The U.S. Marine Corps has revived its suggestion box. Back in 1995,
marine commandant Charles Kurlak instituted the Marine Mail program. Any marine
with a useful suggestion, was encouraged to send it to the commandant. The only
catch was that the suggestion had to meet one of four criteria;
What are we not doing that we should be doing?
What are we doing that we should do differently?
What are we doing that we should not be doing?
What new concept or idea should the Marine Corps investigate to improve its
of useful ideas came in over the years. Some of them proved very useful. Soon,
there was an email address for Marine Mail as well. But over the last few
years, the program was not promoted much, and fell into disuse. The current
commandant, James Conway, changed that by announcing that Marine Mail was still
around, and marines should make use of it.
Mail can be tricky. Marines are warned not to use it for things that should be
handled via the chain of command, or other channels (like the Inspector General
for criminal matters). What the commandant is looking for is things that affect
a lot, or all, marines, and that only the commandant can get moving. This could
be anything from weapons, to tactics, to how the uniform is worn. A lot of the
suggestions are about seemingly little things, at least to the senior officers,
but that mean a lot to the majority of marines.
have also found Marine Mail a good way to find out what's happening throughout
the Marine Corps, and get a heads up on things that need a closer look at. If
you're a marine, you know the email address for Marine Mail.