyce's Blog

Reading Brotherhood of Warriors Reminded Me of Marines Boot Camp!

Posted on September 5, 2014 at 1:30pm 0 Comments

Reading Aaron Cohen's 'Brotherhood of Warriors' was indeed a fascinating experience complete with shock and awe. Cohen's book was remarkable; it was a journey of change, of a lost Hollywood brat who became an intrinsic part of Israel's (and world's) most elite counterterrorism units. It reminded me of an extended Marines Boot Camp from 3 months to many many months of rigorous…


A Nation's Debt to Its Warriors

Posted on January 17, 2014 at 7:30pm 10 Comments



So, what is it that a nation owes its warriors, when select men and women go to battle on behalf of an entire people? A nation owes its warriors a lot because simply put, very few are picking up the burden of defending an entire nation. So the question arises whether these few should be paid handsomely or should their due be cut. Any time, there is a looming deficit it's invariably the Military that faces the ax. I think it speaks volumes about nations that treat its…


Women and Marine Corps

Posted on January 6, 2014 at 7:35pm 59 Comments

In a new push for women’s equality, PC culture has lost all common sense and cannot seem to identify men and women and their abilities. More than half of women in Marines bootcamp could not do more than 3 pull ups, the minimum for men. It’s not surprising and neither does it speak of women’s abilities and capabilities. Why force things that are inimical…


Things To Send to Boot Camp

Posted on November 22, 2013 at 10:00am 3 Comments

Yes, letters are the best thing to send to Poolies at the Boot Camp. However, for teenagers that is not enough. From my experience, I think Kids are literally hungry. Drill Instructors usually go easy after a few weeks so a couple of energy bars or cereal bars, perhaps a packet or two of beef jerkys, are allowed. We did it with each letter we sent, usually those padded yellow envelopes, just small enough not to excite the ire of Boot Camp personnel!

Other items we included in…


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At 2:19pm on March 23, 2013, Double Dad said…

Joyce: Good luck on your journey and -- of course -- good luck and best wishes to your future Marine.


Bob (aka Double Dad)


At 11:39am on March 18, 2013, 1~sandyr, MFN VO & VPMM said…

Hi Joyce, please look for an email from me regarding your blog.  Thanks!  Sandy

At 6:51pm on March 17, 2013, 1~ksMarinemom (Kerin) said…

Welcome to MFN, Joyce.  We’re happy to see you!   Enjoy exploring our message board home on MFN. 


Please look for a welcome email from Marine Family Network, checking your bulk/spam folder if necessary.  If you did not receive it please comment back to me on my profile page and I’ll send it to you


Here are a few links to main message board groups to help you get started


the Boot Camp/Poolee board has general topics and a group for every graduation date (ship date listed to right in title) where you can meet others who have a Recruit with yours:


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All of our message board categories fall under the heading of the GROUPS tab at the top of the page or look for “GROUP CATEGORIES” along the right side about ¼ of the way down.

Looking for information about Boot Camp – check here:   Click on any topic from the left menu to learn more.


If you've any questions, please don't hesitate to comment back to me.


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