WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Marines wear state-of-the-art equipment on the battlefield to avoid dangerous opposition. Commanders at Camp Lejeune have put protections in place to ensure the safety and well-being of the military men and women during their off-time here at home.
More than two dozen businesses are on an "Off Limits Establishments" list published by the Marine Corps base. Most are located around the Jacksonville area, close to Camp Lejeune. They include several auto repair businesses, convenience stores, and tobacco outlets.
"It should protect them by keeping them away from business practices that are unsafe to them, such as predatory lending, illegal substances or other business practices that could take advantage of them," said Col. Ian Ferguson, Command Inspector General at Camp Lejeune.
Four businesses on the list, as of June 2015, are located in the city limits of Wilmington, where many Marines come to spend time away from the base.
"Most of our force is between the 18-24 year old age, that's the demographic of your young Marine," said Col. Ian Ferguson, Command Inspector General at Camp Lejeune. "They're still figuring things out and making decisions for themselves. The use of the "off limits" list just assists them in making sound decisions."
Jon Evans uncovers what the Wilmington-area businesses did to be put on the list in his Special Report Off Limits: Banning Marines From Local Businesses, Wednesday night on WECT News at 11:00.