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Military Mottos: Have Pride in Your Unit

The U.S. military is often described as a team of teams. Within it are organizations, units, and sub-units that all carry their part of the objective—to fight and win the nation’s wars—leading to the ultimate success of our Armed Forces.

While the service branches might have slogans or military mottos, like the Marine Corps’ “Semper Fi,” military mottos have trickled down to the unit level. Not all units have them, but they are a source of personal and unit pride which helps members of a unit develop stronger bonds and esprit de corps.

For example, being a part of the U.S. Army with more than a million members might not make a soldier feel as if he or she belongs, but being a Sky Soldier of the 173rd Airborne Brigade might make that large Army smaller, more familiar when they say “To Our Utmost.”

The veteran employees of USAMM have compiled a short list of our top three favorites. Here they are, in no particular order.

“These Things We Do, That Others May Live”
U.S. Air Force pararescue, also known as PJs, by far have the most selfless missions in all of the U.S. military (not counting the Coast Guard). Therefore, it makes sense that their military mottos match that mission.

Often, the PJs military mottos are truncated, so you might see “That Others May Live” or even the hashtag #TOML used in spaces like social media. Whether you use the long version or short version of the PJ’s military mottos, one thing is for sure, they are bad ass angels of mercy who can pluck a downed pilot from behind enemy lines, or rescue boaters on a sinking vessel in stormy high seas.

“De Oppresso Liber”
Latin for “To Liberate the Oppressed,” this is the military mottos of the U.S. Army’s Special Forces, more popularly known as the Green Berets. Although the mission of SF types is to train local military forces, their military mottos are a tip of the hat to their World War II heritage where special forces helped indigenous people fight against fascism.

De Oppresso Liber is sometimes confused with the nickname special forces personnel have been anointed with, “the quiet professionals.” SF personnel pride themselves on the fact that they can be inserted, perform a mission, and then leave quietly.

“Swift, Silent, Deadly”
Remember that the military is a team of teams. That said, the larger Marine Corps has Semper Fi as their military mottos. However, Marine Force Recon uses “Swift, Silent, Deadly” as their military mottos.  

Like the other military mottos we’ve mentioned, the Marine Force Recon’s mission is succinctly and accurately represented in their military mottos. They must enter an area of operations quickly and without detection and they must neutralize their threats.

Remember, not all units have military mottos, but those that do tend to have the most polished and professionally capable personnel in the U.S. military.

The Marine Corps Values: Words to Live By

Corporate greed and institutional decay brought about a tidal wave of organizational reflection in the 1990s and the U.S. military wasn’t immune to the introspection. During the 1990s, all the service branches formally adopted service-specific values that they had long ago embraced and lived since the services were founded. Most recently, in 2021, the U.S. Space Force adopted its own set of values.

The Marine Corps values are no different. Adopted formally in the 1990s, it is widely accepted that the Marine Corps values have been at the center of Marine Corps culture since 1775.

“Honor, Courage, and Commitment are not just words; they frame the way Marines are to live and act,” wrote the 30th Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. Carl E. Mundy Jr whose memorandum made official the adoption of the Marine Corps values.

The Marine Corps values for decades have helped the Marine Corps create its identity by expecting its Marines to live with Honor, Courage, and Commitment. It requires Marines to adhere to higher standards of professional and personal conduct, and devote themselves to the good order of discipline.

Mundy believed and wrote in his memo that the purpose of creating the Marine Corps values was to “Enhance transformation into U.S. Marines through a rigorous, thorough reaffirmation of Marine Corps Values training and education.”

Mundy penned the “Statement on Core Values of The United States Marines” and he identified each Marine Corps value. They are:

HONOR
This is the cornerstone of Marine Corps values and character. This word is a beacon that helps Marines navigate the complex world in which they operate. It enables them to be ethical, uncompromising in principles, and to conduct themselves with integrity. By doing so, Marines are accountable for their actions and hold others accountable for their actions.

COURAGE
A Marine cannot be honorable without courage. As we’ve all heard, it takes bravery to do the right thing and courage thus is the centerpiece of the Marine Corps values. In addition, the physical nature of Marine Corps missions requires that Marines muster bravery and overcome the paralytic nature of combat. Intestinal fortitude is a huge part of the Marine Corps values, whether it means stepping up to do the right thing, or executing a hard mission with honor and integrity.

COMMITMENT
According to the Marine Corps, commitment is the spirit of determination and dedication found in Marines. It leads to the highest order of discipline for individuals and units. It is the ingredient that enables constant dedication to Corps and country. It inspires the unrelenting determination to achieve victory in every endeavor.

Clearly, the Marines expect a 24/7 commitment to the Marine Corps values. While a Marine may be off duty and not in uniform, they are still expected to live by the Marine Corps values. This commitment does not end when they leave military service.

Ask any Marine veteran and they will proudly tell you, once a Marine, always a Marine. This complete devotion and commitment to the Marine Corps values is what separates the Marine Corps from other branches of service.

How to Honor Veterans: Show Appreciation to the Veteran in Your Life

American veterans are a unique group of people all bound by one commonality—service to country. Regardless of what led a person to military service, the fact is that they were all called to serve.

Many veterans do not believe that they are owed any special treatment or recognition. Research polls continue to show that American society holds the veteran near and dear to its heart and since most veterans are humble people, it can be a challenge to figure out how to honor veterans.

Allow us to help. We asked veterans, including some of our USAMM team members who are veterans, how to honor veterans and this is what we learned.

How to Honor Veterans by Volunteering
Time is the greatest gift a person can give another. There are numerous veteran causes and non-profits that help veterans who might need assistance post-service.

With a little research, you can likely join a team that is helping build or modify a house for a veteran or you can spend time volunteering at the local veteran’s hospital, veterans’ home and with veterans’ organizations. This is probably the best way to honor veterans.

If service projects or community service aren’t your thing you can also attend and be a part of events that help the veteran community. Galas, silent auctions, golf outings, hunting trips, and other fun events help raise money for veteran organizations and many also offer the opportunity to interact with veterans.

How to Honor Veterans by Donating to a Veteran Service Organization
There are numerous veteran service organizations (VSO) that can use your physical assistance (volunteerism), but they can also use your financial support. These organizations help fill in the gaps that are created when veterans transition from the military into the civilian world.

While disabled veterans are compensated by the government for their injuries, sometimes their homes aren’t properly prepared to accommodate them if they return from their service with life-changing injuries. Some VSOs help modify homes and make them wheelchair accessible. Other VSOs help with transitional assistance like job training, caregiver support, and others help those who are still serving by providing comfort and support to deploying troops.

How to honor veterans becomes easier when you open your wallet, but remember that you have to open your heart first.

How to Honor Veterans by Acknowledging their Service
Memorial Day, Veterans Day, July 4th are just a few days throughout the year where you can reach out to the veteran in your life and thank them for their service. If you know a veteran personally, consider asking them to speak at a civic organization’s meeting, or at a local school or place of worship. Many schools, cities and counties have parades and recognition events where veterans can be included.

Veterans can also be recognized and acknowledged at your work and in community events. Veterans are a national treasure and they are living history. We can learn a lot just by speaking with them.

Military service, for many, is a transformative significant life event that leaves an indelible mark. When military personnel return to civilian life, their military service, despite the significance of it to the individual and to the security of the nation, usually just becomes a part of a veteran’s employment history.

If you know a veteran at work or in your community, take the time to highlight their service to the country when you can. Military themed awareness days (military birthdays, Veterans Day) are all opportunities for you to recognize someone’s service.

A social media post that offers a shout out to the person is a simple way to honor a veteran. Recognizing an Army veteran in a meeting on the Army’s birthday by bringing in some cupcakes or bagels is a nice touch and allows the veteran to see that co-workers value his or her service, and not just on Veterans Day. It is important to understand that when we think about how to honor veterans that we do not do it only once per year, but as often as we can.

How to Honor Veterans by Giving a Gift
As previously mentioned, veterans are normally a pretty humble bunch, so expect some awkwardness if you give them a gift. Most will tell you they do not feel right accepting something in return for their service, but small gestures matter.

For example, if you’re in a restaurant and you see a veteran wearing a Vietnam Veteran hat, ask the waitress to send you their check and pay for the veteran’s meal. You can do this anonymously, or approach the veteran and express to them what you’d like to do.

There are veterans from across all generations living in your community. On military-themed days, you can leave them gift cards on their doorsteps to show your appreciation for their service or if the veteran in your life is more than just a neighbor you can buy them a small token, like a veteran shirt, to show your appreciation for them. Remember, veterans are not charities, you are merely thanking them or recognizing them for what they did for our country.

Small personalized gifts are a nice way to say thanks.

How to Honor Veterans by Understanding
As we’ve often heard, only a small percentage of our population serves in the military. For most Americans, military service is about as familiar as walking on the moon. Therefore, it is important to understand the sacrifices that our military men and women make on behalf of the country. They often miss family birthdays, milestones and spend holidays away from their loved ones.

It is often stated that the U.S. military defends American freedom. Some argue that there aren’t any threats knocking on our doors like Pearl Harbor and German subs lurking off the coast of the United States, therefore, the American military is not really defending anything.

Others, like the millions of people who served in the aftermath of 9-11, see it differently. They feel that their service is a deterrent to those who threaten freedom. No matter how you see military service, as a nation, we are indebted to our veterans for their service and we should always be thinking how to honor veterans.

How to Display Military Medals: 3 Ways to Show Your Military Pride

If you’re a military veteran, odds are great that you have earned military medals over the course of your time in uniform. Some of those awards were hard-earned, others were simply added to your record because you participated in a particular operation or event. Regardless of how the awards came to you, it’s important to know how to display military medals.

Hopefully, USAMM’s short list of tips can help guide you as you decide how to display military medals for yourself or a loved one.

How to Display Military Medals: Ribbon Rack Sticker
A sticky rack is a great way to show your military pride. Racks can be designed and organized online and then delivered right to your home. A toolbox, garage wall, laptop, automobile or truck are great places to place sticky ribbon racks.

Some argue that attention-seeking people place these stickers on their vehicles. Arguments like that don’t take into consideration that an entire generation of American warfighter, the Vietnam veteran, returned from war and got little to no recognition for their service. Naturally, now, some Vietnam veterans and other Cold War era veterans might be inclined to show pride in their military service since they were unable to years ago. This is in sharp contrast to modern veterans who have mostly received overwhelming public support and recognition for their service.

The arguments about how to display military medals on a sticky rack will continue with some thinking veterans are seeking attention if they use a sticky rack on something, and others content to proudly display their achievements for others to see. It is a personal choice.

How to Display Military Medals: Shadow Box
Whether you are doing it for yourself or a loved one, a shadow box is great way to answer the question, how to display military medals? USAMM has great tools, like the shadow box builder, that makes it really easy to assemble a shadow box.

Shadow boxes are fantastic ways to store and display military keepsakes. If you are putting together your own military shadow box, ensure it captures the essence of your military service. You can put what you want in it; patches, medals, ribbons, badges and even mementos like MRE hot sauce bottles or c-ration can openers. How to display military medals becomes less important because you are building a box for yourself; to keep your military items stored safely.

However, it is good to consider how to display military medals when you are putting together a shadow box for a family member or another loved one. If assembling a shadow box for a friend or family member, ensure you get the proper documentation from the military branch’s human resources office. This will enable you to purchase medals from military uniform outlets or request military awards from the federal government. While it is true that you can request awards as the next of kin at no charge, these requests can sometimes take months, if not years, to fulfill. Sometimes, purchasing the medals is best, but if you’d like to try to get them gratis from the government, read this article that explains how.

How to Display Military Medals: Ribbon Racks
Obviously if you are still on active, National Guard or reserve status, there will come a time when you need to wear your Class A uniform and your ribbon rack. This tends to be the most popular way on how to display military medals.

There are numerous occasions for service personnel to wear ribbon racks. Class A inspections, special events, military school graduations all might require a freshly updated ribbon rack. How to display military medals on your ribbon racks is guided mostly by uniform regulations of each particular service when you are wearing ribbon racks.

If you are putting together a ribbon rack for a veteran, remember that how to display military medals on a ribbon rack or in civilian attire is guided by uniform regulations of each branch. Simply because they are veterans, that status does not give military veterans the authority to wear military medals incorrectly.

The bottom line is that there are multiple ways on how to display military medals. Hopefully this guide helps.

How to Build a Military Shadow Box: A Complete Guide

Some people are good with their hands and some can barely use a screwdriver. There are those who are more comfortable than others when it comes to creating crafts or building projects from scratch. They can visualize raw materials and turn them into something special.

For those who are not-so-skilled in the woodworking vocations, luckily the internet is packed with lots of friendly how-to videos and plenty of articles to show you how to build a military shadow box. The primary tool you need is patience and ensure to bring that military-grade attention to detail because working with wood can be rewarding, but equally frustrating if the woodshop is not your second home.

How to Build a Military Shadow Box: Step 1
The first thing you need to do is determine what type of wood you’re going to use. Shadow boxes are usually made with cherry, mahogany, maple, oak, walnut, pine, and other types of woods, but lately individuals constructing their own shadow boxes have also turned to reclaimed wood. Old doors, barn walls, porch planks, wood floors, you name it, can all be repurposed and used in building a shadow box.

How to Build a Military Shadow Box: Step 2
Once you’ve figured out the kind of wood you need, you will need to determine what type of glass you want to use. You can use glass, acrylic, and even polycarbonates or any other lucid material that you prefer. You also have to decide if you want clear glass, tempered, smoked, non-glare. These can usually be purchased at home improvement stores and you can cut them to size. Pay careful attention to the thickness you purchase. Like wood, glass can also be repurposed and using reclaimed glass adds a touch of romanticism to the project, especially if you know the history behind the reclaimed items.

How to Build a Military Shadow Box: Step 3
As a short cut, some do-it-yourselfers have used a picture frame as a door for their shadow box. Essentially, they find a frame they like and they build a box behind the frame, attaching the frame with hinges to the box. The key here is to find a frame you like, in the dimensions you need, in the wood grain that fits your taste. This is probably the simplest way to answer the question, how to build a military shadow box.

How to Build a Military Shadow Box: Step 4
Once you’ve determined the kind of wood and glass you’d like to use, and the materials needed to assemble the box (wood glue, nails, screws, etc.), you need to determine what type of tools you will need. The average person doesn’t have a great woodworking setup in their homes, but that does not mean that you still can’t do it yourself. The typical shadow box can be constructed with handheld tools like a saw, hammer, tape measure and drill.

Remember those videos and articles about how to make a shadow box mentioned earlier in this article? Well, most of those will list the materials you need in order to tackle your shadow box project. The tools and raw materials will likely be shared with you, so can piece together what you think you need in order to make a shadow box.

If you find that you lack the tools needed to make a shadow box, consider renting some from the local home improvement store. Military base hobby shops are a great place to work with borrowed tools as well. In addition, some home improvement stores and craft shops have free workshops where you can sign up and build items using their tools. If all else fails, you can always buy the tools and add them to your toolbox.

The main thing to remember when you ask yourself how to build a military shadow box is that the box will hold many of the priceless items that you hold near and dear, many that were hard-earned like Ranger tabs, combat action awards and badges, and certain medals for work you’re proud that you performed. You want to house your military memories in something that you can be proud of.

So, use an internet search engine and ask the question how to make a shadow box. If you find that the project is overwhelming or that you will be punching above your weight class as a craftsperson by trying to make a shadow box, then you should reach out to the professionals at USAMM and order a shadow box.

How to Build a Military Shadow Box: Step 5
Ordering a shadow box from USAMM is much easier than building your own and they can also fill it with all of the medals, patches and insignia that you’ve earned. How to build a military shadow box is an easy question to answer. The steps, materials and tools needed can be looked up anywhere on the web, but if you are asking that question, maybe it is best to leave that task to the professionals.

Boot Camp Graduation Gifts: Five Ideas For Their Special Day

Boot camp, basic combat training, BMT; the entry level training that all new military recruits endure when they join the U.S. Armed Forces is referred to differently depending on the branch of service, but everyone joining the U.S. military must endure the rite of passage and attend some type of basic training.

Basic training for every branch of service is different and varies in difficulty, but when its over all participants are happy about their accomplishment and a great way to show them that you’re proud of their achievement is to purchase boot camp graduation gifts. If you do not have a lot of military experience or you’re unsure of what to buy, let us help you with our short list of ideas for boot camp graduation gifts.

Subscriptions
Subscriptions used to be hard to manage, but thanks to technology, anyone can read, watch and play games from their personal devices.

Subscriptions make great boot camp graduation gifts because hard copy magazines are fading into history and most, if not all, magazines are available in a digital format with a subscription. If your newly minted Soldier, Airman, Marine, Sailor, or Guardian isn’t really into periodicals, then maybe a subscription to a popular streaming channel might be a great gift. If the new service member in your life is a gamer, there are plenty of membership subscriptions that will satisfy their gaming fixes and also make great boot camp graduation gifts.

Gift Cards
Gift cards make great boot camp graduation gifts because they give the recipient complete freedom to purchase what they want. Gift cards can be used in a variety of ways to shop for uniform items, including ribbon racks, or service pride items, but rest assured, you can’t go wrong with gift cards as boot camp graduation gifts, especially when you can send them virtually via e-mail or drop them in the mail as a traditional plastic card.

Books
If the basic trainee graduate in your life loves to read, then good boot camp graduation gifts are books. If the graduates have reading devices, you can simply digitally purchase a book for them and they are sent a link to download their book. You can also buy them a credit on a particular e-book platform and they can download a book of their choice if you don’t want to be deal with shipping something.

If your young troop knows where they are headed after graduation, then consider hard copy books and even audio books for them to listen to. These formats make great boot camp graduation gifts for those who are book fans.

Military Gifts
Some great boot camp graduation gifts are things like shadow boxes, coin racks, and flag cases. Even though graduates are new to the military, these are great boot camp graduation gifts because they can keep them ready and use them once they start receiving awards, coins or other tokens of military service. They will own a way a showcase their tokens. These are always awesome boot camp graduation gifts.

Service Pride
Things like hoodies, t-shirts, and hats all make great boot camp graduation gifts. It’s a nice way for that special basic trainee in your life to show their pride while keeping warm and looking sharp.

Whatever boot camp graduation gifts you decide to buy, shopping and shipping early is always smart to ensure your trainee knows you are thinking about them as they complete their training.

Gifts for Veterans: The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide

The holidays are closing in fast and if you have a former service member in your life, you might be looking for gifts for veterans that will show them how much you care about them and show them the pride you have in their service.  

The key to buying great gifts for veterans is to truly think about who they are and what they like. If that still doesn’t do the trick to help you find great gifts for veterans in your life, then try this short list to find the perfect gift for the veterans in your life and be sure to take advantage of Black Friday and Cyber Monday specials.

Subscriptions
Subscriptions used to be hard to manage, but thanks to technology, anyone can read, watch and play games from their personal devices.

Subscriptions are great gifts for veterans because hard copy magazines are fading into history and most, if not all, magazines are available in a digital format with a subscription. If your veteran isn’t really into periodicals, then maybe a subscription to a popular streaming channel might be a great gift. If the veteran in your life is a gamer, there are plenty of membership subscriptions that will satisfy their gaming fix.

Gift Cards
Gift cards make great gifts for veterans because they give the recipient complete freedom to purchase what they want. Gift cards can be used in a variety of ways to shop for uniform items, including ribbon racks, or service pride items, but rest assured, you can’t go wrong with gift cards as gifts for veterans, especially when you can send them virtually via e-mail or mail them as a traditional plastic card.

Veteran Pride
Veteran vests, t-shirts, and hats all make great gifts for veterans. It’s a nice way for that special veteran in your life to show their pride while keeping warm and looking sharp. Theater hats take a step up and allow them to show their OEF or OIF pride.

Books
If the veteran in your life loves to read, then great gifts for veterans are books. If they have reading devices, you can simply purchase a book for them and they are sent a link to download their book. You can also buy them a credit on a particular e-book platform and they can download a book of their choice if you don’t want to be deal with shipping something.

Hard copy books and audio books for them to listen to as they work out or drive to work make great gifts for veterans who are book fans.

Military Gifts
If you’re shopping for a seasoned veteran in your life, then odds are great that your veteran’s career has allowed them to collect a lot of coins, awards and trinkets from their many years of service. Items like shadow boxes, coin racks, and flag cases are wonderful gifts for veterans who have amassed items that reflect their military service. Your veteran might be so busy that they’ve likely not had the time to organize those items in a way that they can be properly showcased. These are awesome gifts for veterans with a few years of service under their belt.

Whatever gifts for veterans you decide to buy, shopping and shipping early is always smart to ensure your veteran knows you are thinking about them during the holidays. Remember, take advantage of those Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales to not only get a great gift, but to save your hard-earned cash.

Gifts for Airmen: The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide

The holidays are closing in fast and if you have a U.S. airman in your life, you might be looking for gifts for airmen that will show them how much you care about them and show them the pride you have in their service.  

The key to buying great gifts for airmen is to truly think about who they are and what they like. If that still doesn’t do the trick to help you find great gifts for airmen in your life, then try this short list to find the perfect gift for the airmen in your life and be sure to take advantage of Black Friday and Cyber Monday specials.

Subscriptions
Subscriptions used to be hard to manage, but thanks to technology, anyone can read, watch and play games from their personal devices.

Subscriptions are great gifts for airmen because hard copy magazines are fading into history and most, if not all, magazines are available in a digital format with a subscription. If your airman isn’t really into periodicals, then maybe a subscription to a popular streaming channel might be a great gift. If the airman in your life is a gamer, there are plenty of membership subscriptions that will satisfy their gaming fix.

Gift Cards
Gift cards make great gifts for airmen because they give the recipient complete freedom to purchase what they want. Gift cards can be used in a variety of ways to shop for airman uniform items, including ribbon racks, or service pride items, but rest assured, you can’t go wrong with gift cards as gifts for airmen, especially when you can send them virtually via e-mail or mail them as a traditional plastic card.

Airman Pride
Airman hoodies, t-shirts, and hats all make great gifts for airmen. It’s a nice way for that special airman in your life to show their pride while keeping warm and looking sharp. Theater hats take a step up and allow them to show their OEF or OIF pride.

Books
If the airman in your life loves to read, then great gifts for airmen are books. If they have reading devices, you can simply purchase a book for them and they are sent a link to download their book. You can also buy them a credit on a particular e-book platform and they can download a book of their choice if you don’t want to be deal with shipping something to an airman who is currently deployed.

If your airman isn’t deployed, then consider hard copy books and even audio books for them to listen to as they work out or drive to work. Either format makes great gifts for airmen who are book fans.

Military Gifts
If you’re shopping for a seasoned airman in your life, then odds are great that your airman’s career has allowed them to collect a lot of coins, awards and trinkets from their many years of service. Items like shadow boxes, coin racks, and flag cases are wonderful gifts for airmen who have amassed items that reflect their military service. Your airman might be so busy that they’ve likely not had the time to organize those items in a way that they can be properly showcased.

These are awesome gifts for airmen or Air Force veterans with a few years of service under their belt.

Whatever gifts for airmen you decide to buy, shopping and shipping early is always smart to ensure your airman knows you are thinking about them during the holidays. Remember, take advantage of those Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales to not only get a great gift, but to save your hard-earned money.

Gifts for Soldiers: The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide

The holidays are closing in fast and if you have a U.S. soldier in your life, you might be looking for gifts for soldiers that will show them how much you care about them and show them the pride you have in their service.  

The key to buying great gifts for soldiers is to truly think about who they are and what they like. If that still doesn’t do the trick to help you find great gifts for soldiers in your life, then try this short list to find the perfect gift for the Soldier in your life and be sure to take advantage of Black Friday and Cyber Monday specials.

Subscriptions
Subscriptions used to be hard to manage, but thanks to technology, anyone can read, watch and play from their personal devices.

Subscriptions are great gifts for soldiers because hard copy magazines are fading into history and most, if not all, magazines are available in a digital format with a subscription. If your soldier isn’t really into periodicals, then maybe a subscription to a popular streaming channel might be a great gift. If the soldier in your life is a gamer, there are plenty of membership subscriptions that will satisfy their gaming fix.

Gift Cards
Gift cards make great gifts for soldiers because they give the recipient complete freedom to purchase what they want. Gift cards can be used in a variety of ways to shop for Soldier uniform items, including ribbon racks, or service pride items, but rest assured, you can’t go wrong with gift cards as gifts for soldiers, especially when you can send them virtually via e-mail or mail them as a traditional plastic card.

Soldier Pride
Soldier hoodies, t-shirts, and hats all make great gifts for soldiers. It’s a nice way for that special soldier in your life to show their pride while keeping warm and looking sharp. Theater hats take a step up and allow them to show their OEF or OIF pride.

Books
If the soldier in your life loves to read, then great gifts for soldiers are books. If they have reading devices, you can simply purchase a book for them and they are sent a link to download their book. You can also buy them a credit on a particular e-book platform and they can download a book of their choice if you don’t want to be deal with shipping something to a soldier who is currently deployed.

If your soldier isn’t deployed, then consider hard copy books and even audio books for them to listen to as they work out or drive to work. Either format makes great gifts for soldiers who are book fans.

Military Gifts
If you’re shopping for a seasoned soldier in your life, then odds are great that your soldier’s career has allowed them to collect a lot of coins, awards and trinkets from their many years of service. Items like shadow boxes, coin racks, and flag cases are wonderful gifts for soldiers who have amassed items that reflect their military service. Your soldier might be so busy that they’ve likely not had the time to organize those items in a way that they can be properly showcased.

These are awesome gifts for soldiers or Army veterans with a few years of service under their belt.

Whatever gifts for soldiers you decide to buy, shopping and shipping early is always smart to ensure your soldier loved one knows you are thinking about them during the holidays. Remember, take advantage of those Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales to not only get a great gift, but to save your hard-earned cash.

Gifts For Marines: The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide

The holidays are closing in fast and if you have a U.S. Marine in your life, you might be looking for gifts for Marines that will show them how much you care about them and show them the pride you have in their service.  

The key to buying great gifts for Marines is to truly think about who they are and what they like. If that still doesn’t do the trick to help you find great gifts for Marines in your life, then try this short list to find the perfect gift for the Devil Dog in your life and be sure to take advantage of Black Friday and Cyber Monday specials.

Subscriptions
Subscriptions used to be hard to manage, but thanks to technology, anyone can read, watch and play games from their personal devices.

Subscriptions are great gifts for Marines because hard copy magazines are fading into history and most, if not all, magazines are available in a digital format with a subscription. If your Marine isn’t really into periodicals, then maybe a subscription to a popular streaming channel might be a great gift. If the Marine in your life is a gamer, there are plenty of membership subscriptions that will satisfy their gaming fix.

Gift Cards
Gift cards make great gifts for Marines because they give the recipient complete freedom to purchase what they want. Gift cards can be used in a variety of ways to shop for Marine uniform items, including ribbon racks, or service pride items, but rest assured, you can’t go wrong with gift cards as gifts for Marines, especially when you can send them virtually via e-mail or mail them as a traditional plastic card.

Marine Corps Pride
Marine Corps hoodies, t-shirts, and hats all make great gifts for Marines. It’s a nice way for that special Marine in your life to show their pride while keeping warm and looking sharp. Theater hats take a step up and allow them to show their OEF or OIF pride.

Books
If the Marine in your life loves to read, then great gifts for Marines are books. If they have reading devices, you can simply purchase a book for them and they are sent a link to download their book. You can also by them a credit on a particular e-book platform and they can download a book of their choice if you don’t want to be bothered with shipping something to a Marine who is currently deployed.

If your Marine isn’t deployed, then consider hard copy books and even audio books for them to listen to as they work out or drive to work. Either format makes great gifts for Marines who are book fans.

Military Gifts
If you’re shopping for a seasoned Leatherneck in your life, then odds are great that your Marine’s career has allowed them to collect a lot of coins, awards and trinkets from their many years of service. Items like shadow boxes, coin racks, and flag cases are wonderful gifts for Marines who have amassed items that reflect their military service. Your Marine might be so busy that they’ve likely not had the time to organize those items in a way that they can be properly showcased.

These are awesome gifts for Marines or Marine Corps veterans with a few years of service under their belt.

Whatever gifts for Marines you decide to buy, shopping and shipping early is always smart to ensure your Marine loved one knows you are thinking about them during the holidays. Remember, take advantage of those Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales to not only get a great gift, but to save your hard-earned cash.