Semper Fidelis tattoo for non Marines?

I’m interested in getting Semper Fidelis tattooed on my arm along with a design I’m thinking up. I’m not an active service member but I love Latin language. I currently have Momento Mori tattooed on my forearm which is one of my favorite phrases. I’m curious to know who would have a problem with that considering the term Semper Fidelis isn’t even owned by the US military and I’m not going to parade around telling anyone I’m a Marine when I’m not. Also, the design I’m thinking of doesn’t even remotely look like the USMC insignia. It has to do with me being a leo and always being faithful to my friends and family.

People already assume I’m a Marine or in the Navy because of the way I carry myself so it wouldn’t be anything new to have someone ask if I am. I know Latin is a broad language but there aren’t many phrases that I actually take to a personal level.

Can I really not respond to answers individually instead of adding “additional details”? haha.

Thank you for the quick responses everyone. I’m still leaning towards getting it with no intent on disrespecting their way of life. Hopefully I come across individuals who aren’t ignorant to the fact that Semper Fidelis isn’t just the UNSC motto.

@mgan what I mean by “carry myself” is that I walk with confidence, clothes are always straight fitting, always properly groomed, and more importantly, always respectful to people. Must be why my girlfriend whom is a Naval Officer likes me so much lol.

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  • Yeah it’s not copyrighted but it is the official motto of the Marine Corps.

    If you don’t go parading around impersonating a Marine than I don’t think it’s a big deal. But others will naturally assume that you are, and that could be a problem. Especially if you run into a former Marine, retired Marine or an active duty Marine. This tattoo idea has the potential to physically harm you.

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    Semper Fidelis tattoo for non Marines?

    I’m interested in getting Semper Fidelis tattooed on my arm along with a design I’m thinking up. I’m not an active service member but I love Latin language. I currently have Momento Mori tattooed on my forearm which is one of my favorite phrases. I’m curious to know who would have a…

  • Most Marines would have a problem with that, considering that the Marines take “Semper Fidelis” very seriously.

    That’s because the title Marine is not given, it’s earned. Some Marines would allow that if you have a family member or friend that is currently in. Drill Instructors won’t even let recruits say that until they earn the title Marine, at least that is what my Senior Drill Instructor did with my platoon.

    As a Marine myself, I really don’t have a problem with it, if that is what you truly believe, then go for it.

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  • Semper Fidelis is something that all can live by but just remember that it is almost completely known as a Marine motto so if you have it just don’t go around saying that you are one

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  • Of course its ok to get a “Semper Fidelis” tattoo. Marine or not. It originated in France and was and is used by many varied corps, towns, cities etc in Europe. It simply portrays that the wearer is “Faithful” to whatever cause or belief he/she stands for.

  • go do what you want no one is going to stop you but Semper Fi is the logo we live by and many Marines have that tattoo or an EGA or both

  • Latin is a big language. Choose something else. Unless you were Corp, or lost someone who was in the Corp…don’t do it. You’ll have to explain it away for the rest of your life.

  • I guess, hell, I know a 15 year old with that tattooed on his lower back.

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