1. Post #1
    Don't Worry, I'm a Marine
    UncleJimmema's Avatar
    October 2005
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    Being a Member of The Marine Corps for about a year now I've got a decent amount of experiance as junior enlisted, wich anyone thinking about going through the enlisted rought will have to deal with. I've been getting alot of PMs about it and figured it would be a good idea to start a thread on it. While I've never been deployed I know there are members on here who have so they should be able to help in that aspect.

    People in other branches feel free to comment on your experiances as well!

    If anyone has furthur questions reguarding the Airforce please feel free to PM JeffAnderson - http://www.facepunch.com/members/159897-JeffAndersen

    Any Questions on the Navy PM Ta16 - http://www.facepunch.com/members/4187-Ta16

    Questions refering to pay look here - http://www.militaryfactory.com/military_pay_scale.asp
    These do not incorporate BAS or BAH, which vary by rank and where you are stationed.
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  2. Post #2
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    What's your MOS and how much was your sign bonus?
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  3. Post #3
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    June 2010
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    How are gays treated in the military?
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  4. Post #4
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    September 2010
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    Well, not in the USA, but I figure militaries are organises similar in almost all countries, so yeah.

    I thought about being an officer (getting to college while paid and shit, family tradition, stuff like that)

    I don't really want a desk job, so, from your experience, are officers also on the field?

    I hope you can awnser this, if not, eh.

    Anyway, stay safe :buddy:
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  5. Post #5
    skynrdfan3's Avatar
    June 2010
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    plz tell my frend how relaistic mw2 is. he is stupidd and wont lisen to me
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  6. Post #6
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    What base are you at and what is it like?
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  7. Post #7
    CabooseRvB's Avatar
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    Being a Member of The Marine Corps for about a year now I've got a decent amount of experiance as junior enlisted, wich anyone thinking about going through the enlisted rought will have to deal with. I've been getting alot of PMs about it and figured it would be a good idea to start a thread on it. While I've never been deployed I know there are members on here who have so they should be able to help in that aspect. So fire away!
    What is your MOS?

    What are your PT stats?

    What base you currently stationed in?

    At what times is it appropriate to wear the Marine Dress Uniform?


    What's your MOS and how much was your sign bonus?
    The government cut back on a lot of bonuses for the National Guard, chances are, the Marines also have little to no incentives.
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  8. Post #8
    Don't Worry, I'm a Marine
    UncleJimmema's Avatar
    October 2005
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    What's your MOS and how much was your sign bonus?
    I'm currently an 8972 Aircrew trainee whose training to become a 6174 Helicopter Crew Chief. The training takes almost 2 years.

    How are gays treated in the military?
    From what I've seen they're viewed poorly. Lots of homophobia and derogitory statements. I know people who are gay, but they'll probably never say it.

    Well, not in the USA, but I figure militaries are organises similar in almost all countries, so yeah.

    I thought about being an officer (getting to college while paid and shit, family tradition, stuff like that)

    I don't really want a desk job, so, from your experience, are officers also on the field?

    I hope you can awnser this, if not, eh.

    Anyway, stay safe :buddy:
    I know in the marine corps all officers are trained to be infantry platoon commanders, so any of them can be in the field with the grunts. Typically the ground officers find themselves in the field most often. They'll be right in the thick of it with the grunts in the battlefield.
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  9. Post #9
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    Well, not in the USA, but I figure militaries are organises similar in almost all countries, so yeah.

    I thought about being an officer (getting to college while paid and shit, family tradition, stuff like that)

    I don't really want a desk job, so, from your experience, are officers also on the field?

    I hope you can awnser this, if not, eh.

    Anyway, stay safe :buddy:
    There are many different jobs for officers, you can't really generalize it like that.

    Platoon leaders are generally First Lieutenants, which means you'd be in charge of a large number of people, it's very difficult job. Depending on your assignment you could see combat, but you'll probably be far too busy to fire your weapon.

    Being an officer is a huge responsibility, regardless of your actual assignment though.

    Edit:

    I don't mean to hijack your thread, Jimmema, let me know if want it to yourself, I understand.
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  10. Post #10
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    June 2010
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    are people your stationed with actually like "aw man cant wait 2 kill some terrorists man im fookin dyin to get out there and lite em up"
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  11. Post #11
    Don't Worry, I'm a Marine
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    October 2005
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    What are your PT stats?

    What base you currently stationed in?
    I have a PFT score of 280, which translates to 100 crunches (i got 174, but they dont count after 100), 20 pull ups, and a 3 mile run time of 21:20. That was my last PFT, right now I probably wont do so hot because I've got kidney issues that prevent me from PTing.

    I'm currently station at NAS Pensacola. It's a very nice base, lots of activities and beautiful beaches.

    are people your stationed with actually like "aw man cant wait 2 kill some terrorists man im fookin dyin to get out there and lite em up"
    No, not the guys who've been here awhile. Being in the airwing most folks aren't expected to see straight up combat unless they get assigned to a provisional rifle squad, but since half of the MOS's here can't be deployed as such since they're too valuable on deployments they can expect to spend most of their time behind the wire.

    plz tell my frend how relaistic mw2 is. he is stupidd and wont lisen to me
    The only thing that was like MW2 was using night vision with an IR laser, but unlike MW2 it doesn't show up as a solid beam unless there is a lot of smoke or fog.
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  12. Post #12
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    December 2010
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    damnit johnny you're making me want to do an enlistment term in the corps now
    shit.
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  13. Post #13
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    September 2010
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    Thanks for answering :buddy:
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  14. Post #14
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    September 2009
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    There are many different jobs for officers, you can't really generalize it like that.

    Platoon leaders are generally First Lieutenants, which means you'd be in charge of a large number of people, it's very difficult job. Depending on your assignment you could see combat, but you'll probably be far too busy to fire your weapon.

    Being an officer is a huge responsibility, regardless of your actual assignment though.
    Technically, the Sergeant Majors/First Sergeants look after the platoon for new, oncoming Lieutenants, they usually act as a median between officers and the enlisted.
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  15. Post #15
    Jemminaag's Avatar
    December 2010
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    also next time i go to florida i gotta visit you because when we do the area we go to is pretty much right around pensacola / ft. walton
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    are people your stationed with actually like "aw man cant wait 2 kill some terrorists man im fookin dyin to get out there and lite em up"
    The result of someone trying too hard...
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  17. Post #17
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    September 2009
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    Also, did you train at Cample Pendleton, or at Parris Island?

    Were you fit for the PFT before being introduced into Boot Camp?

    Did going through Boot Camp significantly improve your first-time scores?
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  18. Post #18
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    How difficult would you think it'd be to go to a military academy? I'd like to go through the officer program at the USAFA in Colorado Springs, but I'm not entirely clear on what they teach there and how stringent the requirements are, even after looking at it.
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  19. Post #19
    Don't Worry, I'm a Marine
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    October 2005
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    also next time i go to florida i gotta visit you because when we do the area we go to is pretty much right around pensacola / ft. walton
    How do you know mah name?!

    But yeah, USMC is the way to go in my opinion :P But you will get shafted the most out of all the branches when it comes to pretty much everything.
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  20. Post #20
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    How do you know mah name?!

    But yeah, USMC is the way to go in my opinion :P But you will get shafted the most out of all the branches when it comes to pretty much everything.
    It usually depends on what you're aiming for career-wise.

    Even though I'm enlisting for the Guard, my uncle still wants to go for something low-stress like the Coast Guard/Navy/AF.

    Those branches usually cater well for 25B
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  21. Post #21
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    how do you guys feel about fighting an unjust war against poor kids
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  22. Post #22
    Don't Worry, I'm a Marine
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    October 2005
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    Also, did you train at Cample Pendleton, or at Parris Island?

    Were you fit for the PFT before being introduced into Boot Camp?

    Did going through Boot Camp significantly improve your first-time scores?
    I trained at MCRD sand diego, which part of it was at camp pendalton.

    I was more than fit enough to get a 1st class PFT score prior to going to boot, partially because of the DEP program and partially because I've got a naturally high metabolism

    My pull ups went up the most, I went from 11 to 20. My run time stayed the same, my crunches went up but it didn't matter because I was already getting over 100.

    How difficult would you think it'd be to go to a military academy? I'd like to go through the officer program at the USAFA in Colorado Springs, but I'm not entirely clear on what they teach there and how stringent the requirements are, even after looking at it.
    I couldn't tell you much on the airforce cademy, but I know the Naval Academy and Westpoint are pretty strict for freashmen. First off you need to have a reccomendation from a state representative to attend and you pretty much need to have had better than B avarage in highschool. While in school your liberties will expand as you progress. You need to maintain at least a B avarage throughout your whole school career, and you will attened OCS in the summers between freshmen-sohomore and sophomore-juniot years. A good place to read up on that is wikipedia. I would assume the airforce academy would be similar.

    how do you guys feel about fighting an unjust war against poor kids
    I feel indeferent on it. We do a job, we do whats asked of us. We may not like it, but we do it because we have to.
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  23. Post #23
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    October 2009
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    What are the differences in pay rate between a regular enlisted member and an auditioned USMC Band member? I was considering in joining the band.

    And do I need to join any kind of ROTC group prior to enlistment?
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    How's your buzz cut?
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    Well, I definitely meet the grade requirements, but I'm going to be a junior this year so it looks like I'm already screwed when it comes to that.
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  26. Post #26
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    And do I need to join any kind of ROTC group prior to enlistment?
    If you're enlisting, that means you'll be starting out as a private when you sign that contract. Usually if you're jumping onto the ROTC-boat, you'll sign another contract that would null the one you signed when you enlisted.

    Edited:

    Well, I definitely meet the grade requirements, but I'm going to be a junior this year so it looks like I'm already screwed when it comes to that.
    You can enlist at 17 and certain branches have certain programs that allow you guys to train over the summer and get fit for basic training by the time you finish your senior year. The National Guard has the Recruitment Sustainment Program, depending on what state you're in they may have you for weekends to drill from Saturday to Sunday. The two-day drill pay for E-1s start at ~200 USD.
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  27. Post #27
    My dad is a Chief in the air force. Good to see a Military guy on here. Keep it up because the benefits are AMAZING!
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  28. Post #28
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    I plan on joining the USMC when I turn 18 (about a year) and I had a few questions:

    1. What do you need to do to be prepared for the Marines?

    2. Would having pectus excavatum be disqualifying?

    3. Is it worth it?

    4. Would an online homeschool high school diploma not work, or does it not matter?
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  29. Post #29
    Don't Worry, I'm a Marine
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    What are the differences in pay rate between a regular enlisted member and an auditioned USMC Band member? I was considering in joining the band.

    And do I need to join any kind of ROTC group prior to enlistment?
    I think band members may get a special band pay, which at most would be an extra $100-$150 a month added to your base pay. The big thing for band guys is that they pretty much get promoted for time in grade up till gunnery sergeant rather than lcpl. Normally once you hit lcpl you need to have a certain composit score based on a number of factors which will determine when and if you get promoted to cpl, but in the band its all based on time in service/rank.

    You don't need JROTC, but it will get you promoted to PFC/E-2 right of the bat, putting you 6 months ahead of whoever startes as a Pvt.
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  30. Post #30
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    If you're enlisting, that means you'll be starting out as a private when you sign that contract. Usually if you're jumping onto the ROTC-boat, you'll sign another contract that would null the one you signed when you enlisted.
    -snip-

    Answered above, thanks!
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  31. Post #31
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    June 2010
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    assuming you were in a long line to get your buzz cut, were there any guys who had really long hair who were freaking out about getting it all cut off? i know some guys like that.
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    September 2009
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    I mean in pertaining to joining the USMC band, is it recommended that I take ROTC?
    If you do want to take ROTC, it's really recommended that you start out a year as an enlisted rank. I'm following the same path my Uncle took, and it's certainly worth it.
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    BrQ
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    what's your kdr
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  34. Post #34
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    Why did you even join the military?
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  35. Post #35
    Don't Worry, I'm a Marine
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    October 2005
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    How's your buzz cut?
    I usually get a medium reg myself

    I plan on joining the USMC when I turn 18 (about a year) and I had a few questions:

    1. What do you need to do to be prepared for the Marines?

    2. Would having pectus excavatum be disqualifying?

    3. Is it worth it?
    1. A strong will to not give up. That's really all you need. it doesn't matter how prepared/unprepared you are when you go to boot, as long as you push through and give it your all you'll make a fine marine.

    2. It could be, though I've seen guys with the opposite (which the chest sticks out) being in no problem. Talk to your recruiter about it, I think it would be fine.

    3. Yes

    assuming you were in a long line to get your buzz cut, were there any guys who had really long hair who were freaking out about getting it all cut off? i know some guys like that.
    The night we got off the bus I didn't see any. We were all in serious mode, I liked it when I got all my hair shaved off.

    Why did you even join the military?
    Ever since I was little I wanted to join, I can't really explain why. If you need justifiable reasons It would be a sense of honor, the tight bond we all share, the sense of pride of being a marine. And of course all dem benefits.
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  36. Post #36
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    A lot of MOS's require normal color-vision and other certain physical pre-requisites, usually you can get a waiver for minimal things like red-green color blindness for IT specialist. Talk to the recruiter about it.
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  37. Post #37
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    October 2009
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    Argh, I've got Red-Green color blindness. How often does the Band go overseas? I know that band members get some training in gun usage.
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  38. Post #38
    Jemminaag's Avatar
    December 2010
    678 Posts
    How do you know mah name?!

    But yeah, USMC is the way to go in my opinion :P But you will get shafted the most out of all the branches when it comes to pretty much everything.
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  39. Post #39
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    I read a few testimonials about the academies, and they sound rough.

    Now I feel incredibly intimidated, how did you manage to make it through all that?
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  40. Post #40
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    How tough is it to get in?
    To word that better, How fit do you have to be? What are the challenges assigned?

    In Ireland you gotta cover 7 kilometres in an hour in gear (I think) as a base requirement but it's not like the Irish Army would be fighting anyone.
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