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10-27-10, 11:34 AM #1
How Did It Come About That You Joined The Corps?
This is a little different than just the question "why?"
It goes into the circumstances at the time and your choice and how you came to decide.
I dropped out of high school after two years, decided I was going to go into the military for four years, not three or two, and it was then a matter of choosing what branch. I went to all the recruiters, a familiar story. But having already decided on 4 in the military, I said since it is 4, I might as well go into the BEST service, i.e. the most elite, the most demanding.
No one had said a word to me about becoming a Marine, no recruiter sought me out, I did not even go inside the recruiting station yet, after having been everywhere else. I did not know anyone who had been in the USMC, no one from my own family had.
Initially I had decided to go around and talk to the different recruiters and get a picture in my mind of what each service was like. I made the rounds, Air Force, Navy, Army, Coast Guard.
My last stop was the USMC recruiting office.
On the window outside it said U.S. MARINE CORPS RECRUITING OFFICE. And the U.S. Marine Corps part of it just got me. I said well, this branch is known to be the best, everyone knows it, even the other services' recruiters. So in I went......never regretted it......my mother signed for me and two weeks after turning 17 I was at Parris Island at the wonderful Receiving Barracks, Halloween Night, 31 Oct 63, thinking to myself "Trick or treat". Perfect night for arriving at that place.
10-27-10, 11:42 AM #2
Perhaps not that much different than the general question of "why", but I was more interested in the steps you took, how you made the decision, what influenced you etc
10-27-10, 12:06 PM #3
I graduated HS and started University. Partied a bit too hard and my deferment took a nose dive. Received the letter that started with, "Greetings: You are hereby ordered for induction into the Armed Forces of the United States..." I walked into the local Marine Recruiters Office....signed the paper work and was gone.
My brother spent four and I spent eight. We knew what to expect in boot and were prepared. The only time I questioned the intelligence of my decision was when I was on the yellow foot prints and p!ssed off a DI which led to my teaching the rest of the recruits how to do the wonderful Bend and Thrusts.
I am not particularly brave, courageous, nor even very smart. But I am a US Marine which makes up for all my other failings. - DrZ
"Some people live an entire lifetime wondering if they've made a difference in the world, Marines don't have that problem." President Ronald Regan
DrZ is the internet name I selected in the early days at University. So keep in mind I never was a DevilDoc.
Si Vis Pacem Para bellum
10-27-10, 12:11 PM #4
After I got kicked out of college (big surprise, huh), I was all set to join the Army (nursing). Well, my brother was 82nd Airborne at the time and was not thrilled about it and had a little "chat" with me. So I said FU, I want to join the best and went to the recruiters office and shipped out the next month. No regrets.
10-27-10, 12:13 PM #5
I graduated high school in June of 1967 at 17. I just barely had the credits to graduate and I guess that I was just pushed forward so they didnt have to deal with me for another year. My parents refused to sign for me to enlist as they had reservations about the war in Vietnam and fancied me more as a dentist. You need to understand that in those days the draft was on the books. You registered at 18 and by 18.5 you were gone to bullet bait unless you had some way out of it. I figured that if I was going to go to war I wanted to be with the best to improve my survival odds, so I chose the Marines. The day I turned 18 I went to see the recruiter and two weeks later I was at MCRD San Diego. Imagine if you can having your mom drop you off at the Oakland Police station so that they could safely get you to AFEES (MEPS today) as the demonstrators blocked the streets around the center. I had absolutely no idea what awaited me at MCRD and was in shock until after the rifle range. I have never regreted my decision and believe it was one of the best I ever made.
No better friend/No worse enemy
10-27-10, 12:22 PM #6
I had just turned 18 in Feb 65 when three of best friends and I dicided to go into the service after high school before we got drafted. Joined and 120 days later was standing on those yellow foot prints at MCRD Dego. Have never regreeted it best thing I ever did in my life.
10-29-10, 03:05 PM #7
Kind of going with no direction, decided to straighten up and fly right, the Corps would help me do that, then I got er done!
10-29-10, 04:17 PM #8
Everybody I new told me I was crazy to be thinkin of joining the Marines. I was 18 just out of high school in the summer of 82. On Sept the 26th (of 82)I told my boss to shove this job. On my way home that night from my buddys my car ran out of gas. I was scheduled for my asvab test the next morning. I went to Boston with my reqruiter and took the test. Ater the test he comes up to me as says they had a guy back out would i be interested in going to Boot Camp today!!! I said what the hell, no job, my car out of gas why not. So he says lets take a physical. I passed and he says call your Mom and Dad and tell them you wont be home for dinner for about 3 months! The next morning I was on the footprints. I went in a smart ass little kid and came out a man. I loved my time in the Corps and wouldnt trade that experience for any other. SEMPER FI MARINES!!!!
10-30-10, 01:16 PM #9
I didn't want to be an anonymous draftee in the Vietnam war. I wanted to go to college after high school but I didn't want to play the college deferment game. Looked like they would probably be calling up lots of reserve units so I decided to get in one and attend college at the same time. If I had to go to war, better to go with my hometown 'band of brothers'.
I looked into the Navy Reserves (Join the Navy, see the world) but I didn't like meeting once a week. Marines next door met only once a month and the troops looked pretty sharp (for reservists). SSGT Estes, resplendent in his dress blues, came over to our house and wowed us over - even my WW-II POW Army dad.
11-16-10, 09:14 PM #10
I had to get away from my family so I took the easy way out. A ticket out of state, room and board taken care of, and a check on top of that, it was irressistable.
Besides, I was a fan of the PTO history of WW2 and was hoping to get on a Wespac. Unfortunately all I saw was Gitmo, the stumps and LeJuenne. Oo-Rah
11-17-10, 12:46 AM #11
One of my best friends called me from Reno and told what awesome training they had in bridgeport and you actually get paid to do it. He was on a 96 and actually got bussed to Reno LOL.
I was cooking the late late shift at Dennys and working in a garage during the day.
Went down and seen a recruiter and presto.
11-17-10, 02:02 PM #12
Ten days after my 17th birthday ,September 1965, I was @ Parris Island .I always wanted to be a Marine and follow friends and relatives that went before me.I never considered another branch of the military.I wanted to go to Vietnam and the Corps made it happen,albeit took until Feb,1968 before I got there.
11-17-10, 06:03 PM #13
Same here, the Corps was my choice from the first day I decided to go into the military for four years. Might as well join the best, if you are going to do the 4
11-17-10, 07:08 PM #14
i wanted to become a Marine Paratrooper but they did away with that organization so i joined the Marine Corps in 1948
11-17-10, 07:09 PM #15
The Old Corps! Semper Fi....
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