In the discussion that followed, some in the media implied that the policy was unconstitutional. I believe they were wrong. In light of the factual background behind ALMAR 226/93 and a study of relevant precedent, the policy would have withstood Constitutional challenge.
Service regulations once required an enlisted Marine to obtain permission from his commander before getting married. Training, deployments, and contingency operations cause immeasurable stress on any marriage. Perhaps it is in recognition of that fact that, even today, the service academies prohibit cadets and midshipmen from marrying.