U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Austin Livingston

"Honey, I have news," is how the conversation always starts. But the hard part is when news of a military move involves an unaccompanied tour. In the Army, the most common unaccompanied tour destination is Korea. More and more military families make the decision not to follow their spouse for a variety of reasons.

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In June 1775, George Washington, appointing Maj. Gen. Philip Schuyler to a major command, gave explicit instructions about what he wanted Schuyler to do and to try to do: “You will be pleased also to make regular Returns once a Month to me and to the Continental Congress (and oftner as Occurrences may require) of the Forces under your Command—Of your provisions, Stores &c.; and give me the earliest Advises of every piece of Intelligence, which you shall judge of Importance to be speedily known.”

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U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Caitlin Brink

If there’s one thing the Marine Corps will never be in short supply of, it’s rules. There are regulations on how to lace your boots, what you can and cannot do while walking, what clothes you can wear while off duty, and numerous pages explaining how to wear your uniform or how your hair should be cut.

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