Brother Robert Salaam has some interesting commentary in response to an article by the BBC on the only Muslim chaplain in the US Marine Corps.
The American Muslim: Muslims in the US Marine Corps
Umar Lee: The Price of Admission
I’ve worked with a few former or retired Marines (I prefer the term former as opposed to retired but one Marine I used to work with told me that “There are no former Marines, once a Marine always a Marine, there are Marines, retired Marines, and dead Marines“).
Moving right along, I can say that the former or retired Marines both male and female that I have had the opportunity to work with in various jobs have all displayed remarkable dedication, team work, a willingness to do what needs to be done to succeed, a desire for excellence, and a penchant for vulgarity and cursing. I don’t say that is necessarily reflective of the Marine Corps as whole just that that has been my experience with Marines in civilian occupations.
From the Storehouse: Muslims in the Military