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Old 06-05-2013, 12:08 PM   #1
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Enlisted in the USMC

Yesterday I took the first steps towards enlistment in the United States Marine Corps. It'll be a while before I ship out to basic, set for February unless a spot opens up sooner. Im going for MOS 3521, mechanic. Any Marines on here? Anybody from that mos or motor in general? Any info or advice on what to expect would be appreciated. Semper Fi.

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I can't comment on the MOS, but I can tell you one thing: don't wear a USMC shirt when you leave for boot camp.

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Good luck! Thank you for stepping up! Keep your head down, ears/eyes open, mouth shut and moral up!
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Congrats. I spent a good deal of time around Corps, not sure about the MOS you mentioned, but in the eyes of the Corps, you're always a rifleman first.

You have a lot of time to PT between now and February. The better you are at the physical, the less the mental stuff will weigh on you. No one can train for the mental stuff...
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Good luck to you, and thank you for volunteering to serve our country.
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Good luck! Thank you for stepping up! Keep your head down, ears/eyes open, mouth shut and moral up!
And don't volunteer for anything.



Congratulations and best of luck.
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Old 06-05-2013, 01:21 PM   #7
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Also if you injure, oh lets say a Knee, don't ship out. Let the recruiter's know and they'll give ya a couple weeks to let it heal.
Talking from experience except I left beat hahaha.
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PM if you would like you know how to Battle Zero/Machine Zero your issue weapon. It's easy.
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Thanks for all the good wishes. I'm in pretty good shape physically but there's always room do improvement and I'm definitely working on it. And I've heard a lot of people say to just keep your head down and don't stick out haha
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PM if you would like you know how to Battle Zero/Machine Zero your issue weapon. It's easy.
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Old 06-05-2013, 01:54 PM   #11
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Run every day

Practice pull-ups and sit-ups

Borrow a book of "knowledge" from the recruiter and memorize everything

Don't cut your hair short and show up to bootcamp

Stay out of trouble before you go

Make sure you can pass a urinalysis when you arrive

Run every night too
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My little brother has been in for a short while now. He went to boot camp back in October. Now he is stationed at Camp LeJune. His MOS is 0331 (Machine Gunner). I can tell you though that it is very tough of you mentally and emotionally, at least for most people. My brother was very physically fit before he left. He had a great deal of time before he left for boot camp so he ran almost every day, went and worked out with the recruiters and all almost every weekend and stayed out of trouble.

What he wasn't prepared for was the emotional distress. I don't know how old you are but he was almost 19 when he left. Someone that young doesn't know a whole lot about the world and how it works, so its tough but at the same time its the best time because you learn to live the military lifestyle. Its not for everyone and my brother is counting down the days to get out.

Just do as other people have said on here, its good advice. Do as your told and don't screw up, because then they punish everyone.

With that said, I am not in the service just had experience with my brother and talking with him. I cant say thank you enough for stepping up and volunteering to be the reason why we are free!

Attending my little brothers graduation was one of the most humbling experiences in my life and not that I didn't respect the military but ever since then and the numerous visits to base I have had since really opened my eyes. Good Luck with everything and stay safe.
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Borrow a book of "knowledge" from the recruiter and memorize everything

Don't cut your hair short and show up to bootcamp
What type of knowledge? And why not show up with short hair?
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What type of knowledge? And why not show up with short hair?
Marines call their guidebook "knowledge". Just ask the recruiter and you'll get the scoop.

If you show up looking like a Marine they will make certain you know you haven't earned the title MARINE.

Anyone can join the service, not just anyone can earn the title MARINE. There are only around 200,000 Marines on active duty at any one time. You need to know you will be earning a title and joining a brotherhood very few ever understand. I carry the Eagle, Globe and Anchor with me every day! You'll get it when and if you finish bootcamp.

Best wishes and good luck to you for having the courage to enlist. Send us a report when you finish bootcamp.
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It would be better to say don't show up with a high and tight. But even worse don't show up with really long hair. Unless you want a nickname of Bon Jovi or some other 80's singer lol.

I buzzed my head about a month before basic which gave it plenty of time to grow out some.
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Good luck and thankyou for inlisting . You are joining a brotherhood. Keep your head up and your ass down. God bless you.
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Sand fleas should not be a problem in February.

Thanks for stepping up!
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I've got 12 years in the reserves, I was with a motor T platoon with my first unit, I'm a career planner now. You'll love the Corps, good luck at boot camp!
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Old 06-05-2013, 07:30 PM   #19
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Thanks again everybody. I can't wait to earn the title of United States Marine. And I keep my hair short but not military short so it shouldn't be a problem. I was in jrotc for 4 years in high school so I have a knowledge base of rates and ranks, all the orders to the sentry, basic stuff like that. Ill definitely brush up before I go.
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Two thumbs up and good luck man! Many Marines in my family.
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The military is great, and as others have mentioned talk to as many marines as possible. Know as much about military life as you can to make things easier. Pt isn't easy, and basic is designed that way for a reason. I have no doubt you'll be fine. And if your drill instructor doesn't know your name.... Life is better!
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Will you be coming West or going East? If coming to MCRD San Diego, let me know when exactly you are arriving... There are a few San Diego Marines who have attended graduations for forum members, and I would gladly attend yours...
I was an 0331 Machine gunner, and my only experience with the mechanics was always very good... I have seen them put some shit back together after we had blown it up with duct tape and bubble gum!
There is not much that I or anyone else can really tell you besides, get in the very best shape you can, learn all that you can about Marine Corp history and plan to deal with physical and psychological stress to a level higher than you might expect.
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Thanks again everybody. I can't wait to earn the title of United States Marine. And I keep my hair short but not military short so it shouldn't be a problem. I was in jrotc for 4 years in high school so I have a knowledge base of rates and ranks, all the orders to the sentry, basic stuff like that. Ill definitely brush up before I go.
Forget everything you learned in JROTC (except for your general orders). Don't even mention it to your drill instructor. He will think that he will have to unlearn you before instructing you in the correct manner.

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Thanks again everybody. I can't wait to earn the title of United States Marine. And I keep my hair short but not military short so it shouldn't be a problem. I was in jrotc for 4 years in high school so I have a knowledge base of rates and ranks, all the orders to the sentry, basic stuff like that. Ill definitely brush up before I go.
History is also a big part of Marine Corps boot camp. As was said before, the knowledge book will cover all of that. If you can get your hands on one, it will help you in the long run. Don't be cocky and be a know-it-all, but also don't be the moron who can't figure anything out without help. Both drill instructors and your fellow recruits hate the standouts...those types only bring pain to the rest of the platoon.
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History is also a big part of Marine Corps boot camp. As was said before, the knowledge book will cover all of that. If you can get your hands on one, it will help you in the long run. Don't be cocky and be a know-it-all, but also don't be the moron who can't figure anything out without help. Both drill instructors and your fellow recruits hate the standouts...those types only bring pain to the rest of the platoon.
Indeed it does. I still remember a ton of smoke sessions thanks to the excrement-bags that could not fathom anything and don't get me started on the bastards that went onto suicide watch. -_-
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Congratulations and Thank You! My nephew enlisted after high school, it changed his life for the better.
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If you really want to get everything you can out of boot camp and your entire time in the Corps, all those people that said dont volunteer and dont get noticed should be ignored. It's okay to be noticed if you're doing the right thing. Also, you should remember to always take responsibility for your actions, never let someone else take the fall for what you said or did, and on that token, be prepared to sacrifice yourself for the good of your platoon if the need arises.

You are going to be hustling everywhere, but always remember, slow is smooth, and smooth is fast. (Apply this to thought rather than activity while at boot camp) Dont fret and dont get yourself worked up and nost importantly dont quit on yourself. Always remind yourself that you CAN and will do this. Thousands have come before you and they are no better than you. 0311 here.

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I'm in Georgia now so ill be going to Parris Island. I've been told by many people not to mention my time in ROTC or my prior experience shooting, I was captain of my rifle team in school. I know that it comes off seeming full of myself. Plus the DIs want a clean slate and empty mind to mold. No knowledge is better than bad habits.
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I wouldnt mention rotc unless you are directly asked. Dont lie.

And dont take this the wrong way, but you dont know anything about shooting and that should be your mindset anyway. There is only one way to shoot a rifle, the Marine Corps way.
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If you really want to get everything you can out of boot camp and your entire time in the Corps, all those people that said dont volunteer and dont get noticed should be ignored. It's okay to be noticed if you're doing the right thing. Also, you should remember to always take responsibility for your actions, never let someone else take the fall for what you said or did, and on that token, be prepared to sacrifice yourself for the good of your platoon if the need arises.

You are going to be hustling everywhere, but always remember, slow is smooth, and smooth is fast. (Apply this to thought rather than activity while at boot camp) Dont fret and dont get yourself worked up and nost importantly dont quit on yourself. Always remind yourself that you CAN and will do this. Thousands have come before you and they are no better than you. 0311 here.

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I was a Seabee for a few years, mechanic at that. The Marine wrench monkeys I met were really good at mechanics. They knew their equipment and knew it well. They gave us Seabees a hard time, but we had a shower that mysteriously ran out of hot water every time they used it. LOL (all in good fun and part of inter-service rivalry)

DO NOT FALL IN "LOVE" Try not to get married anytime soon. If you meet a woman in the area, DO NOT knock her up, use protection. Odds are you aren't the first Marine she would have dated, she knows how to play the game and system if she's that type of woman. DO NOT get payday loans, keep your finances straight or the military will do it for you and you wont like it. Save your first EGA pin you get after the crucible, keep it safe, and bring it on deployments but keep it safe, that way if you have kids and they join the Marines you can pass on your first EGA to them. Stay positive, stay motivated, stay clean.

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