Meet R.M.A Spears
R.M.A. Spears retired from the US Marine Corps in 2009, having served 27 years in the Navy and Marine Corps. While serving in the US Navy, he contributed to the script for a movie that would go on to be An Officer and a Gentleman. His educational credits include a BS, MBA, OCS, AOCS, TBS, IOC, AWS, C&S, OIF, OEF, DUI, and a cavalcade of inglorious civilian occupations.
About R.M.A. Spears
O ne of the all-too-many evil truths of the world that NO ONE wants to hear, talk about or read is the twenty-six million adult men who were abused as children. R.M.A. Spears would have preferred to have nothing in common with them—or their 1.5- to 14-times greater likelihood to abuse alcohol, drugs and commit suicide. Though NO ONE wants to read about it, he went there anyway.
His debut novel’s a tragic love story of how one kid coped, fell in love with his high school sweetheart twenty years too late, who herself was a victim of sexual abuse in the military. This kid, this boy, dear to his heart, never quite fit in until he joined the military and would not feel redeemed until he was sacrificed in combat.
The draft for the book was started sixteen years ago, grew to four-hundred pages, was hacked up by three professional editors and cut in half over four revisions.
Admittedly, the closest R.M.A Spears came to writing, before he buckled down to write this novel, was Daily Intelligence Summaries on the ground, in Iraq.
His humor is as dry as the Mojave and as bitter as a persimmon. A devoted maso-chauvinist, who delights at rankling liberals and feminists. An avid reader, remodeler, real-estate investor – his only real occupation was as a United States Marine. It just took him longer than most, 31 years, to get an active-duty retirement.
A partial list of his failed civilian jobs include: Resident Assistant in college, bagger and checker at a grocery store, strawberry picker, groundskeeper for the Parks Department, clerk at convenience stores, a sniffer for a chemical company, lab technician, chemist, electrician, fulfillment database manager, stock broker, computer salesman and office manager, handyman and security-systems salesman. He eventually retired as a U.S. Marine with over 27 years of collective military service in 2009, when he vowed to never wear a tie again. He most enjoys wearing a black t-shirt that says "ANTISOCIAL-ist."
Ron served two tours in Iraq, the build-up and initial invasion in 2003, and the following year when he pissed off his commander for volunteering; but he had to be there when his son was deployed. He was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal, Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Commendation Medal and Combat Action Ribbon with one gold star in lieu of second award.
He’s a former Naval officer and an original interviewee for the movie An Officer and a Gentlemen." He served with the original "Mayo," "C-gar" and "Perryman" in the same AOCS classes.