Looks like America’s cuddliest Marine is getting a promotion.
The official Marine Barracks Washington Facebook page is announcing that Chesty XIV, an English bulldog who is the official mascot of the Marine Corps will pin on a second chevron Friday. That event will coincide with the weekly evening parade at 8th and I, a public demonstration of Marine Corps pomp and circumstance that typically includes a chance for Chesty to greet his adoring fans.
Chesty should remember to keep his nose clean, though.
His equally jowly predecessor, Sgt. Chesty XIII, once received a demotion for snapping at then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s dog, Bravo, during a parade event. Fortunately, he earned back his rank and retired honorably after a five-year career in 2013.
Like most Marine NCOs, Chesty XIV looks a bit aged by his tough Marine Corps service. For a look back at Chesty in his adorable puppy days, go here and here and here.
Have own One bulldog in my life my son a Marine also has a bulldog awesome dogs being a former Marine I love the USMC mascot. Semper fi
Has he done Leading Marines yet?
Really? Isn’t this unrealistic unless we bust him down to PFC a few times prior to pinning on as NCO? Or are we going for the more dramatic Cpl to LCpl busting? Just curious.
Look at those neck rolls. BCP standards are ignored as usual.
my father was a Marine colonel, God rest. I love the fact that only the toughest men on earth could love a face like that of Chesty. Congratulations on your promotion!
I kept the official base mascot at Twentynine Stumps in the early 70s. She was an English bulldog and was a Sgt E-5. So, she out ranked Chesty. She was kind of irritable at times, but for the most part behaved in front of the General and Sergeant Major. Semper Fi
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Dog pees on everything – but does not get busted in rank… Double-standard… of course – he is smarter than the 2 giving him the promotion.