We all have done something of which we are not proud, an act that had or could have had repercussions for our careers. A second chance to prove that a bad act is not who you are and that you’ve learned from the mistake is almost always warranted, but in today’s Marine Corps this does not happen often enough. Years ago, the Marine Corps had a program that focused on reinstalling good order and discipline in Marines who committed minor infractions during their initial enlistment—the Correctional Custody Unit (CCU). Disbanded since 2006, a new version of the CCU program (CCU 2.0) was reinstated in Okinawa, Japan in 2018. However, this is an initiative by the III Marine Expeditionary Force commander and the Marine Corps currently has no plan to reinstitute CCUs elsewhere. This is a mistake—CCU 2.0 should be implemented worldwide as soon as possible.
The Marine Corps Needs Correctional Custody Units
By Gunnery Sergeant Jamell Lovett, U.S. Marine Corps