US Marine Corps’ newest foxhole atheist checks in

US Marine Corps’ newest foxhole atheist checks in May 7, 2012

This is one of the more gratifying moments of being out front in the military’s overwhelmingly misunderstood atheist community. Right from the get go, this recruit is a shit-kicker, like Megan Hurwitt (who just graduated from boot camp on her birthday!)

Justin Griffith,

Hi, it’s the atheist Marine recruit that you helped out a few months ago.  I know that you’re a busy man, but I just wanted to give you a quick update on how I’m doing.

This afternoon I took the oath and formally enlisted in the Marine Corps.  My package still says “Atheist” – I checked!  I didn’t say “so help me God” when I swore in – the Captain who administered the oath was very polite and clear in the briefing before that we didn’t have to.

Since I’m traveling from the west coast to Parris Island on the east coast, I spend the night in a hotel and get up very early tomorrow morning to catch my plane.  I was designated the group leader, so I get to make sure that all four female Marine recruits shipping with me make it to the east coast.  Next goal is to make sure my dog tags say “Atheist” and to pass the initial strength test so I can get picked up and start boot camp.  I’m equally excited and scared, but I am ready for this.

Thank you again for your help and support, not just for me but for the online atheist community.  As someone going into the military, I find your blog to be not just a great informational resource, but a source of comfort.  It helps to know I’m not alone.

I have to give up email access in a few hours until I graduate boot camp, so if you send a reply (I’m not expecting one) I may not see it. Good luck with recruiting duty, and I’ll send you a picture of my dog tags as soon as I’m able, which won’t be for 13 weeks at the earliest.

Semper Fidelis,


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  • julian

    Next goal is to make sure my dog tags say “Atheist”

    Good luck with that. Mine ended up saying Nazarene.

    Also, this is more for later after MOS school, keep your pft up and stay proficient at your job. Women get a lot of flack in here and very little credit.

  • Isaac

    I don’t know what it’s like in the marines, but, when I was in the Navy, there were a lot of guys who thought that all women in the military were either lesbians or sluts. Stay strong.

  • dave

    Anyone else seeing this Bold Christian Clothing ad on the right?


    “You know, I WAS a non-believer until I saw the clever Know Jesus, Know Peace t-shirt. Then it all clicked.”

    So who’s more low–down? This web-site for taking their ad money, or the seller for advertising here?

  • dave

    Weird. Now it’s Catholic Bling.

    What gives, Justin?

  • ChuckV

    @ Dave, ads are usually done by an ad service. Advertisers can select showings based on keywords on the hosting page, or they can select broad showings.

    The upshot is the page owner usually has little or no input into the ad selection.

  • beerijuana

    #3, #4

    It’s Adsense people, Google generates ads based on keywords.

    Here’s the cool part; all you have to do is click on any religious ads you see here, …and they pay Adsense, and the site gets a cut.

    Let the Christians pay for this site’s upkeep = good idea.

    Call it a “reason tax”.

    BTW, good luck to you Marine, and thanks.

  • Good luck in Boot Camp! Although I was in the Army, I still have the utmost respect for all branches of the military so Semper Fi! Do or Die!