MIL MECEP vs Reserves.

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  1. MCDGexx

    MCDGexx Crazyquack

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    Ok i'm probably enlisting in September into the Corps. But i'm not positive if I want to do reserves for the four years, and get my degree. Or if I want to go Active, and apply for Mecep, or other Commisioning programs. What is the easiest and swiftest route to get commisioned while enlisted?
     
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    MCDGexx Crazyquack

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    Is it possible, if say I did reserves for four years and got my degree, to go to OCS? Or would I have to finish out the 2 years reserve?
     
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    MECEP is incredibly difficult to get accepted into, you compete with other Marines for selection and you're judged on everything from your PFT score to your SAT score, an overwhelming amount of Marines apply for only a handful of open slots. Also, I don't know how old you are but the maximum age that you can apply for MECEP is 26, and you must be at the very least a Corporal before you can apply, so count on at least ~4 years after you join before you're even eligible to apply and then ask yourself if that'll put you over the 26 year old age limit or not, and there are no guarantee's on how fast your MOS promotes, some Marines do 4 years and get out as a LCpl because they're in a very slow promoting MOS.
     
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    If you have the money and ablility to hurry and get your 4yr degree that will undoubtedly be the fastest way to a commission. The recruiter I talk to alot broke it down to me honestly, enlisting whether reserves or active will elongate the process for getting commissioned no matter what you do since everyone in the Corps is deploying so often reserves and AD alike. Right now Im runing out of money so most likely I will be shiiping to boot as a reservist once this semester is done. You should plan on missing at the very least one semester of school but realistically a yr worth unless you are going to boot in the very begining of the summer and get an MOS that has one of the shorter schools(remember MOS slots for reservists work diff than AD). There is a BUNCH of shit to take into account, believe me.
     
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    I'm 17 right now, will be 18 in a bit over a month. I have been in JROTC for all four years of high school, so i'll be atleast a PFC out of boot, Lance Corporal if I really try for it. What MOS's promote faster? I was thinking Infantry or Heli Crew Chief/Gunner. What kind of degrees do you need for a commission? Any Bachleor?
     
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    You won't be a LCpl out of boot camp, that is extremely rare... not even the honor grads get LCpl.

    As far as which MOS' promote faster or slower than others, it all depends on whether they're undermanned or overmanned and different MOS' have different cutting scores. An MOS that is promoting quickly right now could be in a freeze a year from now, it's impossible to know, but either way you shouldn't pick an MOS based on how quickly it promotes. If "basket weaver specialist" promotes quicker than something like infantry, are you going to become a basket weaver specialist over infantry? Of course not.
     
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    Rare, but possible. I think if you go in with JROTC, or stuff like that, its easier. But still really hard. How hard it to go to college while in the reserves? How much does reserves pay you for college?
     
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    You will not be a LCpl out of boot camp.
     
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    From what I've seen they dont "pay" for college. To get GI benefits you need to be active for a yr(ask EYOB about this). The only pay you get is the pay for drill (how much is dependent on the number of drill periods). There are several reservists that are in college in this forum they should have more insight for you than me.
     
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    kidhero not really a hero, really just a big fat phony

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    i'm gonna lay the smaketh down because the wannabes don't know:


    you want to be lance corporal out of boot?

    simple: go in as contract pfc, do your best to be honor guide and you leave as lance corporal. it's not hard, your chances are about 1 out of 360 recruits or so.

    want to get commissioned?

    simple: get your degree and then apply for OCS or go for MECEP or go for PLC.


    want to know what it's like to be a fucking marine?

    simple: enlist for 4 year as a 92-day marine reserve and the attend college for PLC. you won't need to attend MOS school or MCT and you won't even have to be at boot camp for the last week. upon completion of PLC you don't have to show up for reserve drill anymore and go straight to TBS and then your office mos school.


    how hard is it to go to college as a reserve?

    up to you. i have some trouble juggling all four facets of my life, marine career, work career, school career, and social life.


    how much money do you get?

    reserve (be it 92 day or special reserve) GI bill gives you 300 bucks a month up to 10,000 total. activation and deployment and VA status gives you more.

    MECEP gives you 1500 or so in scholarship money every month but then you owe 4 year active duty officer.

    straight PLC gives you some cash.
     
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    I thought the minimum commitment for the usmc reserves was 8 years?
     
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    No matter which branch you join and no matter what type of contract you sign be it active duty or reserve, your total commitment is a minimum of 8 years. 4 years active/reserve and then 6 years IRR, or if you go the 6/2 reserve route then 6 years active drilling reserve and then 2 years IRR.
     
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    thanks for the input guys, i'll probably go Active and go for MECEP, atleast if I don't make mecep i'll still have some fun in active.
     
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    kidhero not really a hero, really just a big fat phony

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    inside tip about being a marine: everything that you plan for, never happens.
     
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    Thats not just Marine Corps man, thats life :)
     
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    Thanks Accord. When you get out of boot you should volunteer at your recruiter's office. hehe
     
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    oh man looking back on this thread after doing over a year as a Corpsman :mamoru: So young and dumb.
     
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