MIL Questions about enlisting in Marines

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  1. Casino

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    I'm a freshman at college and I want to enlist in the Marine Reserves. I want to enlist in Force Recon. I heard I can do split training over 2 summers so it doesn't go into the school year. Is that true? That is what I want to do. I don't mind if a deployment interferes with school because that is part of the job, I just want to get the training done without missing class.

    I want to go to boot camp as soon as the school year is over, so around May 4th. Do I have to sign up by a certain time to make sure I can go to boot camp then? I was planning on signing up around the middle of February.
     
  2. Insdav3

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    I'm not too sure about being force recon and being in the reserves... I could be wrong but I never heard of it. Make sure your recruiters aren't tricking you. You can go to boot camp 1 summer and have school training the next summer. It's called a 92-day reservist. It usually goes: Boot, college, MCT/SOI/, college, MOS school.


    I signed my papers 3 days before I was at boot camp. If you have a dedicated recruiter, you should have no problem getting on the island as soon as possible.
     
  3. Insdav3

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    ^ my bad, Just did a little research... I guess there are reserve recon units.
     
  4. kidhero

    kidhero not really a hero, really just a big fat phony

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    the program you're looking at is 92-day reservist. you will only train 92 days a year (you still go to drill though) so one year you will go to boot camp for 92 days (meaning you leave a few days before graduation) and then go to MOS training or MCT the next following years.

    there's a force recon reserve unit (they lived next to me during MOS school) but most likely nowhere near you. being a reserve means your job is determined by your proximity to a base. you can travel up to 100 miles to get to the reserve base otherwise you have to move. if the closest base near you is full of mechanics, well guess what? you're going to be mechanic.
     
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    Join 4th LAR in frederick, md. If you want to deploy we are going back in spring '09(Just came back this May)
     
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    The 92 day reservists in my boot camp stayed with us through graduation and did not leave any earlier than the rest of us. Granted they didn't have to go to MCT or MOS school until the next summber but they stayed through boot camp?
     
  7. kidhero

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    the 92 days in mine left the day prior to their contract ending. this was in 2003. i don't know if they've changed anything since.
     
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    There's also an artillery unit and a combat engineer unit right near philly
     
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    92 day reserves is just a stupid gimmick to get people to join the Corps. My buddy is a 92 day reservist, he's been in for a year, he's a LCpl, and he still hasn't even gone to SOI yet. It's fucking stupid.
     
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    most officers i know went in as a 92 day enlistee so that they can finish college and play marine at the same time :o
     
  11. Insdav3

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    just talked to a guy in the same situation.... although he was able to SPLIT OCS!!! something like two seperate 6 week training sessions. I have lost respect for offic...... i won't say it :o
     
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    theoretically this is how you would do it:

    go to boot camp the summer after high school

    sign up for ROTC, go to college for a year and do reserve drill every month

    go to MCT or MOS training for the summer

    go to college for second year do reserve drill every month

    go to OCS 6 weeks (amazingly this also qualifies as an AT)

    go to college for third year, drill every month

    go to OCS 6 weeks

    go to college for fourth year, drill every month

    graduate, commission, TBS, MOS school, switch to 4 year active duty, hooray mustang! congrats on your lance corporal chevron and butter bar!
     
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    This is the ideal. I am a Marine Reservist btw. I know the DO have reserve recon battalions but im not sure how it works, I just know they exist. Btw there are a fuckton of guys in my unit that enlisted having this perogative and after boot or a few years later they cant wait to get out of the Corps. Lots of guys change their mind about the whole officer thing. GL.
     
  14. Met a couple of reserve recon dudes at airborne. They are the coolest guys in the entire corps haha.
     
  15. kidhero

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    most of the 92 days i know don't rate a MOS and thus can't get promoted
     
  16. Casino

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    So when is the soonest I'll be deployable assuming I do the 92 day reservist thing.
     
  17. Insdav3

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    if you still want to go to college (which is what 92-day reservist program is made for) then most likely you will ship out early summer to boot.
     
  18. Casino

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    I meant deployable overseas, like to Iraq.

    If I enlist at college and go to drill in Philly, what will I do for drill when I'm home for winter and summer break in Maryland?
     
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    Do you know exactly where? What kind of stuff would I do in an artillary or combat engineer unit? I want a job that will let me be in a lot of action.
     
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    The combat engineer unit is Bridge Co. Bravo (my unit) located just south of Philly. The artillery unit is 3/14, not to sure exactly where they are but I know they are very close to, if not in Philly. The combat engineer MOS is broad ranging from construction and bridging, to mine detection and demolitions. Bravo is a bridging unit, which means you would be trained to build and replace bridges in Iraq. We saw quite a bit of action in Iraq on our last deployment. However there isn't much need for any bridging units in either Iraq or Afghanistan anymore, so any future deployments will put us in an infantry role so we train accordingly. I don't know too much about 3/14. Both units would probably result in you seeing some action in Iraq, but if you want infantry go for it, there's some infantry units close enough that you could join. My advice is to go speak to a recruiter and ask about your options. Good luck with whatever you decide to do though.
     
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    The reserve thing will screw with your MOS. Youll have a exact MOS when you go to school but you could end up like me and be an 0311 and now in Iraq dealing with what happens to dead IP's and IAs doing mortuary affairs.

    Im actually trying to join that fredrick LAR unit whoever was talking about that, as soon as i get back from this deployment.
     

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