This is an honest inquiry! I got into a discussion on another board with a member there because I was curious about his sig which reads "Former Marine". To me, that would indicate that he is no longer a Marine and I always got the impression that once someone became a Marine...they were always a Marine...kind of on a special level if that makes any sense...which would make being a "Former Marine" a misnomer...unless, of course, someone were dishonorably discharged. Seriously...I'm trying to get a feeling on this because, for instance, my ex brother-in-law...who was a Marine during Nam certainly prides himself on being a Marine to this day and I'm sure in no way looks upon himself as being a "Former Marine" even though he is no longer on active duty which was the explanation I got from this other individual. He said he uses "Former Marine" so as to make it clear he is no longer on active duty...which still seems to me to be inaccurate...he is not a former Marine...he is still a Marine by my way of understanding...when I pushed him further to try and discuss this logic he quit responding to me. I would appreciate some perspective on this from other members of the military, thanks.