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Semper Fi Themes

(Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction)

Themes in Semper Fi are similar to those in other Griffin novels. Loyalty is especially important, given especially the Marine Corps' tradition as an elite force. The theme of change — rapid and dramatic change — also runs through the novel, be it a readjustment in attitudes (such as the reevaluation of Japanese fighting ability after the Pearl Harbor attack), a change in weapons (Griffin spends considerable time discussing the differences between the Springfield and Garand rifles), a change in status (both McCoy and Master Gunnery Sergeant Jack Stecker are raised from noncommissioned to commissioned rank, and Stecker will be a Brigadier General six novels in the series later).