The city of New Orleans dedicated the first United States monument of a woman in service uniform: “Molly Marine” on 10Nov, 1943. A local recruiter commissioned the statue to help recruit women during World War II. For female Marines around the world, Molly has come to represent the countless significant contributions women have made to the Corps. She proudly stands for endurance, the book she holds records our history, the binoculars allow her to see into the future and she looks up steadfast facing all that comes her way. Molly has become a symbol of Esprit de Corps for all women Marines. Before graduation from boot camp, the recruits are asked to name one fellow recruit within their platoon who best exemplifies being a Marine. Here, we celebrate our newest sisters.
PVT Nichole K. Hoeni
O Co, Plt 4004
12 February 2014
The Marines are known for doing less with more, never settling for anything less than perfection, and going that extra mile to be the best. This isn’t by coincidence, but rather the discipline, teamwork, and sacrifice that Marines demonstrate without second thought or hesitation. To be a Molly Marine is to be that model Marine; it means putting all personal wants and desires aside to assist others so that the greater good of the mission can be accomplished in the most efficient manner possible.
Being a Molly Marine means being a leader and demonstrating firsthand the acts of selflessness and dedication to the Marine Corps. Boot camp is a major culture shock for most and often causes stress and anxiety among recruits. However, these conditions can also bring out the best in individuals; upon arriving to Parris Island, I was confused and overwhelmed by the adjustments to a new lifestyle. Nonetheless, there were a number of other recruits who offered their help and advice. Their guidance and patience inspired me to help others just as they had helped me. Being part of a team means contributing back just as much, if not more, than what you receive. A team is only as strong as the weakest link, which is why the concept that Marines take care of their own is such a monumental notion contributing to success.
Joining the United States Marine Corps meant becoming part of something more than myself. You must be willing to give everything to defend the nation behind you. Likewise, being a Molly Marine means you must be willing to give everything for the sisters next to you, and doing everything within your power to ensure they keep pushing forward, and exemplifying their very best.
Despite only being in recruit training for three months, the recruits, Drill Instructors, and Marines have already provided me with an exponential amount of invaluable traits, whether it be confidence, knowledge, or that simple motivation to never accept failure from yourself or your peers. With that being said, it is the duty of Molly Marine to give back to the Corps by being the best Marine possible. Being nominated as Molly Marine and being recognized among the outstanding Marines who have previously earned the title is a genuine honor and has served as an inspiration to be even greater for the individuals beside me.