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Marine mascot Chesty XIV becomes an NCO

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Looks like America’s cuddliest Marine is getting a promotion.

The official Marine Barracks Washington Facebook page is announcing that Chesty XIV, an English bulldog who is the official mascot of the Marine Corps will pin on a second chevron Friday. That event will coincide with the weekly evening parade at 8th and I, a public demonstration of Marine Corps pomp and circumstance that typically includes a chance for Chesty to greet his adoring fans.

Screenshot from Marine Barracks Washington 8th & I Facebook page

Screenshot from Marine Barracks Washington 8th & I Facebook page

Chesty should remember to keep his nose clean, though.

His equally jowly predecessor, Sgt. Chesty XIII, once received a demotion for snapping at then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s dog, Bravo, during a parade event. Fortunately, he earned back his rank and retired honorably after a five-year career in 2013.

Like most Marine NCOs, Chesty XIV looks a bit aged by his tough Marine Corps service. For a look back at Chesty in his adorable puppy days, go  here and here and here.


  1. Jesse Gonzalez Says:
    August 27th, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    Have own One bulldog in my life my son a Marine also has a bulldog awesome dogs being a former Marine I love the USMC mascot. Semper fi

  2. Matt B Says:
    August 27th, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    Has he done Leading Marines yet?

  3. Perpetual, Echo3Actual Says:
    August 27th, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    Really? Isn’t this unrealistic unless we bust him down to PFC a few times prior to pinning on as NCO? Or are we going for the more dramatic Cpl to LCpl busting? Just curious.

  4. Doc Says:
    August 28th, 2014 at 10:49 am

    Look at those neck rolls. BCP standards are ignored as usual.

  5. Renee Egolf Says:
    August 28th, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    my father was a Marine colonel, God rest. I love the fact that only the toughest men on earth could love a face like that of Chesty. Congratulations on your promotion!

  6. Dan Moses Says:
    September 1st, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    I kept the official base mascot at Twentynine Stumps in the early 70s. She was an English bulldog and was a Sgt E-5. So, she out ranked Chesty. She was kind of irritable at times, but for the most part behaved in front of the General and Sergeant Major. Semper Fi

  7. Local Notable Promoted | NotionsCapital Says:
    September 7th, 2014 at 12:17 am

    […] U.S. Marine Corps mascot, was recently promoted to Corporal. Be sure to congratulate the handsome canine Non-Com when you see him strolling along Barracks […]

  8. mrl Says:
    September 9th, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    Dog pees on everything – but does not get busted in rank… Double-standard… of course – he is smarter than the 2 giving him the promotion.