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Question to all the marines

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lochm    1

I recently enlisted into the marines and I don't know what position to go for. Any recommendations?

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SteelRain    112

My only recommendation is something that translates into the real world. Not that I would diminish Infantry or Field Artillery or other combat roles (I was artilerry myself) but I would pick something that you can do directly. Engineering, Communications, something along those lines.

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KOA04    4

Steel makes a good point. I got out 4 years ago after being in the infantry. It was one of the greatest times of my life, save for my brothers that never made it home after fighting in two of the hottest ao's at the time in Afghanistan, and then Iraq, respectively. Any thing you do in the Marine Corps will set you up for success afterwards should you choose not to make a career out of it, but when it comes time to re-up you can cross that bridge. I fully suggest that you do something that has a real world application as the skills you pick up in the infantry are very limited in translation to the real world. That being said, if you're not 03, you ain't shit. In Steel's defense though, "Artillery adds dignity, to what would otherwise be an ugly brawl". Good luck. If you have any other questions, feel free to pm me.

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shady5bravo    3

I have to echo both the prior sentiments here. I was in for 8 years, leaving the infantry after 4 for a different combat arms field. You need to do something that translates well into the civilian world. Everyone has dreams of staying for the long haul, and I think the infantry is the absolute best place to start, but once I got out it meant next to nothing, and seems to be the same situation for most of my buddies.

 

I can only offer the suggestion of somewhere in the intel field as an alternative. Plenty of opportunities both within and on the outside, and some of it is fun as hell.

 

The absolute best advice I can offer though, and is something I personally did not do and have regretted it every day since I left, is GET YOUR DEGREE while you're in if you don't have one already. The Marine Corps offers so many opportunities to get an education for practically nothing but time invested its stupid, and I'm a jackass for taking that free time and pissing it into the wind.

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SteelRain    112

GET YOUR DEGREE while you're in

 

Gotta say this is great advice. Don't drag your feet on it. Get in and get the ball rolling. Even if you do end up staying for life the degree will allow you to apply for OCS if you do make a career out of it.

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Spoon    9

Anything in the MEDICAL field if you can. Worth it in the long run.

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havock    1

sept 23 2001 I graduated Boot camp ( good timing......)

 

I joined to be an Air traffic controller. 5 Years with the USMC. got out, was un employeed for 2 weeks ( My fault on being a little late with some paperwork) Hired as a Contract controller with Mid-west ATC making $26 an hour I think It was? spent 13 months with them, Then was hired by the FAA.. Im 30, and making twice that now. ZERO student loans...

 

ATC school at NAS pensacola. 4 months of INTENSE ATC schooling... Dont PARTY, Study your ass off. Once you Graduate, On the job training for a year or so at what ever facility you land.

 

Now back then, you signed up for an aviation job ( weather observer, UAV driver, or ATC)... I asked for ATC and was able to get it.

 

Its a 5 year enlistment too. My Twin brother and I went to boot together, he did a 4 year infantry gig. Hes now a cop makin... well... thats a sad story we all know.

 

Air Traffic Control. Or ANYTHING Aviation wont stear you wrong.

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kilgore    55

ATC is great, anything medical or (if your an electronics guy) medical equipment maintenance. Anything that can get you certified for something on the outside is great.

 

Getting a TS SCI would be great, you can land awesome jobs that they will train you for just by already having a clearance.

 

How did you enlist? Open?

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Whiskey    2

Hi! I am not a member here, and haven't been for about a year but for some reason I keep getting E-mails. So all I can think of is SG just can't get along without me however, I digress.

 

I retire on 1 Oct of this year after 20 years in the Marines. There is some great advice here, and I would like to reinforce the get your degree portion. I highly recommend doing 4 years in the Infantry, and while i am on the topic the Marines do not have a medical field, the Navy provides our medical coverage.

 

Anyway, do 4 years as a grunt, then lat move to the EOD field. EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) is and always will be insanely in high demand. After that, you can still volunteer for MARSOC (my current assignment) or just do 4 years as a EOD Tech and get out. There are always jobs available for people with that qualification.

 

No matter what you do, think about the future, at some point you are going to be older and tired and sick of being shot at, it is nice to have a skill set that allows you to relax and be home every evening.

 

Now, for the love of God, will you guys please stop sending me E-mails?

 

Semper Fi,

 

Whiskey.

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havock    1

Whiskey,

In your personal settings you can change your notification settings to remove email notifications Im pretty sure.

 

in the upper right, click on your name, then "my settings", then on the left, "notification options".

 

Hope that helps

 

Semper Fi

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lochm    1

Ya I am enlisted in open contract right now in the delayed ent program. Trying to figure out what to do I may wait till OCT when the new job listing comes available.

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Buddyroe    3

Well if you are still in the DEP you might be able to change your contract. You do not want an Open contract!!! It's already bad enough the Marine Corp will put you where the hell they want regardless of your MOS but, to legally give yourself no say in the matter puts the icing on the cake.

 

I enlisted as an 0311 but when i got to fleet i was put with 81mm Mortars which i hated at first because out of all the infantry MOS's, i least wanted to be a Mortar man. It turned out ok though because when i deployed to Afghan it was as an 0311.

 

 

I've seen many Marines break down into deep depression and sadness during SOI when they found out they had no say in what they wanted to do, due to having an open contract.

 

Congrats on your enlistment. It was the best decision i ever made in my life and it changed my life forever. A lot of pride and honor comes with that EGA. I wish you well.

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mrshotgun    3

Just finished out my last drill weekend! I'm excited to be able to grow facial hair and let my hair grow as long as I can stand it.

 

Two MOS's come to mind that I know translate to high demand high paying jobs.

0651 Communications/Data Systems Specialist

0431 Logistics/Embarkation Specialist

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peredur    3

Get any job that requires a TS/SCI clearance. Anything. Then do college for free while you're in. Youll be debt free with 6 figure job offers in 4 years.

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puntc    3

While all this advice about doing something that translates well into the civilian world is sound, I'm going to play devils advocate and say that if you want to do something FUN, be a tanker. Drive around tearing shit up in a big ass armored vehicle with a big ass cannon. Why walk when you can ride?

 

That's what I did in the Army.

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havock    1

While all this advice about doing something that translates well into the civilian world is sound, I'm going to play devils advocate and say that if you want to do something FUN, be a tanker. Drive around tearing shit up in a big ass armored vehicle with a big ass cannon. Why walk when you can ride?

 

That's what I did in the Army.

 

 

This is a good point, Though Im more for the civilian jobs... Where else are you going to drive tanks for a job?

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stewart    45

I was not in the Marines I did join the Air Force back in 1992 but was put out because of falsifying my medical which they do not like apparently. Big thing is your ASVAB try to get a score of 90 or above with that you can pick anything you want to do. I scored a 90 and picked pilot of course, I was setup to go to College after bootcamp for 4 years come out of bootcamp into officer training school and then into flight training school. You become an officer with a 4 year college degree keep that in mind for your 20 years because your retirement will be very good as an officer and that 4 years of college counts toward your retirement so 16 years after you are done with school. Not sure how old you are but I was 19 when I joined and being able to retire at the age of 39-41 years old with full benefits would have been a very good thing.

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scanda    0

Do what interests you or you will have a long first and only enlistment. 20 years ain't shit and you can retire, consider making it a career. After 20 years you are still young enough to be what you wanna be when you grow up.

 

Do not marry your childhood sweetheart while in, just stay single.

Do not marry a fellow Marine while in, just stay single.

Do not spend your whole paycheck once you get paid.

Do not buy a fancy car if you get a bonus going in or with your first paycheck.

Do not hang out with the negative peeps that regret joining after day 1 and throughout their enlistment.

Do not be "that guy" who kisses (any rank above yours) asses.

Do not get that tattoo off base that you will regret when you have grand kids or seek a civilian career.

 

Put maximum effort into the job you choose and life will be good.

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havock    1
Do not marry your childhood sweetheart while in, just stay single.

Do not marry a fellow Marine while in, just stay single.

 

May I add,

 

Do NOT marry the bartender/waitress 10 minutes down the road from your base..

 

Wish someone told me lol

 

Do not spend your whole paycheck once you get paid.

 

Or use the payday loan places located every block or 2 around your base.

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slayersg    106

I joined the RAF Enlisted, I scored a 99/100 on my aptitude and got to pick anything, (I didn't have a degree and I didn't want to be a pilot so commissions were out)

 

I chose ground crew for Harriers, something there was nothing like in the civilian world.

 

My biggest advice is ENJOY the shit out of it, you will do stuff that you could never do in the civilian world, in terms of MOS, 99.9999999% of civilian employers are not going to employ you based on your MOS, they are going to see MILITARY/MARINES on your resume and you are going to have to explain it to them.

 

I got my current job because of my RAF experience and my job has next to nothing to do with what I did and I moved to the US so NOONE here has a clue what the RAF even does.

 

So if something takes your fancy go for it.

 

 

I would like to add to the dont list too.

 

Don't get married, at all just dont do it the Military is a single mans profession as soon as you get married those 6 month TDYs that used to suck, now they REALLY suck and you want out of the service.

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steihl    5

I did Small Computer Systems Specialist in the Corps as did Takieyda, I think it's now called Tactical Data something or other, but it did translate into real world jobs when we got out. Unfortunately, neither of us finished our Degree while in the Corps. It can be hard to finish in a 4 year term, but get as much of it done as you can. Yeah, getting married in the military isn't a bright idea either.. there's too much drama with deployments, and the military lifestyle tends to breed subterfuge and infidelity.

 

Though I messed up my life several years after getting out, with the training and experience I had, I was able to land some jobs that would have required college degrees before that and was making right at six figures by the time I was 25. That's a best case scenario. Either way, enjoy your time in Devil Dog!

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draacco    59

Navy Nuke is the way to go. When you get out work for a commercial plant making 100k a year with overtime no degree, just a high school diploma. All training is on site.

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Jaydom    24

First off...

 

Join the AF. Your knees will thank you.

 

Second, get a top secret security clearance. Intel & Comm (nuke too, but fork 2 years of AIT). Ask your recruiter which jobs require a TS.

 

A clearance pretty much equals a job on the outside. Single Scope Background Investigations run up to 150,000 dollars to do. If you're a Intel guy and get out and don't like intel, you can easily go do comm or security work. Vice versa.

 

Third.

 

Join the AF. We get treated better because the AF needs a higher retention rate than any of the other services (due to the technical nature of a lot of our jobs).

 

I've been in 9 years, GWOT my whole time, serving with both the marines and army in the field. Great guys & gals, but man they get chewed up and spit out.

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