MIL ok this is my last thread for questions about the Marines

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  1. Casino

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    I know I've made many many threads about Marines, but this is the last thread I will make about this. I just need to get together all the information so when I break the news to my parents I'm prepared. I'm going to enlist when I get back to school in Philly. I'm just asking for your answers and that is all. I will add more questions as I think of it.

    1)Since it's the reserves, I would do basic this summer then next all next summer do training for my MOS. Every summer after that I spend 2 weeks training right?

    2) If I decided to become an officer, would I do that training during the summer after my MOS training?

    3) When is the earliest I would be deployable? I heard it's not until after I completed my MOS training.

    4) If my unit is in Philly, what would I do about drill when I'm home in MD for break? Would I have to drive to Philly 1 weekend a month or is there some kind of exception?

    5) After all the movies you've seen and everything on the news, how do you explain in words that you are willing to risk your life like that? My parents ask why take an unnecessary risk. I want to do it because I want to serve my country, for the training, experience, and discipline, because for my career I want a job in law enforcement. But that still won't convince them. It's hard to explain in words why I want to do it, it's just a feeling. What is something I could say so they would better understand why I'm taking this "unnecessary risk" They are completely 100% against the military and cry at the thought of it. I tried joining when I was 17 but they wouldn't sign the papers.

    6)I want to enlist in mid January and go to boot in the beginning of May. When I sign up to do that, what is the process like. When I sign up for it when I first get back to school, what kind of papers will I be filling out? Will I be doing any physical tests when I first sign up, or does that wait until I'm about to be shipped to boot? When is MEPS?

    7) During the time between basic and MOS training, what will I be doing? Will I still be training with a unit one weekend a month even though I haven't finished my training yet?
     
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  2. spook

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    1. Yes
    2. I don't think so, you should go on to the PLC program
    3. I don't know, I'm doing it all at once (Basic, MCT, MOS)
    4. I would say hell no to the exception.
    5. I was in the same position, just make the call for yourself. They'll be glad for you eventually.
     
  3. IwishIhadaVR

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    I joined the USMC Nov. 17, 2006. Joined the DEP program. Set to leave bootcamp for July 16, 2007. 5 days prior to shipping out, my friend flipped his exploder with me in it. Hit a puddle on the highway and hydroplanned. I went through the windsheild, and got pretty messed up. So needless to say, I couldn't go anymore. So I'm not a marine. But..


    5: I feel the same way. You can't describe what it is, it's just something that you feel you need to do. Luckily, my parents supported it. They didnt want me too, but knew they had no choice, considering I've wanted to be a marine since I was 8.

    6: Basically, you will just be filling out paperwork, stuff like background checks, drug questionaires, crap like that. You will have to undergo some testing, like the ASVAB (I got a 94) drug tests, blood tests, sight and hearing. You won't have to do any physical tests yet, that's what the recruiters are there for. About every month you will take a IST (initial strength test) Which is just basically running a mile and a half, crunches and pull-ups. You will go to MEPS when you sign your contract (Which you will sign there, under the supervision of a marine) You will be sworn into the DEP there too. You will also be shipped out from MEPS to bootcamp.

    Good luck!
     
  4. Casino

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    How long are Marine deployments? Are they 15 months like the Army?

    I want to be a rifleman in the infantry, thoughts on that?
     
  5. Casino

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    I don't know if this is true or not, but I heard for the reserves when you are deployed, you first are shipped somewhere in the USA where you train for a month or 2 full time, then you are deployed overseas. Is that true?

    If I want to be an officer, I want to experience what it's like to be enlisted first, by that I mean I want to go through boot camp and all the basic stuff. If i do the PLC program, do I still get to do all the basic shit?
     
  6. Insdav3

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    My reserve battalion went to cali from april-august then deployed to iraq until april the next year....so you could basically say 12 month deployment with like 7 or 8 in iraq
     
  7. nsxrebel

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    It depends on you unit I suppose. When I went back in 04, I was there 7 months, and came home only because I was gonna EAS. Others stayed longer. Some where there half as long as me, we had people come and rotate with them. I have a friend that left this October, he'll be gone for a year.
     
  8. Casino

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    Is it possible to get OCS built into my contract so that the first summer I go to boot, next summer I go to MOS training, then the next summer is OCS? If that happened, would I be deployable after the 2nd summer and before the 3rd summer (OCS)? I'm just wondering because what if I'm deployed then I'm not home for summer for OCS? I have no problem with deploying, I'm just wondering.
     
  9. ElCidKid

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    every marine is a rifleman.

    if you ultimate goal is to be comissioned look into PLC
     
  10. Casino

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    I was looking at jobs online and the site said one job in the infantry is rifleman.

    If I do PLC and I specify that I want to be an infantry officer, will I be able to be that or will it be like the Army and they place me wherever they need me? I read that PLC is 2 six week courses. After I graduate (and after I do the 2 six week courses), will I be doing boot camp? I'm asking because I want to go through boot camp. When does the commitment begin? Does it begin once I start the program, or once I graduate?
     
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    if you sign a PLC contract you will be guaranteed either ground, aviation or law. The Marines pride themselves on everyone being a Rifleman first regardless of the MOS. from what I have read, the summer time PLC courses are like boot camp, after you are comissioned you will go to the basic school with in the 2 six week coursed, there you will learn to be an infantry officer regardless of your career field.
     
  12. Casino

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    Well I told them and there is no way they are going to understand. Looks like I'll just do it without their support. They are extremely pissed. Even though there is no commitment until I graduate, they think its a bad idea because its the military. They don't understand why I want to do this and they never will. They don't want the Marines getting in my mind anymore then it already is and they think once I go to the first session, they think I'll be brainwashed and shit. I'm 18 so I don't need their permission and I'm doing it anyways, it just would have been nice to have their support. I told them that anything could happen, I could go into the first session and hate it and drop out, but they are so sure that I will like it and want to be commissioned, which probably will happen. They don't want me to do what I want to do.
     
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    Yeah... right....

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  14. Casino

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    Fuck you Accord, I have no problem deploying, I was just trying to make sure I got all the details right.
     
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    Fuck me? Fuck you. I never said you had a problem deploying, you took my post way the hell out of context.
     
  16. NPH

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    I'm not reading all that shit, but I saw "Reserves" in that long post. All I can say is, fucking go Active and forget the reserve shit. The few reservists I met, wanted to go active. Reserves are just fucking nasty and they take long as shit to promote. I don't see how anyone would wanna do reserves, unless you got a good ass job lined up and can put up with your required drills and possible deployment. The reserves I ran into and worked with, were activated right out of MOS school.. So they got fucked either way.
     
  17. Casino

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    read a few posts up, im not doin reserves anymore, i want to do PLC
     
  18. NPH

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    All the reserves in my unit got activated right out of MOS school. You can't tell me otherwise, cause I saw it with my own eyes. I knew a couple Sgt's who were in the reserves and they all wanted to go back into active duty to get more money and they had been Cpl's for the longest fucking time ever.
     
  19. Casino

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    Anyone have any advice for this?
     
  20. NPH

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    Marines don't brainwash you.. They take all the bad shit out of you and reprogram you to be a better fighting machine.. and person :o
     
  21. NPH

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    I got out. Currently IRR. My MOS was 0121 (Admin) and these reservists were activated as soon as they got done with MOS school. Not all, but most. I was with the 2DMAW, not I&I.
     
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    activated with their units? Or what?
     
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    time to be a grown up and make your own decision
     
  24. NPH

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    Honestly, I don't know.. They were TAD to us I think? I think they were there for their entire drill requirement for the year? I'm not too sure how the reservists shit works. They didn't have a choice in the matter, let's just say that. I didn't ask too much, I didn't care. One more body in our shop was all we ever cared for.
     
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    So its not like they immediately deployed to Iraq, correct? They may have worked stateside for a short time but that is it. However, if they checked into a unit that was deploying immediately they would go. But that is not the case for most Marines, they usually wait at least 6-12 months.
     

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