‘Terminal Lance’ Tuesdays: Why’s First Sergeant so upset?


It’s Tuesday, so we’re opening the vault once more to bring you another exclusive “Terminal Lance” strip, published heretofore only in the pages of Marine Corps Times. “Dismay,” one of my all-time favorites, appeared in the issue dated Feb. 27, 2012.

“Dismay,” original pub date Feb. 27, 2012
(Artwork by Maximilian Uriarte)

Seeing this, I imagine that First Sergeant’s a real close-talker — the sort of guy whose breath you have to smell every time he barks at you. And given his proclivity for java, as Max has depicted here, I’ve got to think First Sergeant’s breath has its own pulse. Ugh.

“Success Starts Here: The Basics to a Successful Life”
By First Sgt. Jermaine Jenkins

That said, coffee in the workplace is a serious matter — and so are first sergeants. One of our favorites at Marine Corps Times is First Sgt. Jermaine Jenkins, whom we profiled earlier this year upon publication of his book, “Success Starts Here: The Basics to a Successful Life.” Among his tips for junior Marines aspiring to move up the ranks: find a mentor, get a college degree and enforce the rules. And when it comes to fitness, Jenkins isn’t the least bit shy about reminding Marines they “get paid to stay thin.”

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  1. LCPL Dongiva, Phuck on

    Honestly, these dudes make so much every check they could take the money used to buy one and wipe their asses with it and still be able to buy like 30 more. WTF

  2. TLCpl Smith, P. on

    You gotta think about it Dongiva, yeah they make abunch of money, but they probably have kids that are teenagers, so they don’t have as much as u think, my old first Sgt had 2 different cases of child support lol, so he wasn’t banking like we thought he was. I was the same way without coffee, or cigs, I went nuts.

  3. “Enforce the rules” Ya sure when there is a double standard for the SNCO’s and Officers when it comes to “rules” Get in a fight out in town? Oh wait SSgt your fine just no Meritorious Gunny board.. Oh hey Cpl you got in to a fight well sorry your now a Lance restricted to the brks for 60 days and we are going to take some pay as well. By the way the SSgt put a guy in the hospital for no reason while the Cpl tried to stop his friend from doing something stupid..

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