Dear Ms. Vicki,
We have had several issues, and I believe that my husband is unfaithful to me. He swears that he is not.
I think I know the answer to my question, but felt after 20 years together he at least deserves for me to ask before I walk away.
So, have you ever heard of the Corps mandatorily handing out condoms to its troops?
-- Just Wondering
I asked several Marines in leadership positions about this question. They all said it is not written in any rulebook that Marines have to carry a condom while deployed. It is not mandatory.
However, these leaders did advise that perhaps his gunnery sergeant, first sergeant or commander gives guidance to the Marines in formation as a "sidebar" or "sideline" coaching. The unit may have been told to carry condoms and avoid venereal diseases and unwanted pregnancies.
I think the important thing here is that you suspect he isn't telling the truth. After 20 years together, it would be helpful for you to sit down with a counselor. If your husband won't go with you, go on your own.
So again, while carrying a condom is good advice that may have been given to a unit, it is not mandatory for Marines. Please let me know how everything turns out, OK?
-- Ms. Vicki