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    Intel or Tanks?

    My goal has always been to be a Marine. I'm 21 years old and just graduated college. Long story, I decided to enlist instead of go for a commission, but I'm torn between going 0200 or 1800.

    On one hand, I want to go into tanks because it seems exciting and physical and hoorah, but it does not provide many opportunities if I decide to get out after 4 years.

    Intelligence seems very interesting and it offers many opportunities, but it doesn't seem like it provides the hoorah experience I was looking for. It also requires 5 years instead of 4.

    Any Marines have any input they could offer?


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    One thing to consider is that you are enlisting in a field not a MOS. If you enlist under 18xx that doesn't guarantee you will be placed in tanks. When I was at AAV school a lot of my buddies there enlisted in hopes of getting tank crewman but were placed in AAV's.


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    Quote Originally Posted by sandman0621 View Post
    One thing to consider is that you are enlisting in a field not a MOS. If you enlist under 18xx that doesn't guarantee you will be placed in tanks. When I was at AAV school a lot of my buddies there enlisted in hopes of getting tank crewman but were placed in AAV's.
    That is true and I'm also keeping that in mind. I would still be happy being placed in AAV or EFV.


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    Well why do you want to join the Corps? Those are very different jobs. Give briefs and paper work or have a combat Mos?


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    Quote Originally Posted by sandman0621 View Post
    Well why do you want to join the Corps? Those are very different jobs. Give briefs and paper work or have a combat Mos?
    I want to serve my country in the best branch the United States has. I want to fight for my country and do my time, but at the same time I have to be realistic because I will need a job when I get out at 26 or 27 years old so I can start a family.

    Intel looks like it will provide many good opportunities when I get out. While I'm in, I can still go to a lot of schools and maybe join a Radio Recon unit or something similar. At the same time, operating in a tank or a AAV just seems badass.


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    For one, just being Intel in the Marines does not make getting a job when you get out a given. Sure the clearance helps, but it's not a given and shoot, you might not like the job. Also, if you enlist under Intel, that encompasses both 0200 and 2600; Radio Recon is only open to 2600's.


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