It's that time of year again to take your dress blues to the dry cleaners and get them ready for the Marine Corps ball. Considered the biggest night of the year, the ball is a rare opportunity to get dressed up and get completely sh*t faced with your chain of command.
It's your time to celebrate because not many people get two legit b-days in one year.
But before you mount your medals, ask your date, or book your hotel room, check out our list of ways you can make this birthday the best one ever.
1. Get the hottest date you can muster
Marines are notorious for asking a celebrity to attend the Marine Corps Ball with them. Since it's considered the biggest event in the Corps, don't hesitate to jump on social media and ask your celebrity crush to go with you.
Here's TMR to tell you a few steps how:
2. Challenge a superior to a dance-off
It's not very often when a lower enlisted Marine can duke-it-out with a superior and get away with it. Think about working on your dance moves now — it's an epic opportunity for bragging rights.
But if you sergeant major moves like this Marine, you're probably f*cked!
3. Split an expensive hotel bill
Many devil dogs celebrate the Marine Corps birthday more than their own birthday. It can get pretty crazy. Since many units celebrate far away from the base, consider getting a few of your buddies to split the cost of a large hotel suite for an epic after party and dance well into the night.
4. Study the "chest candy"
Before you pull on your dress blues, take a few extra minutes to study the Marine Corps' ribbons and medals. It's an interesting way of getting some background info on your superiors without asking them.
You can also feel smug if you have more combat decorations than they do...
5. Take photos/videos — drinking is temporary but random party pics are forever
You are most likely going to get wasted drunk either at the ball or in the hotel (not recommended — aim for that perfect buzz). Take tons of photos and video because chances are you're not going to remember much the next day.
Having those epic memories of taking a celeb as your date, beating the sergeant major in a dance contest, and making fun of a POG staff sergeant behind their back will be well documented.