Always a Marine: The Return to Civvy Street

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Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions 2. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Always a Marine , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Mar 02, Ade Bailey rated it it was amazing Shelves: biography-autobiography. I read this immediately after reading the first, companion book, 'Amongst the Marines'.

Both are best thought of as two volumes of one book. The prose is startlingly simple, a clear account of a young man's entry from a none-too-perfect childhood into the marines, then onto the difficult adjustments as he matures and develops a life in civilian worlds.

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Extreme in its depiction of violence as a way of life, fuelled by alcohol more often than not, the extreme swings of emotion are violent too. F I read this immediately after reading the first, companion book, 'Amongst the Marines'.

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From almost automatic fullness of flowing with a tremendously vital spirit of living to suicidal despair, from intense joy to self-reproach, most of the harm that came to the writer was self-inflicted. Fascinating in itself for an insight into the 'untold story' of the off-duty life of a section of the elite marine soldiers, what made it most potent for me is less to do with the brutal depiction of a soldierly mindset and culture that is foreign to me than that the overarching journey of a human life is something which deep down I recognised.

The process of maturing to what is variously called actualisation or self-realisation, integration etc is a universal one. So the settling of a violence and chaos - ultimately, a deep loneliness and bewilderment - into love and a growing awareness of the spiritual life at the core of our existence makes this an honest revelation of our shared condition. If all this sounds a bit too heavy, I should add that is very moving at times. And often very, very funny! View 2 comments.

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Nov 26, Paulm rated it it was amazing. Just finished this book, read it straight off the back of Amongst Marines which I thought was great and this book did not disappoint. Steven details his struggle to make the transition from Marine to Civilian and takes you on the journey through all the problems and struggles to his acceptance that he had to put closure on his Marine days to get on with life as a civilian, great writing.

I wrote this book as a sequal to my first book, "Amongst The Marines. During my service I led a very excessive and violent lifestyle and undoubtedly changing back into an ordinary every day citizen was never going to be easy for me. When I walked out of the Main gate for the last time I was still mentally a soldier and being one wasn't something I could just switch off. Through 13 years I travelled all over the wo I wrote this book as a sequal to my first book, "Amongst The Marines.

Through 13 years I travelled all over the world and experienced many difficult and challenging situations. The aggression I learnt as a serviceman was acceptable in the military but understandibly not in civvy street and unfortunatley I needed to learn to control this.

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Eventually though I ended up in the world of the ninjas who view aggression as a sign of weakness and undoubtedly helped me to put a very violent past behind me. In truth, my wife won't read my first book Amongst The Marines as she didn't know me during those years and in her eyes its not the husband she married some years later. She does feature in my second book and truly I believe she is the real hero of my story and not I. Best Regards Steven Preece Apr 18, Mary Louise rated it it was amazing.

This book is shocking in places, but the author does a good job of showing how impulsively violent he became, and his struggle to change. It is a timely memoir, nailing the problem right on the head: the military turns men into killing machines, insecure and immature young men become violent, kill or be killed becomes their mantra. After the military uses them for war, soldiers are sent back into society, where they are expected to be emotionally equipped, even socialized. We are living this pro This book is shocking in places, but the author does a good job of showing how impulsively violent he became, and his struggle to change.

We are living this problem every day in America, but curiously most of the memoirs written by our soldiers are not half as honest about the problem as Preece is. In that case, this book is more courageous and honest than most I have read. Things eventually turnaround for Preece, the threads which keep the reader hopeful are his rigorous honesty about his problem, and his love for his wife and child.

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The real stroke of brilliance here is when he "reclaims his body" by learning the martial arts. There's no cheesy Steven Sigal-like move here. Instead the author realizes that he must make peace with and work against the fight or flight mechanizism that drives his pain. It made me want to start my Tai Chi classes again!

View all 3 comments. May 21, Marsha rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: memoir readers. This continuous search for employment happens to me in the legal field, where I work as a legal secretary. Steve had to learn to tolerant some of the fools that he has worked with too. I can relate to that too! Steve sounds like he was a good worker and kept trying to advance in his career by learning more and trying to be very helpful to his employers.

He did, however, have to learn to curve his temperament, which he shows in his first book got completely out-of-control. He missed being a Marine and it took him a long time to get over that and adjust to his life as a civilian. He got married and had two boys. I like his smooth writing. I think the writing is excellent and Steve held my interest throughout.

Steve says that he is now working on a novel and hoping to get that published some day. I look forward to that. Steven supports his family by working in the tech field. However, he should always keep up on his writing as well. Oct 31, Karen rated it really liked it. Still finishing off this book. Dec 10, Jennie Cameron rated it it was ok. Stupid man. Paul Coffield rated it really liked it Oct 01, Sort us out? You and whose army? Christmas cheer. Christmas gifts. When reintegrated into the school their attitude to learning, while not on a par with Einstein, was nevertheless sufficiently positive that they began to acquire a basic education.

This had come about thanks not to highly trained educational psychologists but because a bunch of former Regular and Territorial Service people had cross-applied the skills that they had acquired in the Armed Forces. That experience, for me, defines what SkillForce has become. In the aftermath of the costly campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan, there is a sizeable cohort of young people who might have thought that the best part of their working lives would be in the military, but the circumstances of the battlefield have dictated otherwise. Whether injured by physical or psychiatric wounds, they want to continue to apply what they have gained from their military experience to everyday life around them.

The nature of their injuries means that further service in the Armed Forces is not an option, but they still want to contribute what they have acquired. It is this spirit that is at the heart of SkillForce. It is often said that you can take someone out of the Army or, equally, the Navy or the Air Force but you cannot take the Army out of them. That spirit remains. The Government has come to understand the unique spirit that inhabits those who are serving, or who have served, in the Armed Forces.