So I'm asking here as a normal person, not as Marine Corps.

So as a marine fan, is it possible (legal) to add Marines' Eagle, Globe, and Anchor (EGA) sign before your name in the end of documents or posts?

Something like:

[ega_sign] Andy, 2018/9/13

Since according to 17 U.S.C § 105 which prohibits the US Federal government from holding copyrights. Which should mean that it isn't illegal to use USMC's sign (is it?).

Eagle, Globe, and Anchor (EGA)


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No, it is not illegal to use the symbol of the federal government for your own personal use as it is a public domain symbol.

However, the USMC will frown upon it. Marines have a sort of warrior culture ethos to them, when compared to the other branches of the U.S. military and a strong culture among those who served. Among Marine culture "there is no such thing as a former Marine"... that is, once you enter the service, you are a marine even if you retire (a former Marine is usually someone who was dishonorably discharged OR committed an action that would have gotten him/her discharged had they not retired). They do not take kindly to Stolen Valor (pretending or seeming to pretend you served when you did not). While this is legal to do per SCOTUS rule, it's not considered advisable. Most of the US military have dim views of Stolen Valor and will react very negatively. And seeing as how the Marines like to boast in song that they Guard Heaven for God upon Death, these are not enemies you would like to make. Tread extremely cautiously while doing this.

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    Possibly one way to balance out having this insignia would be to specify in the signature that the posting party is not a Marine and that this insignia is in place to honor those in the service of our country.
    – fred_dot_u
    Sep 13, 2018 at 15:01
  • That's one work around.
    – hszmv
    Sep 13, 2018 at 15:03
  • There is a caveat here. If the use of the insignia is used to mislead someone into you engaging in official U.S. Marine Corps business or affiliated, that use could constitute fraud.
    – ohwilleke
    Sep 13, 2018 at 17:41
  • Also, I'm sure that there is some symbol for Marine solidarity that you could use in lue of the official symbol.
    – hszmv
    Sep 13, 2018 at 17:52

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