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  1. You guys may be interested in reading Robert...

    You guys may be interested in reading Robert Heinlein's book, Starship Troopers. Don't watch the movie as it doesn't explain things as well.

    Essentially, in the book, military service is optional....
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    Your waiver is at the Eastern Recruiting Command,...

    Your waiver is at the Eastern Recruiting Command, which is headquartered out of PI. Your recruiter is likely quite correct. If Eastern Recruiting gives the OK, you're golden. If they say no, you're...
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    Getting into the Marine Reserves shouldn't be too...

    Getting into the Marine Reserves shouldn't be too big of a deal, but are you aware that you will still have to attend Marine boot camp and infantry training battalion? Also, you will take a drop in...
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    Unless you are going into the Reserves, you will...

    Unless you are going into the Reserves, you will not be able to pick your exact MOS, just the field.

    The exact MOS is determined on the needs of the Corps at the time.
  5. From personal experience, a recruit is allowed to...

    From personal experience, a recruit is allowed to only miss X-amount of training. In my day (1971), that was a maximum of three days. I got very ill during snapping-in week at the range. At the...
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    First, you are assuming you will be an operator,...

    First, you are assuming you will be an operator, not a mech. If you get 3531 (operator), in school you will be qualified on a few basic vehicles with the opportunity to qualify on others after you...
  7. I forgot to add a couple of admonishments. Please...

    I forgot to add a couple of admonishments. Please complete more of your profile so we know who we're talking with.

    Also, Marine and Marine Corps are ALWAYS capitalized.
  8. We're not doctors, and certainly not MEPS...

    We're not doctors, and certainly not MEPS doctors, but I've seen people with worse injuries get waivers. Your tumor was benign and surveillance MRIs all negative, so that is all positive for your...
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    You and Chulaivet are correct in that boot camp...

    You and Chulaivet are correct in that boot camp is mostly an exercise in mental fitness.

    The IST is important at this stage for you as that is the test your recruiter and, early-on, your drill...
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    What's on Oki that appeals to you so much? The...

    What's on Oki that appeals to you so much? The first time I was there, it still belonged to the US and was a fun place to be stationed. Now they keep adding restrictions on liberty because Americans...
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    It's hard to say. The famous "It depends" comes...

    It's hard to say. The famous "It depends" comes into effect here.

    It depends on when she graduates from MOS school, where she is transferred after school (if she graduates the schoolhouse before...
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    You would have to be in a four-year college to...

    You would have to be in a four-year college to attend PLC. Freshmen do not attend the PLC program in any event, your first half of OCC would be between your sophomore and junior years.

    To get...
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    I shifted to Windows 10 some months ago. For me,...

    I shifted to Windows 10 some months ago. For me, the transition worked smoothly and I had few issues However, I have friends who had no end of problems and went back to 8.1. Other friends were like...
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    I met our Heavy on my second trip to Okinawa. We...

    I met our Heavy on my second trip to Okinawa. We went out for dinner and drinks a couple of times. He was a SSgt then and I was a Sgt. Really nice guy when he wasn't wearing the Hat. We were his last...
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    I was (am) very happy and proud to have been a...

    I was (am) very happy and proud to have been a Marine. I have had the experience of going to war with the Marine Corps and Air Force. I would never go to war with the AF again if I was paid a million...
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    Yeah, I did Bridgeport in 1975. Had a good time...

    Yeah, I did Bridgeport in 1975. Had a good time except for the hike up the mountain from the base camp. I was not a grunt, but was attached to an infantry company for the week of climbing,...
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    My oldest daughter is in the Air Force Reserves....

    My oldest daughter is in the Air Force Reserves. When she first went to basic, she had the same choice, short or long. She chose short and was thankful that she did. It saved her a lot of time in the...
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    The MEPS doctors decide whether a waiver has to...

    The MEPS doctors decide whether a waiver has to go higher (to BUMED). They have guidelines they follow. The more positive documentation you have from your civilian doctors, the better the chances of...
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    If your waiver has to go to BUMED, three to six...

    If your waiver has to go to BUMED, three to six months is not an unusual wait time.

    Your ASVAB score may have some bearing at the recruiting district level, but BUMED pays no attention to it.
  20. You're going to get fried on this thread. I will...

    You're going to get fried on this thread. I will be gentle, however.

    First, if you're worried about going into combat, you picked the wrong branch of service.

    Your "buddy" and you should be in...
  21. Wow, has this thread been hijacked. Lets bring it...

    Wow, has this thread been hijacked. Lets bring it back on the OP's topic a little more.
  22. Getting your bachelors at 29 isn't so bad. I was...

    Getting your bachelors at 29 isn't so bad. I was much older when I got mine (in my 40s).

    Based on what I have learned here and elsewhere, the recruiter is right when it comes to taking college...
  23. Thread: Need Help

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    BUMED is the Navy Bureau of Medicine. That is the...

    BUMED is the Navy Bureau of Medicine. That is the outfit that controls all medical and dental treatment, care, and decision making in the Dept of the Navy (including the Marine Corps). If BUMED says...
  24. Thread: Need Help

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    A 3P discharge (medical reasons) requires a...

    A 3P discharge (medical reasons) requires a waiver from Headquarters, Marine Corps, but only after the recruiting people and BUMED all OK one. If you were coded as a fraudulent enlistment, your...
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    Thread moved to Ask a Marine. Jenna, please...

    Thread moved to Ask a Marine.

    Jenna, please complete more of your profile so we have a better idea who we're talking with.

    What were you discharged for? What did you admit at the MOT?
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