Does the Corps Make Him Carry Condoms?

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Dear Ms. Vicki,

My husband swears that the Marine Corps makes him carry condoms when he is deployed.

We have had several issues, and I believe that my husband is unfaithful to me. He swears that he is not.

I think I know the answer to my question, but felt after 20 years together he at least deserves for me to ask before I walk away.

So, have you ever heard of the Corps mandatorily handing out condoms to its troops?

-- Just Wondering

Dear Wondering,

I asked several Marines in leadership positions about this question. They all said it is not written in any rulebook that Marines have to carry a condom while deployed. It is not mandatory.

However, these leaders did advise that perhaps his gunnery sergeant, first sergeant or commander gives guidance to the Marines while in formation as a "sidebar" or "sideline" coaching. The unit may have been told to carry condoms and avoid venereal diseases and unwanted pregnancies.

I think the important thing here is that you suspect he isn't telling the truth. After 20 years together, it would be helpful for you to sit down with a counselor. If your husband won't go with you, go on your own.

So again, while carrying a condom is good advice that may have been given to a unit, it is not mandatory for Marines. Please let me know how everything turns out, OK?

-- Ms. Vicki

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