The Internet is all abuzz about President Trump’s act of courtesy toward a young United States Marine. As the President arrives at Marine One he reached down and picked up the Lance Corporal’s “Cover”.
The Navy and Marines call their hats “covers.” That was awesome in itself, but the real story was missed by everyone.
As you watch the video look at how many people near the President are armed.
That young Lance Corporal, who lost his cover, is armed with a Baretta M9 9mm pistol. When you look at his chest he has two marksmanship medals. The one on the left shows his rifle proficiency the smaller one on the right his pistol skills.
He is an Expert Rifleman and an Expert with a Pistol. Achieving “Expert” status with a pistol in very difficult.
You will also notice the Presidential Seal on the Marine’s right pocket. This Marine has earned his place amoung the Presidential Guard. He has a Military Occupational Specialty of 8152.
Marines who have earned the 8152 designations are called “Gun-Slingers” by the rest of the Marine Corp. They are the very elite in small arms. What does that mean? Gunslingers have extensive training in small arms and they are VERY, VERY FAST and DEADLY ACCURATE!
Sure, most Marines can shoot and do it very well, but this Marine can pull his pistol from the holster and hit a target 30 feet away, three times, in less than half a second. Why does that matter?
How many times did you see Obama that close to a US Marine “Gun Slinger,” let alone be brave enough to try to put his hat back on!