An example of why the Marine Corps works

Published: Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 12:16 AM.

That captain duty officer on New Year’s Eve was carrying on the legacy of Fleet Marine Force Manual (FMFM) 1-0, the iconic Marine Corps directive that orders the officer-enlisted relationship to be “… in no sense one of superior and inferior nor that of master and servant, but rather that of teacher and scholar.”

The Cherry Point Command Duty Officer this past New Year’s Eve was doing his job as a watch stander but more importantly as a Marine officer. And as I left 2013 for 2014, these “friendly” chess games between captain and private were a fine reminder of the time-tested officer-enlisted/teacher-scholar relationships that have stood the Marine Corps so well.

Barry Fetzer is a columnist for the Havelock News. He can be reached at

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