The retention of highly trained Marines is a major problem that the Corps is fighting and losing as personnel leave the ranks for a multitude of reasons, including lack of satisfaction with their service, mistaken expectations, cumulative fatigue, and medical problems.
The Marine Corps has arguably the best recruiters and marketing of all the military services. Its call to duty and service above self attracts many motivated and patriotic young Americans. As Marines serve out their initial enlistments, however, many realize that their initial perceptions of duty and service often are starkly different than the realities they experience. Marines can be caught in the chasm between the ideals of patriotism and service, the brutal realities of combat and death, and budget constraints that limit the ability to train and operate.