When I first saw this, my mind instantly went "uh-oh" followed by two scenarios, neither of them good.
Neo-Nazis, white supremacists, etc. have gotten past their NCOs and officers. Not likely in the Corps, but it has happened in the Army.
These are young, dumb, cockstrong scout-snipers who haven't a fucking clue.
I'll go with Door No. Two, Bob.
The commander of a group of U.S. Marines who were photographed in Afghanistan with what looks like a Nazi SS flag concluded they were acting out of ignorance rather than bigotry and decided not to punish them, a Marine Corps spokesman said on Thursday.
Master Gunnery Sergeant Mark Oliva, a Marine spokesman at Camp Pendleton in California, said the commander of the elite sniper team involved had investigated the matter and decided no disciplinary action was warranted.
“They didn’t realize that they were associating themselves with something that was racist, fascist,” Oliva said. “This was a chance to educate our young Marines about” the history of the Nazis and “the power of symbols.”
“They saw ‘SS’ and associated it with ‘scout sniper’ rather than the Nazis,” Oliva said.
I will give them the benefit of the doubt on this one. Of course, I'm a little biased but I'm glad it went this way and I accept it.
It's hard to come up with a logo/flag etc. for anything with the initials "SS". Maybe they should change 'scout sniper' to something like 'Scouts and Marksmen'.
"S & M" oughtn't to be too hard...