Add “Lone Survivor” Marcus Luttrell to the list of Americans who believe the Pentagon should arm recruiters and other service members after the attack in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Luttrell, who earned a Navy Cross in a bloody 2005 battle in Afghanistan that was later depicted in the movie “Lone Survivor,” wrote that he had just heard about Marine recruiters being told not to wear their uniforms.
“I have to tell y’all I laughed out loud, if anyone thinks for one second a Marine is gonna take his uniform off because he cares about his safety or is scared of some sh–bag walking in off the street and trying this again (WRONG), that’s not gonna happen, that’s not how we respond in the military when we get hit, we don’t take off our uniforms drop our weps [sic] and run,” Luttrell wrote. “Also, you can outfit every recruiting station w/ firearms, grenades or a F..?!ing tank, this goes down again and there is a good chance you’ll find a the person beaten to death by the water cooler or stapler.”
Luttrell concluded: “The bullets will be the last of you [sic] problems. Think on it. RIP brothers, your families will miss you, the country will mourn you, and those still wearing the uniform will never forget you.”
In a separate Facebook post, Luttrell seemed to send a message to President Obama, who has been criticized for not ordering American flags to be lowered to half-staff to recognize the Americans killed. They are Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan, 40; Staff Sgt. David Wyatt, 35; Sgt. Carson A. Holmquist; Lance Cpl. Squire D. “Skip” Wells, 21, and Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall Smith, 26.
“Oh one more thing, lower the FLAG!!!!!!!! Sir,” Luttrell wrote.
On Tuesday, the president issued a proclamation ordering that flags be ordered to half-staff. Meanwhile, Marine Corps officials said recruiters were back in uniform, and only temporarily told not to wear them as a safety precaution. The order was issued at Recruiting Station Nashville in Tennessee, which oversees the station in Chattanooga and other similar small facilities in Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee and western Georgia.
Luttrell isn’t the first high-profile veteran to criticize decision-making by senior officials following the Chattanooga attack. Marine Sgt. Dakota Meyer, a Medal of Honor recipient, also has done so, appearing on Fox News on Monday night and then following up with more on Facebook afterward.
“First and foremost, to ask a United States Marine to take their uniform off for their own safety is absolutely asinine,” Meyer wrote. “The proudest moments of my life were spent dawning the colors of this great country by way of my uniform. To ask to take it off for any reason is a slap in the face to every man and women who has served, is serving, and who will serve. So no Department of Defense the United States Marines will not be taking off their uniform.”
This post has been updated to reflect that while some Marine recruiters were told not to wear uniforms, no blanket directive was issued for them across the entire country, according to a Marine Corps Recruiting Command spokesman.