Behind the Cover: The new Lance Corporal Underground


There are rumor mills in nearly every working environment in America, and the Marine Corps is no different. This week, Marine Corps Times reviews where many rumors in the service “grow legs”: The Lance Corporal Underground.

One part rumor mill and one part peer support group, the Underground has an age-old reputation for clueing in some of the service’s most junior members on important information early — when it gets the gouge right.

Marine Corps Times decided to review how the Underground has evolved in recent years, and what those evolutions mean. It’s safe to say rumors aren’t just passed at the smoke pit any more.

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I'm a senior writer with Marine Corps Times, covering ground warfare, manpower, weapons acquisition and other beats. I embedded in Afghanistan in spring 2010, and plan to return at least once in 2011.

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