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Terminal Lance

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Genre: Mature
Date Added: 20 June 2014
Last Update: 20 June 2014
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Disclaimer: Terminal Lance is in no way sponsored nor endorsed by the United States Marine Corps or any other branch of the US Armed Services. All opinions and properties belong solely to the creator and no one else.

The Comic

Terminal Lance is a comic created by myself, Lance Corporal Maximilian Uriarte, USMC. The idea behind Terminal Lance is to poke fun at the Marine Corps with an emphasis on the grunt Lance Corporalís point of view. As an 0351, this is a point of view Iím very familiar with.

While Terminal Lance has featured a few unnamed recurring characters, the two main protagonists of the series are Abe and Garcia.

Abe and Garcia

Abe is dark haired and has been the central character since the first strip. Garcia made his first appearance in Terminal Lance #93 ďPOGís Impressing the GruntsĒ. Abe and Garcia met shortly after entering the fleet. Abe is an 0351 Assaultman, and has been a Lance Corporal for what seems like as long as he can remember. While Garcia is actually an 0331 Machinegunner, he was moved to the Assault section when he arrived in the fleet due to ĎGunsí being overfilled.

Abeís actual name is Lance Corporal Abraham Belatzeko, but when he arrived in the fleet, his name was found too hard to pronounce by his seniors. When asked his first name, he replied, ďAbeĒ, and his seniors gave him the nickname of his own name. He is largely know throughout the company as simply ďAbeĒĖpeople as high up as the Company First Sergeant have given up on using his last name.

Lance Corporal Garciaís last name is Garcia. He is known throughout the company as Garcia.

Abe is notably more disgruntled than Garcia. Garcia is the kind of guy that goes along with whatever is in front of him. He sees the bullshit and it occasionally pisses him off, but he regards it as a reality of the Marine Corps. Garcia comes from a very poor background, and to him the Marine Corps was a way out of poverty. Abe is primarily from a lower-middle class background on the west coast, the Marine Corps may or may not have been the best choice for him, but with a high GT score and other talents to claim, he counts the days til his EAS to move on to something greater. Abe realizes heís probably going to be a Terminal Lance, and is proud.

The Creator

Terminal Lance Corporal Max 2010

My name is Max, I was an 0351 Assaultman stationed in Hawaii. Iíve been to Iraq twice, first as a turret gunner of an MRAP in 2007-2008 in the Zaidon region. My second deployment in 2009, my artistic talents brought me to the world of Combat Art and Combat Photography. I worked with our ComCam shop for the entire deployment and got to travel all over Iraq shooting photos and sketching Marines at work. Aside from that, in my 4 years in the Corps Iíve been a SMAW Gunner, Team Leader, Squad Leader, .50Cal Gunner, Combat Photographer, and a Combat Artist.

I have since moved on, I EASíd in May of 2010 and am currently residing in the San Francisco Bay Area. I recently received my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Animation at the California College of the Arts in Oakland and am seeking to make a career out of animating and storyboarding.

The Namesake

The term ďTerminal LanceĒ comes from a phenomena common to the Marine Corps infantry: the inability to pick up Corporal, sometimes due to a number of thingsĖsometimes not. In my case, as an 0351, my MOSí cutting score is beyond ridiculous when itís not closed. In the mid-to-upper 1700′s, someone like me who has done a number of noteworthy jobs and never been in any kind of NJP (Non-Judicial Punishment) situations, itís just a matter of cutting score.

For those of you who donít know what a cutting score is, itís a broken system of numbers that the Marine Corps uses to promote people. Itís a value based on your physical performance, rifle score and other factors like time in service. Outside of the infantry, people are usually promoted around 1500. The score to promotion is determined by the number of active corporals in relation to the MOS. i.e.: you can only have so many corporals per MOS.

The Project

This project has been a long time in the making. I thought of the concept a couple of years ago but hadnít had a chance to sit down and do it until now.

I hope the Marines reading this appreciate the humor and where Iím coming from. If youíre not a Marine and youíre still reading this, good job! Most of the terminology in this comic is derived from the Marine Corps, so good luck deciphering it.

Comic updates are scheduled for Tuesdays and Fridays.

Current synopsis by: c_arnold

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