U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. David Furness, Commanding General of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), speaks to members of CJTF-HOA during his promotion ceremony, in which he was promoted to major general, at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, March 24, 2018 (Photo: Staff Sgt. Timothy Moore)

Editor's note: This article was written on the condition of anonymity by an active-duty junior Marine Corps officer in the combat arms. His identity is known to Task & Purpose but is being withheld at his request out of concern for retaliation that may harm his career. It comes in response to a policy letter issued on April 16 by Marine Gen. David Furness, commanding general of 2nd Marine Division, which established a basic daily routine due to what Furness described as "a significant decline in the basic discipline" of his Marines.

Gen. Furness,

Though I am a mere junior officer, let me be entirely frank: your latest policy letter 5-19 "Basic Daily Routine" violates the core tenets of Marine Corps doctrine. You ought to repeal it immediately.

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U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith

I got my first cell phone in my late 20s. I know that’s inconceivable to some of you who got your phones while still in middle school or even earlier. Don’t worry. For an old guy, I caught up quickly. I text like a pro and I am a slave to Facebook and Twitter. I love connecting with people whom I otherwise would have lost contact with, and sometimes would never have met at all, save for the Internet and that magic device in my pocket.

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