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08-17-2013 01:16 AM
Carlsbad0331 Come see us when you graduate, dinner is on me! And I will hook you up with some gear to take with you.
08-15-2013 01:47 AM
Drix
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Originally Posted by Willybusmc View Post
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.
GL man

Don't do anything in the above post lol. Also let your family know only send letters. Recruits who get packages with fatty treats get hazed.

Start drinking 2 gallons of water a day I promise when you get there your gonna wish you got use to consuming a lot of water. Especially since they will make you and that first time you have to piss like a race horse but can't use the head, you will be wishing you did.

Remember you will only be in a short time no matter what I emphasize this, do not leave the the Marines with anything but a honorable discharge. It will be something that follows you your entire life and there are no mulligans.

You are about to join a fraternal brother hood whose deeds in thousands of years will be the stories of legend.
08-14-2013 03:29 PM
Catron *Always raise your hand when asked for volunteers
*Find a Jodi and don't use protection
*Fall in love as soon as you can
*Get a USMC tattoo BEFORE boot
*Cut your hair in a buzz before you go
*Tell your DI that he is too short, skinny, white, black, weak, girly, pretty (whichever applies) to tell you what to do
*Don't bother running or prepping for PT, you walk everywhere
*Mention that the Navy is better, but USMC is the only branch that would take you
*Any chance you get, skip, or sham out of doing your part
*Smuggle candy and cigs in to the other guys to make some bucks
*Drinking water is for the weak
*Treat yourself to a fatcake from the chowhall (make sure you are seen my DI's doing so
*Tell Di's you don't need to goto the range, you're a mechanic
*Dont bother reading your handbook, it doesn't apply to you

I could go on and on, but this is enough to get your started on the right path.

Just a little 'Friendly' advise from a Army Combat Vet
07-17-2013 06:49 PM
WhiskeyTango0311 All the above is great advice. You are well spoken/written, and should not have a hard time understanding the mind-games that are going to be played with you while you are there.

The only thing I can offer up that is that you should definitely strive to be and GRADUATE as the guide. Be aggressive and deliberate in everything you do at boot camp. You are going to take the majority of the thrashings on the quarter deck for the platoon's mistakes, but if you handle it with the understanding that you are there to lead them, it isn't that bad. Furthermore, you can be meritoriously promoted.

Also once you are graduated and at your MOS school, don't be that guy wearing USMC shirts and a backpack out in town on liberty. You make yourself a target for saltier Marines and scammers alike. Your high fade and tan lines are going to give it away as it is.

I am proud of you and make sure to be the best at whatever it is you decide to do in the Corps. Hard times are upon the military now, and you must do better than everyone else to ensure promotions and career longevity.

Also, DO NOT GET MARRIED until you get out of the Corps.
07-17-2013 06:36 PM
WhiskeyTango0311
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afd660 forgot to say drink water, change your socks, take motrin
Haha!

This is imperative. If you have a sucking chest wound, apply occlusive dressing, take motrin, drink water.
06-11-2013 09:01 AM
tabber02 way to answer the call! thank you for your commitment to service from one veteran to another.
06-11-2013 02:25 AM
JeepDrum Thanks for stepping up, and good luck to you. I'm not in the military myself, but it surrounds me via family and friends. My cousin got back from his second tour about a month ago. I've contemplated enlisting many times but haven't brought myself to do it yet. Stay safe.
06-11-2013 02:03 AM
Tweak
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Well my girl left me because she couldn't stand loosing me to basic in a few months. What kind of logic that is, I'll never understand. Just felt like venting on here.
her loss, she just bailed on a 19 year old with a solid career ahead of him.
06-11-2013 02:01 AM
Tweak Alright. I am going to give you the single most important piece of advice in this thread. you ready?

DONT FALL IN LOVE

dont marry some girl in the barracks that you met last week. she isnt the one. you have no idea how many times it happens!

second most important piece of advice. dont get said barracks chick pregnant.

I saw a guy who lost his virginity to a girl in the barracks, next thing you know she is pregnant. we were all making bets on which color the baby would be. it turned out to be his.

third, stay out of trouble. if you get a DUI you can kiss your career goodbye.
06-11-2013 01:59 AM
Tweak
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Talk to me about navy fed, I've heard of it but not clear on the details
It's only the largest credit union in the world!
06-10-2013 12:55 PM
jimbot
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Originally Posted by Willybusmc View Post
Well my girl left me because she couldn't stand loosing me to basic in a few months. What kind of logic that is, I'll never understand. Just felt like venting on here.
If the Marine Corp wanted you to have a wife, they would have issued you one. Hold off until you have a year in before you make any major plans in the romance department. That doesn't mean don't date - you shouldn't have any issues with that while wearing the uniform. Just don't make any commitments.
06-10-2013 01:54 AM
Willybusmc Again, I can't say thanks enough for the supportive words guys. It's all a huge help. This is a big step and I'm only 19. All this encouragement and acceptance is easing my mind a lot. Thank you to everyone who has served before me and to all who support my decision.
06-10-2013 01:02 AM
UnlimitedRubicon Thanks for deciding to make the sacrifice and serve our nation.
06-10-2013 12:18 AM
Carlsbad0331
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Well my girl left me because she couldn't stand loosing me to basic in a few months. What kind of logic that is, I'll never understand. Just felt like venting on here.
In all seriousness, your better off making the separation now so that you can attack bootcamp with a clear head. Dont hook up with anyone new before you leave either. There will be plenty of time to play when you come home in uniform!
I was married 2 weeks before leaving for bootcamp (I was a little older when I enlisted). By the second phase of bootcamp (Edson Range) she had decided that she could not be married to a Marine. By the end of third phase I had divorce papers.
06-09-2013 11:43 PM
Wondertwin1 Stay away from any dependapotimus from any town where you'll be training. Good lord they are the devil.
06-09-2013 11:09 PM
afd660
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There are more than one type of sniper in this world. A lot if these girls see the military boys as an easy way out of that smallville town they are from and a guaranteed paycheck for the next 18 years. I have had a couple of buddies fall into their crosshairs and it is a never ending nightmare.

Good luck and thanks for your service!!
Yeah they are deadly... lol.. 1 shot one kill... Would it be fair to say they are HOG's?? haha..


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Well my girl left me because she couldn't stand loosing me to basic in a few months. What kind of logic that is, I'll never understand. Just felt like venting on here.

It may not seem like it now but its a good thing. Drop the excess baggage, it'll only slow you down. You wouldn't want to pack your ruck with 20lbs more of crap that you cant use. You don't want your mind with 20lbs of crap either. Run, work out and get ready for boot.

Don't sweat it man, pretty soon you'll have one of these broads in your room... just don't get her pregnant... lol..
06-09-2013 06:30 PM
Willybusmc In my experience folks do a lot of joking around about the Marines being better, and i admit I've participated, but at least for me, I have a deep respect for anyone who dedicated themselves to anything as difficult and life consuming as the military
06-09-2013 06:07 PM
Wondertwin1
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Well my girl left me because she couldn't stand loosing me to basic in a few months. What kind of logic that is, I'll never understand. Just felt like venting on here.
Happened to me. I got her back when I came home.


Best thing I heard all through basic(air force), was from my first(out of 20 total{yes I know, we were a bastard flight}) MTI,"remove all gray area, everything should be black and white."

Meaning:if that floor looks dirty, but you're not quite sure, clean it anyway and remove any doubt. That has stuck with me through basic, tech school and now everyday life. Approach EVERYTHING with that attitude and you'll be fine.




And another thing. I'm not sure if this is brainwashed into y'all, but don't become a pompous asshole either. You may think you're the best, but there's 4 other branches that, as even a human and not just a marine, you're scum because you have no respect for any other service. I've met a few hundred marines, about 90% of em seem to be that way. My best friend is a marine. And he is that way, but he knows I'll pop him so he slacks off when it comes to me.
06-09-2013 06:01 PM
ajones1992 Not in the Corps. But the Army. One thing my Drill Sergeant told me that helped, and I believe it applies to all service members is "embrace the suck" it about all you can do.
06-09-2013 05:59 PM
Tomdata
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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.
There are more than one type of sniper in this world. A lot if these girls see the military boys as an easy way out of that smallville town they are from and a guaranteed paycheck for the next 18 years. I have had a couple of buddies fall into their crosshairs and it is a never ending nightmare.

Good luck and thanks for your service!!
06-09-2013 05:19 PM
Willybusmc Thanks for the reassuring words guys. It'll all be worth it when I get that Eagle Globe & Anchor
06-09-2013 05:17 PM
barrydd
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Originally Posted by Willybusmc View Post
Well my girl left me because she couldn't stand loosing me to basic in a few months. What kind of logic that is, I'll never understand. Just felt like venting on here.
Sucks right now I know. But one less thing to distract you. Rest assured the Corps will issue you everything you need.
06-09-2013 05:14 PM
sinbob
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Well my girl left me because she couldn't stand loosing me to basic in a few months. What kind of logic that is, I'll never understand. Just felt like venting on here.
Had the same thing happen to me 40 years ago....best thing that ever happen she was a total dead beat and a few other things that I will not mention.

Wasn't a marine but I put my 21yrs in.
Nephew is a marine.

thank you for stepping up.....and remember lead or follow but get the hell out of the way
06-09-2013 04:58 PM
Senior Chief Sorry to hear that. They say that a Navy spouse (or USMC) has a more difficult job than the actual active-duty member. You may not feel it now, but if she would have an issue with you leaving for boot camp, then the future deployments would be deal breakers for sure. Best to find out now.

Besides, pretty soon you're going to be a buck stud Marine wearing a uniform that even the other branches of the service admit is a chick magnet...
06-09-2013 04:47 PM
Willybusmc Well my girl left me because she couldn't stand loosing me to basic in a few months. What kind of logic that is, I'll never understand. Just felt like venting on here.
06-07-2013 09:14 PM
Jerry Bransford I salute you, you're about to embark on a great ride that you'll never forget. Just keep your mouth shut in boot camp, keep your eyes straight ahead when lined up (D.I.s LOVE to catch a boot looking sideways to watch as they chew someone out), and be IN SHAPE when you leave home. Lots of running, no junk food, lose a few pounds, work on your pullups and pushups. You'll thank yourself for having done that once you've been in boot camp a few days.

Thank you for volunteering, this was a good decision. But stay safe and keep your head down!
06-07-2013 09:11 PM
Senior Chief Navy Federal Credit Union. I've been a member since 1984. Branches on all USMC and Navy installations... Best there is.
06-07-2013 05:09 PM
Willybusmc Talk to me about navy fed, I've heard of it but not clear on the details
06-07-2013 04:16 PM
Tweak navy fed. no other option.

USAA just bought my buddy a new 3.8 when he went for a swim.
06-07-2013 04:11 PM
TeraFlex Congrats and thanks for serving.
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