MIL Tell me about being a Corpsman

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  1. Sirc

    Sirc Dr. Hourse Crew #1

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    Tell me about being a corpsman. I can't find any objective things on it. Since I was young, I was always kind of wanted to pursue the medical field as it satiated my superhero complex, but never my puzzle solving complex.

    Most of my family is in the medical or medical related field. My dad runs a free clinic, my aunt is the RN there, my mom works as a LCSW and Social worker over there. My uncle does the billing. My extended family owns the shopping center and has stock in the clinic. My aunt and uncles have gone through there as residents or worked as doctors over there.

    I've always been interested. What's it like? What do I have to do? Is it a good idea? I was thinking of joining the Naval Reserves and doing the Corpsman recruit thingy. What's the ups? What's the downs? Should I be worried about anything? What should I ask the recruiter so he doesn't fuck me?

    Oh give me your wisdom.

    Also, tell me about SARC.
     
  2. endemicW

    endemicW fffffffffuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu OT Supporter

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    i got some buddies in school with me who are recon corpsman. All cool dudes. Just be ready to swim/drown a lot.
     
  3. dmcgill

    dmcgill New Member

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    It doesn't sound like he wants to get into firefights and patch up severed limbs on a battlefield. Just saying...don't freak him out.

    Advancement is decent, but HM is a huge rating. There are a lot of NEC's (Navy Enlisted Classifications) that you can get. Independent duty, X-Ray tech, special operations, etc. It's rewarding if you love medical stuff. If you get on a ship you'll be responsible for training the crew in CPR and basic first aid, things like that.
     
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    Yea I don't know where dmcgill got advancement is decent. If you go HM prepare to be an E4 for quite some time.
     
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    endemicW fffffffffuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu OT Supporter

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    asked about SARC :cool:
     
  6. dmcgill

    dmcgill New Member

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    The cream always rises, gentlemen. And there are worse ratings for advancement, but I should have double-checked before I wrote that.

    It is pretty fucking bad right now.
     
  7. docdencio

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    Making rank in the corpsman field is not that bad. I made E6 in 8. It really depends on your study habits, and also if you come in as an E3 (this really helps).

    IF you are to join now, prepare to deploy with a FMF unit (Marines). I have deployed three times in the last 4 years, just to give you some basis.

    Like they say, choose your rate, choose your fate: PM me if you have any specific questions. I have done both the blue (sea going) and green (FMF) side.
     
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    No, not for HM. And since you can make E5 in < 2 years with a lot of rates, "planning" on making E5 one day because the "cream always rises" is a shitty situation to put yourself in. No one wants to be an E4 with 7 years in.
     
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    Would an HM's education translate later on into a field like nursing? Or is it more like being a paramedic?
     
  10. Scrooge McDuck

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    you would only be an EMT
     
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    yeah if it's anything like the army's 68w mos, you'll be emt-b certified..i got extremely lucky and my unit sent me to paramedic school, and emt-tactical.
     
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    holy shit you lucked out :eek3:
     
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    We sponsored a bunch of guys from our local unit to go from EMT-B to EMT-I. Getting your EMT-P was pretty nice. I've heard that nursing is the better bet from here on out rather than your CC...especially if you want flight medic.

    Good luck.
     
  14. Ozmar

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    The thing with corpsmen is they can often end up serving in Marine units. The funny part about that is they wear the Marine uniforms with Navy rank structure, they are attached to Marine units, and for all intents and purposes they are Navy in name only.

    The Corpsmen who serve with Marines have to somewhat integrate themselves into the Marine lifestyle. They often go through the same rigorous training, obviously get deployed along with the Marines, and they have to go on missions with platoons (although often corpsmen are only allowed to carry a pistol).

    The thing you should remember if you become a corpsman is that there's always the off chance you will be attached to a Marine unit.
     
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    I thought corpsmen got to pick green side or blue side.....
     
  16. Ozmar

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    Not sure. I'm not a corpsman. You may be right.
     
  17. Scrooge McDuck

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    you have to volunteer to be a fleet Marine corpsman. and you carry much more than a pistol
     
  18. Ozmar

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    not suppose to
     
  19. Scrooge McDuck

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    we also arent supposed to use white phosphorous 203 grenades or shotguns against people but we do all the time anyway.
     
  20. Ozmar

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    Hmm, Non judicial punishment or Court Martial?:rolleyes:
     

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