5 Tactics US Marines Use to Command Respect

Secrets to Earning Respect from the Elite

Let’s talk respect. It’s a cornerstone of any successful life, whether you’re leading a fireteam in Fallujah or negotiating a raise with your boss.

With that said, respect isn’t something handed out on a silver platter. It’s earned, forged in the crucible of discipline, dedication, and a certain…swagger — but you can learn how to earn it.

In this modern day and age, you don’t need to enlist to learn the ways of the Marines. Here are 5 tactics these elite warriors use to command respect, and how you can adapt them to your own life.

5. Be the Master of Your Domain

Marines are jacks-of-all-trades, masters of a few. They understand their weapons, their tactics, their battlefield environment – intimately. This expertise breeds confidence, which others pick up on.

Translate this to your world. Are you a mechanic? Master the most complex repairs. A coder? Become an architect of elegant, efficient systems. Whatever your field, dedicate yourself to becoming a top performer, someone others see as a reliable source of knowledge and skill. It’s a surefire way to earn respect from peers and superiors alike.

Here’s the actionable tip: Set a specific, measurable goal related to your chosen domain. It could be learning a new software program, mastering a specific technique, or passing a relevant certification. Put a timeline on it, hold yourself accountable, and watch your confidence – and respect – soar.

4. Lead by Example

Marines don't just bark orders. They're the first ones over the wall, the first ones up at dawn for PT, the ones setting the standard for the rest of the squad. They lead not with words, but with actions. This selfless dedication inspires others, fostering a sense of trust and respect.

Look around your own life. Are you the guy who complains about a messy gym but never cleans up after yourself? The one who talks a big game about getting in shape but never sets foot in the gym? Time to close the gap between talk and action.

Be the one who shows up early, puts in the hard work, and motivates others by your dedication. People respect those who walk the walk, not just talk the talk.

"We don't quit. We don't retreat. We overcome. That's the spirit of the Marines." - Chesty Puller

3. Own Your Mistakes

Marines aren't infallible. They screw up, just like everyone else. But the difference is, they take responsibility for their actions. There's no finger-pointing, no blaming others. They learn from their mistakes, adapt, and move on. This builds trust and respect because it shows honesty, integrity, and a willingness to grow.

In your own life, stop making excuses. Did you miss a deadline? Own it. Did you make a bad call? Acknowledge it, learn from it, and move forward. People respect those who have the courage to admit their faults and the strength to overcome them.

"Marines don't know the meaning of the word 'impossible.'" - Lt. General Lewis H. Burwell Jr., Vietnam War Veteran

2. Be Tough, But Fair

Marines are known for their grit, their ability to push through hardship. But they're also fair leaders. They understand that respect isn't earned through tyranny. It's earned through a balance of discipline and compassion.

This translates to all aspects of your life. Be the guy who can grind through a brutal workout, but also the one who encourages others struggling alongside you. Be the leader who sets high standards, but also the one who offers guidance and support. People respect those who are both strong and fair.

"No battle plan ever survives first contact with the enemy. That's the first rule of war." - Gen. Omar Bradley

1. Develop a Stoic Mindset

Marines face chaos, uncertainty, and pressure head-on. They don't crumble under the weight of adversity. They maintain a cool head and focus on the task at hand. This stoicism, this emotional control, commands respect because it demonstrates a level of mental fortitude most people lack.

Here's how you can cultivate that stoicism: Practice mindfulness meditation. Focus on controlling what you can control – your thoughts, actions, and reactions – and letting go of what you can't. When faced with challenges, take a deep breath, analyze the situation calmly, and then take decisive action. This emotional control will inspire respect from all those around you.

"Do not regret what you have done." - Miyamoto Musashi

Commanding Respect: A Lifelong Journey

Gentlemen, these are just a few tactics Marines use to command respect. The key takeaway? Respect isn't something given, it's earned. It's earned through dedication, competence, integrity, and a willingness to face challenges head-on.

By incorporating these principles into your daily life, you'll naturally develop the kind of character that commands respect wherever you go. Remember, becoming a man of respect is a lifelong journey, but with the right tools and mindset, you can achieve anything you set your mind to.

Thanks for stopping by, until next time.


Warrior Wellness Contributor, MME™

Leave a comment

Please note, comments must be approved before they are published