I’ve slowly been making this public, but I am transitioning out of the Marine Corps this year. That means a lot of changes for me and the family. There are three things I really, really want to do when I get out that seem a bit contradictory to the average person.
I want a tattoo or two.
I want to shave my head bald.
I want to wear PJ pants to the store (and walk through the grass in them).
Yes. If you’ve not spent over a decade as a female Marine Corps officer, these may seem weird. They may even seem weird for some of my peers, but I know a few have to have similar feelings, right?
Let me explain…
Yes, lots of Marines have tattoos. Most civilians don’t know that tattoos can actually get you banned from joining the military due to location, size, or content. I spent time doing many a tattoo waiver while on recruiting duty in Louisiana. I could have gotten them while in, but then you have to do paperwork and yadda yadda and it didn’t seem like it was worth it.
Truthfully I’ve wanted to get tattoos since my dad and sisters’ deaths in 2008, but I am thankful that I didn’t because I am not particular fond of what I wanted to get. My husband also HATES tattoos. Like has been adamantly against them forever. He’s not happy about this pursuit, but he is semi-supportive of it now, so I need to do it before he changes his mind 😂
My sister has some amazing tattoos. I’ve ordered some temp ones so I can try them out in different locations and see what I like best. I’m excited!!
I still haven’t made up my mind on what I’m going to get, but leaning toward oxytocin molecule, serotonin molecule, Orion constellation, pine tree and mountain, something okinawan, a combination of those, or all of them. No idea 🤷♀️
Yes. I want to shave my head bald. Many people assume one of the first things I want to do is grow my hair out and wear it down all the time. FALSE! I hate my hair down. I also hate hair pins and bun holes and braiding. I can do bald…I just need some sweet hats, scarves, and dangly earrings. I’ve heard it is freeing and I’m looking forward to trying it at least once!
This is the weirdest one to me, but also a bucket list item. I need to walk into a store and shop in pajama pants. Yep. I’ve spent college and career ensuring I wore “appropriate civilian attire” anywhere outside of the house. This won’t be a normal thing, just a one-time trip in comfy pants. I’ll even plan to walk through some grass on the way to the store and look around intently for a SgtMaj to jump out and yell at me for walking on the grass.
Anything you’ve done or will do when in a professional/personal transition point?
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