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Going into Marine Reserves

Discussion in 'Members' Lounge' started by Dustin_m, Nov 20, 2003.

  1. Dustin_m

    Dustin_m Active Member

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    Yeah, well i decided to go for the marines after looking at the different branches. They are going to give me $19,000 for college, which will be paid monthly over 3 1/2 years starting right after boot camp, for signing for 6 years. Also the offer a program called PLC, which is basically training to be an Officer. If i decide to go for this program, instead of just 19k i will get 19k PER Year, until i finish my degree. Then when i graduate, i stop being on reserve status, and i become active for four years. But the good thing is i start off as an officer since i have a degree, and they start out at around 60k per year.

    I know a few others in here are military, so give me your thoughts on this. oh yeah, I took my ASVAB last week and scored a 90. Just wondering what some of you guys scored on it. Next i have my physical on Saturday, then i will get my exact day for Boot Camp, which i know will be in June for sure. The good thing is too, the boot camp is here in San Diego, and so is the reserve unit, so i will stay here.

    Oh and my job is gonna be Supply Administration and blah blah . But basically i will be keeping track of a wharehouse, doing inventory, data entry, and other shit. I talked with a guy that works at the same unit and does that, and he said it's a fun job.

    Overall, i think this will be a cool experience and i look forward to next summer..
     
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    Cool deal.

    I did 4 years active in the USAF. Got out cause I never ever NEVER wanted to be assigned to the UN again. But all in all man I had a blast, learned alot, and got to travel.

    If I had it all to do over again I would have went into the Coast Guard... believe it or not the Coast Gaurd came to my house asking me to sign up but I declined and went into the AF cause my grandfather was Army Air Corps, Dad was AF, and one of my brothers was AF.

    Keep your head up. Basic is a mind game and alot of physical demands. Study when you got time and always always "PAY ATTENTION TO DETAIL!"

    hehe you will hear that alot

    Good luck and have fun :thumbsup:
     
  3. lude68

    lude68 Senior Member

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    Well man im in the Army Reserves and i get $4500 a yr for school, $482 a month while in school, $330 for being in rotc(which is basically training to be an officer like yourself) and i will be getting paid as and E-5 while in school. Ill get around $1100 a month to do my monthly drill and PT 3 times a week. Plus $10K in student loans. not counting my sign on bonus i got. I am going to be a Communication Specialist. They basically tell the jets where to bomb the bitches :D ! But other than the money difference I am not obligated to go into active duty. If i have to go fight ill go and kick some ass (just ask MWVNOS on here and hell tell you). I thought about the marines and seriously considered it. i have a few friends in the marines and they love it (of course they are active) but i decided not to go when my son was born! But anyways.. Best of luck to you man! and keep us posted when you leave for boot camp! its going to be a blast :lol: ! jk man!
     
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    TurboMirage YEEAAAHHH VIP

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    i was in the army for 9 months, but i failed my physical after i graduated from ait... then got sent home. (it wasnt drugs or anything) if i did it again, i would have gone air force.
     
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    Wycked Sniper Senior Member

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    Army: ASVAB=98 As far as your decision goes, I say nice choice and good luck. I know I wouldn't ever change my decision to join. As for the officer choice :angry: . I'm just playing with you, if you get a chance, go for it. It's just my opinion, but I preferred enlisted ranks all the way. Good luck with everything and God Bless.
     
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    Go for it! Good luck...
     
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    jamesA Well known pissed off telephone guy VIP

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    I have a thought...

    um.........good luck...and Thanks a bunch. :thumbsup: :worthy:
     
  8. Dustin_m

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    COOL, thanks. Yeah it should be good, because basically i should get my degree in another four years, then i will only be 23 and making 60k a year, so that can't be beat. Besides my degree will most likely be for Architecture, and there's no damn way that i could make that much straight outta college. Average income for first year architects is 35k, so who knows, if i like the marines, i could just stay there and not really use the degree until i retire, and even then i would only be like 40 and starting a second career.
     
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    I am going to Marine Basic in December... and will be active, active for my country.
     
  10. xj0hnx

    xj0hnx I wanna be sedated VIP

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    The military isn't for everybody, if you think you can deal with a TON of BS, then go for it. Been in the Army for a few years now, and it is worth it, even on the shittiest days.
     
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    hope you enjoy it and good luck, stay safe.
     
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    Good choice! I am an active duty Marine stationed at Camp Pendleton, CA. I left for boot camp last July at the age of 25 and I am now a 26-year-old Lance Corporal (E-3). I work in avionics calibration. You have a tremendous opportunity. I went to college back in '95 when I graduated high school and I proceeded to waste time and money by not applying myself. I dropped out and worked shitty jobs and finally got back in school and got an Associate's degree. I decided that the miltary could give me some sorely needed discipline and direction. I only visited Marine recruiters after talking to my cousin who did the exact same program you are about to begin. Anyway, when I look back I wish I had possessed the motivation, initiative, and self-discipline to do something like the program you have decided on. But I can't go back in time so I make the most of my situation and work toward the future. My point is, take advantage of what is being offered to you and you will do fine. Let me know if I can tell you anything about the Marine Corps.
     
  13. Dustin_m

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    Thats cool, yeah i will start off as Private First Class (E-2) because of my college credits. My recruiters go to Miramar about every weekend and take the new guys to get ready for boot camp, so i hope to get in good shape before it, and hopefully earn another rank before i get out. Hey, about how much did your cousin earn during his weekend drills? They told me that i would probably be getting 2-300 a month, but later on i could be getting like 800 a month.
     
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    join the AF its better trust me... :D
     
  15. Dustin_m

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    I considered AF, and if all i wanted was to get my college paid for, then i would do it. But the thing is, i want it for the experience also, what i mean is the discipline and learning all the different things that i will learn. I know that the AF is good, but it is not as physically demanding, and that is what i want right now. A lot of my family was in AF, and my grandpa was even a POW in Germany in WW2, his Mustang got shot down. So it's not like i don't respect it, but it's just not for me i think.
     
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    Trust me, you made the right decision with the Marines, but all our Armed Forces do their particular jobs very well. I do not know what kind of money my cousin made but it was several years ago (he just finished his 6 year commitment about a 2 years ago). But, whatever they tell you is probably right. I also came in as an E-2 because of college credits. In the AF we would start off as E-3 but who cares?
     
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