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Any Marines on this board?

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussions' started by fatandred, Nov 23, 2004.

  1. fatandred

    fatandred Well-Known Member

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    I am serioulsy considering joining up. So share you nugget of wisdom.


    Thanks
     
  2. MikeE

    MikeE Well-Known Member

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    Hey fatandred, former Marine here. Served July of 97 to July of 2002. There's so much I could share with you about the whole experience (both good and bad) so I'll just throw a few things out there and feel free to send any questions my way.

    First DO NOT trust recruiters!!! They generally aren't such bad guys but they have a lot of pressure on them to fulfill their quotas and will do about anything to get you in. I've known many former recruiters and those who were successful went on to rapid promotions and successful careers. Those who were less than successful found themselves stuck with lousy duties and no promotions. So you can see why they would be enticed to lie. Not all are that way though, mine was very good.

    Second be very careful choosing an MOS. Do not go in open contract. Doing this is signing your @ss over to the government to do what they please with you. Pick something you like and do not sign the contract until you see it clearly stated in black and white.

    Have you taken the asvab yet?

    Do your best to pick something that will give you marketable skills when you get out. I was an Avionics Technician. Really liked what I did and now I have a dream job in a defense company. Take advantage of all educational opportunities offered (and there are many).

    It may be tempting to enlist in infantry to be "a real Marine" and all that crap but you will regret it. It's only a select few nut cases that find themselves happy in infantry. Also you won't find a job better than a security guard when you get out.

    The third big would be to not get married during your first enlistment. This is a trap! It sounds great, they give you a house and everything but I can't count how many Marines I knew who badly wanted to get out at the end of their enlistment but couldn't because they had lots of debt racked up and had children at a very young age and wouldn't be able to support a family. Soooo many of these young marriages end in disaster too.

    Man there's so much more. But those are my 3 big warnings from my experience.

    I don't regret for a moment enlisting, truly the best thing I could have done for myself. It's certainly not for everyone though. I also don't regret getting out.

    Like I said, feel free to ask any questions. :tu:
     
  3. J2kDarkSkies

    J2kDarkSkies Well-Known Member

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    I'm thinking of joining too, I'm definitely going to watch this thread like a hawk. I know corbint was a marine too.
     
  4. J2kDarkSkies

    J2kDarkSkies Well-Known Member

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    MikeE--What about Combat Engineer? is this a good field (in your experience)?
     
  5. MikeE

    MikeE Well-Known Member

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    I don't know much about that field, but I believe if you enjoy blowing stuff up it's a good one :)

    Sorry I can't tell you much more than that.

    I'll stress again the importance of acquiring marketable skills while you're in. I don't know either way if Combat Engineering is good for that.
     
  6. pixie

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    Not a Marine, but was active duty Navy so I though I'd chime in about serving in general. I totally agree with MikeE on acquiring marketable skills, that is why I choose Navy vs. Marine (this was a personal decision for the type of career I desired, I am NOT saying that the Navy has more marketable jobs than the Corps! Again, it was a personal decision for the type of career that I wanted).
    While military service is an amazing sacrifice for your country and can also be an amazing personal experience, it is also important if you are going to spend four or more years training and working towards something, it should be something you can and will want to continue successfully as a civilian.
     
  7. txitalian

    txitalian Well-Known Member

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    Excellent advice. I was in the Army, not the Marines and found out when my enlistment was up, that there just aren't very many jobs working with Patriot missiles :D

    Jason
     
  8. J2kDarkSkies

    J2kDarkSkies Well-Known Member

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    txt, pixie, and mikeE:

    Did either of you three go to college? did you do it while you were on active duty, before, or after? thanks.
     
  9. txitalian

    txitalian Well-Known Member

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    I went for a while before I was active duty and then finished up after I got out. Didn't have time to go while I was in, always in the field.

    Jason
     
  10. MikeE

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    I did some college while I was in. Not as much as I would have liked due to deployments.

    I took Electronics Management courses on base which were offered through Southern Illinois University. Classes were all day Sat. and Sun. every other weekend. Wasn't able to get a degree, but it was most definitely worth while. I think it played a big role in getting the job I have now (which is great!). I also took a couple miscellaneous courses while on a ship for 6 months. They were taught by officers who were certified to teach and all were college accredited.

    So you can look into opportunities like that. Most if not all bases offer courses. Or you can even go to a local community college depending where you're stationed and how much you deploy.

    Still working on my degree in Electrical Engineering. My company reimburses 100% and I still have G.I. Bill money to use. The best part is I will never have student loans to worry about :tu:
     
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    I took two classes while I was active duty, but it was really hard to juggle and I missed class quite a bit because of my job.
    When I got out I went straight to school full-time to get my bachelor's degrees.
     
  12. jmcalla

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    Former Marine here.

    MikeE thread is priceless.

    Get a skill that is marketable in the civilian world. Hey, you might stay in but you have something to fall back on.

    If you have the chance go to school, even if it is one class. When I was getting out they starting paying 100%. I was such a dumbass for not going.

    I learned so much about myself in the Marines. My strengths, my weakness and so on. I also learned about other people and there experiences. A really good time.
     
  13. fatandred

    fatandred Well-Known Member

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    You all have brought up education, I have a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin . If your thinking, "why is he going into the marines?" I don't know what to tell, its just something I have to do.

    I think I agree that Infantry isn't exactly job training but at the same time I don't want to be a clerk who signs out trucks in oklahoma. Also if I want to in the future I would like to pursue the Officer corps. I 'm am thinking Linguist , Aviation Crew Cheif, Nuclear Bio-Chem Specialist.

    Also looking at it as job training isn't a good viewpoint since there is stop-loss order that will likely continue well into the future

    i gotta go will get back soon
     

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