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    I swore in today at MEPS. Picked 6694 which is somthing like an Aircraft Information System Specialist. Im sposed to ship out on august fourth at the latest but im hoping to ship out sooner, more like the ninth of june. MCRD is going to be fun, cant wait to be a Marine.

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    Congratulations.... good choice going into the military. It should be a national requirement to do atleast 2 years. Good luck in boot and where ever you get stationed.

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    • #3
      Good luck, although I'd encourage you to refrain from telling your DI that your nickname is "sally".

      MCRD is going to be fun, cant wait to be a Marine.
      Hope you keep that attitude. At the very least, it will be an experience.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by 16yearoldJeeper View Post
        MCRD is going to be fun, cant wait to be a Marine.
        i have many memories of MCRD, although i can't remember "fun" as being part of it. you'll be too busy to have fun. and if the Marine Corps wanted you to have fun, they'd issue you some. good luck in boot camp. just do what you're told, when you're told, and don't question it. you'll do fine. and welcome to the brotherhood of Marines. SEMPER FI!!!

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        • #5
          Congrats and good luck. Thanks for serving our country, I think everyone should have to do at least 2 years. Maybe then more people would appreciate what many of us volunteered to defend.

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          • #6
            Just remember, it's all a big mindf*ck, just play their game and you'll be golden. Figure out the difference between "Yes" and "Aye, Aye Sir..Sergeant Instuctor...etc..." Make sure everyone's boots are laced the same way too!! And watch out for those elusive IP's!! Yut...

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            • #7
              i enlisted in the army national guard in december.
              15F aircraft electrician.

              i ship out sept 2 to Fort Jackson North Carolina

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              • #8
                Originally posted by fishjrl View Post
                i enlisted in the army national guard in december.
                15F aircraft electrician.

                i ship out sept 2 to Fort Jackson North Carolina
                Congrats. I did my basic at Fort Jackson. You'll be slightly better off than I was. I went in the middle of summer. It was hot a humid and our barricks were old quansit huts left over from WWII. Our version of AC was two big fans. I heard that those barricks were torn down and replaced.

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                • #9
                  No way. I am a 6694. Small world. PM me or email me and I will answer any questions you have

                  Thomas.W.Nolen@usmc.mil

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                  • #10
                    Congrats! I got 3 friends in the marines and I don't think any of them have said its fun... haha but if your joining the marines to have fun you might be a lil it will be an experience though! Hopefully a good one... I plan or am considering seriously joining a branch (probably navy) when I graduate college. Oh and for all you hard a$$ out there i plan on joining as an enlisted not as an officer.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Jeff's_Jeep View Post
                      Congrats! I got 3 friends in the marines and I don't think any of them have said its fun... haha but if your joining the marines to have fun you might be a lil it will be an experience though! Hopefully a good one... I plan or am considering seriously joining a branch (probably navy) when I graduate college. Oh and for all you hard a$$ out there i plan on joining as an enlisted not as an officer.
                      Unless you are prior enlisted that is a horrible idea there super salty. Why in the world would you enlist after fulfilling the requirements to commission? Lets see..more $, more a$$, better benefits, better housing, I'll take my butter bars over stripes anyday. I mean, if you do good luck I know guys that did that, some like it some don't, but the guys who like it were all priors. Do yourself a favor and commission. out

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by 88 Sahara View Post
                        Unless you are prior enlisted that is a horrible idea there super salty
                        Agreed!

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                        • #13
                          I enlisted with a degree into the Army (Infantry). After 2.5 years, I went to OCS (Infantry again). Would do it the same way again. Major difference in the way you're treated by your guys when you show up as a butter bar with a combat patch. And you will get a combat patch if you're enlisted more than a year

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                          • #14
                            While I grant you most enlisted will treat an officer differently if he/she has an NCOPD ribbon on his/her rack... enlisting is not really a swell idea so mark me down concurring with the others on this.
                            It's 2 entirely different kind of jobs.
                            And while I knew, and highly respected, a command sergeant major who had been an officer (in Vietnam war) and resigned his commission to come right back and enlist... he was a rarity.
                            The highest degree of respect I ever saw shown was a Chaplain Major with a Combat/Special Forces patch and a SEALS badge. He was one tough SOB.
                            btw, to the guy going to Ft. Jackson... that's located right outside Columbia, South Carolina (not North Carolina) although it won't matter it could be the moon... you're not going to get off post your entire time in (basic) training. And for you, or any of you folks who might be headed to Ft. Jackson for training... if you need a short break and a relaxation from military rigidity, arrange for a trip to visit the Chaplains' Museum there on post... it's a non-saluting zone, so you can unwind a bit, and the museum (some of the materiel showcased there was designed by my office) is an interesting hour or so to see.
                            Sorry Marines, I can't help you there, except to remind you that your Drill is always right.

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                            • #15
                              The only person I know who enlisted after college is lawyer and he joined mainly to pay back college loans, but this was during peace time and there was something about being in the enlisted JAG corps that's different about the officer JAG..can't remember, but that's what he wanted to do. As for commissioning with a Crayola box on your chest, yeah that's sweet. I went to a military college and we had guys who were combat infantry men, sailors, a Ranger, Marines, all that jazz and they got some serious respect from the cadre there.

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