"The Marine Corps" calls them "civilian Marines", but the Marines don't. You and I both know the difference. Most of the civilian employees that made a big stink about being "civilian Marines" wouldn't survive three hours at PI.
And we obviously grew up in different locations, as I've never seen a "civilian Marine" in formation unless they were getting an award.
I'm glad you've had a different experience with DOD civilians. You obviously aren't as jaded as I am.
I've never worked for our Corps as a civilian and only know they do because I know of a few who worked at MC Systems Command and hated that they had to. And it's a marketing gimmick to call them that but they do. We all know we are PR masters.