MIL USMC Question

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  1. Accord

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    I'm going in with the UV option which means i'll be in MCSF for 1.5 years before going to the fleet, i'm going to try my damndest to get into FAST at MCSF school which is the only deployable MCSF unit, so that means i'll eventually get to go to Iraq for those 1.5 years i'm in MCSF, but if I don't get into FAST then i'll be stuck in one place for those 1.5 years with no chance of deploying.

    My only fear is that I won't get the chance to go to Iraq and i'll get to my unit in the fleet as a senior lance coolie or a corporal without ever having been to Iraq while pretty much everyone else has... and who knows what the climate will be like 2 years from now and if units will still be actively deploying.

    I don't want to miss out on Iraq, I always hear stories about the guys who joined up during Desert Storm but by the time they actually got to the fleet the war was already over. I want to do MCSF and get all of that extra great training and experience, but I also don't want to miss out on going to Iraq.

    Any advice?
     
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    I figure between boot, SOI, MCSF school plus my total time in MCSF (15 months) it would be 22 months before I actually hit the fleet, and that's not counting the ~9 months that i'm going to be in DEP before I ship off.

    Now if I switched my contract to UH without MCSF, it would be just about 6 or 7 months plus however long i'm in DEP before I would hit the fleet.
     
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    It kind of sounds like your worried that you won't get as much respect in your unit for not having gone. If that's the deal don't worry about it there, the only people who will be impressed are civilians. The last class who came back from Iraq in my unit came back trying to act like war heros and got shut the fuck up pretty quick by our platoon commander because it was getting in the way of work.

    I want to go just as much as the next person (who actually wants to go) but don't let it cloud your vision and, if you make it to the Corps, don't feel any less of a Marine because you didn't go. If you want to see some action go MSG Duty, depending on where you end up it's almost a guarentee that some shit has hit the fan. This class and the deployment before them both didn't deal with anything besides a few random mortar rounds the whole time they were out there so it's not like going to Iraq means you'll "Get Some".

    You'll figure it out if you make it to the fleet, but you really have to push yourself to get your priorities straight. Don't worry about what you can't control, if a deployment comes up and you get put on it greaet. What you need to worry about is what you can do for yourself to make sure that when the deployment comes you've got your training, and MOS credibility behind you and those are things that you can control. Make sure you do your MCIs, keep up on PT, voulenteer to do extra work, logging a few hours in the office never hurt anyone and it'll show your command that your motivated to go beyond what your MOS describes. But above all us just stay Motivated.
     
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    DEP is nothing, you won't learn shit relevant to boot and you'll forget all about it by the time your on the bus. :dunno:

    Remember when your on the DEP your still a civilian, you can be on the van to PI and jump off and run home and no one will ever come looking for you execpt a pissed off recruiter. It's just their way of making you feel like you're locked in before you get to boot.
     
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    Yeah I realize that, I was just including the time that i'm spending in DEP because that just add's to the amount of time it'll be before I hit the fleet.
     
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    btw, you dont really need to go to those DEP "meetings." i was in the pool for 6 months and didnt go to a single one of em
     
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    Thanks for the advice. :cool:

    MSG Duty is actually something i've really looked into and would love to do, but that's at least 5 years down the road.

    I don't want to go to Iraq to impress anyone or anything of that nature, I want to go and be a part of history even, even if I don't see any real action and am just doing convoy escorts or whatever.

    I was talking with some Marines the other day and they were asking me about what I plan to do, MOS, when I ship, etc. etc. and when I told them I was going in under MCSF they thought I was being a fleet dodger, I was pretty shocked. I don't want to miss out on Iraq because I was in MCSF and then have the cloud of being a "fleet dodger" over me my entire time in the Corps.

    In MCSF, i'm really hoping to get assigned to FAST since they're constantly deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan.

    If you get to the fleet and your unit isn't scheduled to deploy to Iraq anytime soon, can you volunteer to go and they'll send you with another unit or something of that nature? I've heard that reservists can volunteer like this, but i'm not sure about active duty.

    Thanks again :bigthumb:
     
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    DEP meetings kick ass, last week we went to West Palm Beach to meet the Marines at 4th ANGLICO and got to check out all their high speed low drag equipment :bigthumb:.

    Also, I could use the extra PT :x:.
     

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