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Considering joining the Marines - May 31st 2013, 06:34 AM

For about a year now I have been thinking about a possible career field I wanted to go into. For a few months I was considering going to college but the whole ordeal just doesn't appeal to me.
I have a long family history of military service or something of the sort, litteraly going back to the 1600's. The whole idea of joining up didn't start to enter my mind till a few months ago, a few talks with my father and a Marines corps recruiter and I am pretty convinced.

More so than anything else, I want someone a bit older than me who might have some experience with the military to give me a bit of advice on this.
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Re: Considering joining the Marines - June 6th 2013, 06:22 AM

I don't personally have experience in this but I do have family that have been in various parts of the military. If this is your dream then definitely follow it!
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Re: Considering joining the Marines - June 6th 2013, 05:38 PM

Hey there,

I think joining the military is a great idea, but you need to make sure it's something that you want to do and talking with more experienced people in the military is a great idea. I unfortunately have no experience (haha.) but does anyone ever come to your school maybe during lunch to talk to students who may be interested? I know at my school during lunch many military personnel come and someone's interested they can go ask questions and talk to them about joining the military.

If not, maybe try searching around your town to see if there's anyone around who is or has been in the military and might be able to give you some insight about it.

Good luck!

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Re: Considering joining the Marines - June 6th 2013, 09:31 PM

I admire your decision, if this is what you go on to do. Not many have the bravery and determination it takes to become a Marine.

On that same note, consider strongly the fact that you may come back in pieces, or not at all. My cousin stepped on an IED in Afghanistan, and lost his leg; it changed his life. He had to fight for disability, and now (although he received a Purple Heart) he may not be able to go onto college for free, due to budget cuts. It also changed the life of another young man he was acquainted with, who lost not only one leg, but three limbs altogether. The medic who rushed to my cousin's aid after he lost his leg stepped on another IED, and never made it home to his wife and kids.

The Marine Corps has a proud heritage, but consider the heritage of blood that it also has. If you can consider this, and (knowing these consequences fully) go on to Parris Island, then you are a greater man than many who go there expecting a video game-like environment. Like my cousin, for instance.

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Re: Considering joining the Marines - June 16th 2013, 09:48 AM

I would consider looking at a branch where you can learn a trade. My boyfriend receives an excellent salary because of the skills he learned while he was in the Navy, however, some of his Marine buddies cannot find jobs because they don't have a similar skill set.
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