The US Marine Corps has long used the phrase "Fewer Prouder" in their marketing materials. Their basic training is the longest and toughest of all the branches. It's an appropriate phrase. Female Marines have taken that phrase a step further and coined their own version: "Fewer Prouder Leaner Meaner".
The young woman pictured with this card is not actually a Marine, but she was heavily influenced by a female Marine, Cadre Brooks. Brooks worked for the Oregon Youth Challenge Program and helped many young women get their lives back in order through the rigorous environment offered to at risk youth in Oregon who have dropped out of high school and struggle to get moving in a healthier direction.
Many of the cards in the 2MyHero line have personal dedications on the back of the cards, and Fewer Prouder is one of those. It is dedicated to Cadre Brooks. I had the opportunity to meet her on a couple of occasions when I served as mentor for Cadet Barnes, the young woman you see in the photograph. Barnes was somewhat terrified of Brooks, but in the best sense. She had a great deal of respect for her, and understood that Brooks toughness was consistent with her desire to see all the cadets become disciplined not solely for the sake of discipline, but for their own personal benefit. Barnes completed the OYCP program, and thanks to the lean and mean style of Brooks and others, she has redirected her course. OYCP recently graduated their 55th class of cadets! They have an impressive record of helping Oregon's troubled teens.
2MyHero cards have been sold at the wholesale level for several years now. Our longest standing relationship is with a small retail store in Beaufort, South Carolina, near the Parris Island Recruit Depot - The Corps Store. It was the buyer there who asked us to create cards for the female recruits who come through Parris Island. Fewer Prouder and She believed were the first two cards we designed specifically for female Marines.
4th Battalion is exclusively female recruits. All women who are now or were previously enlisted Marines did basic training at Parris Island and graduation from the 4th Battalion.
2MyHero works hard to creatively reach beyond the typical imagery found on greeting cards for military. We want to express a depth of feeling and connection that will help bridge the gap between those of us who are civilians to the men and women we love who are or were at one time in military service.
It is our hope that when you give the Fewer Prouder card to a female Marine (young or old or somewhere in between) you will make a connection with them that lets them know you respect their hard work and determination. It's that kind of connection we hope every greeting card we create will inspire in both the giver and receiver of 2MyHero cards.
Fewer Prouder is perfectly appropriate to send a Marine at any stage of their career - graduation from basic training, upon promotion or even upon leaving or retiring from The Corps.
If you know a young man or woman heading off to boot camp at Parris Island or San Diego, you'll want to purchase one of the six packs so you can encourage them at every stage - during bootcamp, at graduation and depending on how often you write them at boot camp, you may have one or two left over to send after graduation on their first assignment. All six packs include one card to give to a Drill Instructor. All six packs and eight packs of Thank You cards are also available on Amazon.
Maybe you know, or are a Marine who is way beyond boot camp in terms of their military career. You will find our packs of Thank You cards (blank inside) very useful! 2MyHero wants to help you build bridges of appreciation also.
We've learned that military members are very loyal to their branch of service. Especially US Marines! With the exception of our Gold Star sympathy cards, all of our cards are licensed. That means we have signed agreements with each branch. All designs have been approved through the trademark offices to bear branch specific trademarks, logos and wording. If you want to know more about the details of our license agreements, click HERE.
Let us know about your experience giving a 2MyHero greeting card to your military loved one. Comment below, leave a rating if you purchase through Amazon or Contact us and tell us how the card made you or them feel. We welcome your comments!