Thinking of joining the marines

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  1. Tar_River_kid

    Tar_River_kid New Member

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    Thinking of joining the marines



    Well Thursday I took the asvab test, should know my results tomorrow. If I join it will be on delayed enrollment ( until I graduate high school next year) I was just wondering if anyone hear is / was in the marines, if so do you ever regret? Im just not ready for the two story house, kids, and a wife. Im also not sure If I want to go to college so I think the marines might be good until I figure all that out. Well ill be glad to hear yallÂ’s opinions.

    Randy
     
  2. Phil Washburn

    Phil Washburn New Member

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    sounds like a good decision to me, Randy - not a darn thing wrong with being a jarhead:)
     

  3. ryang

    ryang Well-Known Member

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    Well Randy by my sig line I wasnt a Jar I mean Marine LOL, but I went into the Navy right after High school and had a blast. I wasnt ready for all that stuff either hell Im still not sometimes LOL. Youve got another year before your done with High School so you can still think it over. I was thinking of going Marines prior to going Navy the only thing that made me choose Navy was that my whole family is Navy.

    Dont take it lightly youll be put to your limits no matter what service you choose. Marines and Army youll get more physical if thats what your into Navy and Air Force I would say would be more mental type stimulation unless you go SEALS or PJ's where you would get both.

    Before you go tho remember you will be DEP so even tho youve signed up and taken the oath you still have to take it again dont let them try to screw you with going for a job that you dont want. If you score high on the ASVAB then your going to pretty much get your choice but make sure it is not "penciled" in. When they say they have the job for you make sure it is in your orders or dont take it.

    This did not happen to me by the way but alot of people go in a service and not know what to expect. If you need more info let me know and PM me.
     
  4. Whistler

    Whistler Well-Known Member

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    Joining the military can be a great thing. It's a big decision that's for sure. You say delayed entry? What grade are you in Randy? Will they delay for a whole year?
     
  5. Chris

    Chris New Member

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    Sent You a PM. I can give you the low down on all the jobs and make sure you get the job you want!

    Chris
     
  6. catsmith1

    catsmith1 New Member

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    I have alot of respect for those in the marines. I did not want to do that. I joined the Air Force because I grew up Air Force. If you want job skills for the real world when you get out make D@m sure you get a good job from the get go. A recruiter will tell you what ever it takes to get you in the door and your job may or not be there when you get thru with training.

    I am not knocking the marines but give all the branches a look before you sign anything.

    I'm proud of ya!
     
  7. Catbird

    Catbird New Member

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    Randy,
    I did four years active in the Corps with no regrets. Like Ryan said, be sure what is promised is in your contract. I scored high on the asvab and was promised Air Traffic Controller school. It even said it on my contract (well on the first page it did...lol). The second page said Annex A&B I think. At the time it ment that if ATC class was full, I would be an electician anywhere they needed me. Needless to say, I was a Electrical Tech. But still no regrets. I did the delayed entry program as well. It will knock off some of the inactive time from your contract. Had a great time and learned a lot. As far as the marines for college, I think all branches have to same programs. Be All That You Can Be....oh wait, I think that was the Army. Semper Fi!
     
  8. bluecatnut

    bluecatnut New Member

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    randy if i could rejoin the corps i would do it again i had a blast,u can make greatfriends while ur in the corps i still keep in contact with guys i was in with be sure to go on a west pac thailand beware lol
     
  9. Ulizth

    Ulizth New Member

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    After 14 years in the navy I have nothing but pure respect for anyone willing to volunteer. It is a real eye opener and I would highly recommend military for anyone coming out of high school. Good luck!
     
  10. Slimkat

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    Hi, Im Not In The Mariens, But My Grampa Was He Served In Veatnom. In The Mariens, And He Sed Thats The Best Thing He Ever Did. Even Though He Went To War, He Would Not Change A Thing Even Today.
     
  11. flathunter

    flathunter New Member

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    I respect your desision to fight for your country, good luck to you.
     
  12. suddawg

    suddawg New Member

    TA2D was a Marine for four years. His MOS was Motor T (which I believe he mainly worked on humvees and trucks.) My grandfather was in the Army Air Force and Air Force during Korea, so I followed his footsteps. Been in for almost 7 years.

    My AFSC (MOS for Army/Marines) is 3PO71 which is Security Forces. All our infantry training is pulled from Army field training manuals, along with my Military Police training. We deploy a lot in support of Army and Air Force. In fact I'm on my 5th deployment right now. Everything is joint now, and to really emphasize that, here's my situation here in Kuwait.

    My Air Force detachment is assigned to the Army, and running the Army camp here, which is inside of a Navy base. Literally every service is here from Navy, Army, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guardsman.

    It all comes down to what you want out of it. I know myself and most others would do the same thing if they had to do it all over again.

    SudDawg
     
  13. armynavy

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    I agree it was the best time of my life, I wanted marine heli pilot, but the army suckered me with a 4000.00 bonus so I got greedy and took that. But what ever branch you choose it will have its ups and downs, you will learn respect, push yourself farther then you ever thought you could and then the training really starts. So just take your time pick a job that you really want and then hold on for the best time of your life.

    Army Alumni
    Any one know a crooked doctor I want back in with all this military talk. LOL
     
  14. jtrew

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    Back when I was your age (stone age), all us guys were looking at mandatory service time, so it was more a matter of when than if you signed up (or got drafted). Many of the guys I went to high school with went in service right after graduating high school; a buddy went in the Marines after a couple of years college, then finished up after his active duty. It helped that they had a program where you could do 6 months active duty followed by 6 or 8 years of being a weekend warrior. He wanted a break from school, but also needed the GI bill to help pay his way through the rest of college. He knew why he was going in, and what he wanted out of the service. There are some extremely interesting jobs available...but they mean zilch once you get out. For instance, I once knew EVERYTHING about how a Titan II ICBM worked, including the warhead. When a specialist technician worked on the missile, part of my job was to sit in the control center with the schematics and follow along with his every action. My main job was to launch the bugger in case we ever went to war with the USSR. I picked that job before I ever went in, because I planned to stay in. Not too many corporations with their own fleet of missiles. I ended up getting RIF'd after Vietnam shut down, along with 30,000 other officers. There's not a thing in the world wrong with going in and learning to be one of those guys ghosting through the night to take out a target, so long as you fully realize that it won't prepare you for the real world. Again, there's nothing wrong with the Marines, they're a great service, but before you make a choice, decide what it is you want to achieve by serving a hitch, then look at which branch and job will best give you what you want.
     
  15. ryang

    ryang Well-Known Member

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    Jerry I would have to dissagree with you that it doesnt prepare you for the real world. There are jobs that dont have "real" world to follow thru with but with the dicipline that you get while doing your job will prepare you for "real" world jobs. Im a Retired Sonar Tech for example there are no Subs that Im going to be searching for as a Civilian but I have learned more about computers (old ones LOL) and the training that goes into learning them, if I had a degree I could be one of those guys that blasts dynomite to see if there is oil or water under the ground using "Sonar".

    Not saying your wrong on it but I think it was miss worded on that.
     
  16. suddawg

    suddawg New Member

    No matter what job you pick, you'll definately take with you the discipline, leadership, and hard work ethic to any civilian job. Not only that, you'll qualify for veteran's preference for many federal jobs. Plus the Montgomery GI Bill is one of the greatest investments you can possibly make.

    And of course, a retirement pension at 20+ years, is also possible.

    SudDawg
     
  17. jtrew

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    You're absolutely right about teaching discipline and how to work with others. That's worthwhile, no matter what kind of job you do in the military. I simply wanted to point out that the ads by the various services that lead one to believe your military job will provide training for a civilian job. A lot of them do, but not all of them. If a person knows what field he or she wants to eventually get into in civilian life, choosing a military job in that same field makes a lot more sense than choosing something totally unrelated. For example, if I had been entering the military just two or three years later, I would have chosen to work with computers. Unfortunately, when I was getting my schooling, computers hadn't really began to show their promise yet. It was adding machine and slide rule. Eventually, I was transferred into an area where I worked with on-board computers for Minuteman II ICBMs, then got a degree in computer science after I left the Air Force.
     
  18. AwShucks

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    The important part of your post was in the title where you stated "thinking". It is okay to THINK, but don't sign anything until you KNOW. You cannot say "oops" and get a replay. Things must have changed. I was an Army Recruiter for a while. The things I remember most vividly about that time was how the USAF and USN required a 4 year enlistment, and would only guarantee a career feild. The USMC guaranteed a rifle and sometimes a cot. And of course, the army. I was stationed at Altus, Oklahoma... a fairly large air force base nearby. I spent several hours each week explaining to the airment why they could not enlist in the army for three years until they finished the four years they signed up for. LOL. Those guys were sick. Oh, well, just make darn sure that it is what you are wanting. You need to find some crusty old fart to go the the recruiters with you on the day you sign up (if that's your choice). He will see to it that you don't get the old shaft without any lubricant.
     
  19. 01 Mudslinger

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    well im not a marine but ive been in the army for 3 years now and have 2 deployments to iraq. im gonna give you a different way to look at it. yes the military has many many benefits. and i dont believe i would change a thing about my time in the military either, not even the deployments because i must admit i did have alot of fun and made some really awesome friends. but after this year is up i will not be reenlisting for this one reason right here. may not seem important to some but to me it means everything. i am a country boy. i grew up deep in the country of VA and have hunted and fished all my life, camped in the woods and just the enjoyment of riding around on dirt roads and backroads enjoying the scenery. I do not have that luxery in the military. I absolutely hate city life, living in an apartment every where you go you have to fight crowds. Its just not how i like to live. so for me I just cannot wait to get back in the country where i belong. you can take the boy outta the country but you can never get the country outta the boy. haha. Just one more thing for ya to look at man. oh and my MOS is 88M truck driver. i drive tractor trailers here at Ft. Bragg, NC, my first deployment i drove tractor trailers and this last deployment i did convoy security where i drove humvees mounted with .50 cal machine gun. i gunned most of the time but we swapped back and forth on the long trips. It was a blast out there. LITERALLY.
     
  20. bmaultbay

    bmaultbay New Member

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    I am retired Army, as I am sure most members of this site are retired military as well, I respect your decision, and admire your choice. Just keep in mind, it is a way of life, you will meet some of the greatest people in this country has to offer, and make some close friends, and memories that no one can take from you. The friends will be with you for life. It is a great choice.