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Rebecca Forgash

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781501750403

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501750403.001.0001

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The Marine Corps Marriage Package

The Marine Corps Marriage Package

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(p.108) 4 The Marine Corps Marriage Package
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Intimacy across the Fencelines
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Rebecca Forgash

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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501750403.003.0005

This chapter examines the complex procedures known as the “marriage package.” It explains that during the early 2000s, marriage package procedures were required by U.S. Marine Corps headquarters in Washington as the only legitimate means for marines and navy corpsmen to legalize a marriage in Japan. The process has been streamlined in recent years but it remains an instructive and relevant ethnographic example for understanding the nature of U.S. military and Japanese and U.S. government regulation of intimate relationships. The chapter focuses on institutional representations of marriage and family found in official documents and the mandatory premarital seminar. It analyzes the impact of institutional discourses on service members' expressions of military affinity and affiliation and the voices of Okinawan spouses as they articulated subject positions markedly different from their feminist counterparts in the antibase movement.

Keywords:   marriage package, U.S. Marine Corps, intimate relationships, premarital seminar, military affinity, antibase movement, legal marriage, Japan, U.S. military

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