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01-01-12, 10:43 AM #16
On the positive side, once you are a grunt it will stay with you your entire life. Many men and women will admire you (I've actually been told that many times), and some (those that doubt themselves) may actually say you were just trying to be macho. But, during my time grunts were kind of segregated from everyone else. In the Nam for instance there certainly weren't any pretty ladies around for us to impress. And when I was a cop I spent most of my time in the projects. Who were we trying to be macho to, each other? BS.
Simply put, grunts are a different kind of Marine. They think different, act different, talk different (for instance there are at least 50+ different meanings for the F word). And let's not forget at times we certainly smell different. Grunts just see the world differently. And let's not forget that sometimes we are considered to be a little outspoken.
Some perceive grunts as reckless, but when you have a committed plan and the confidence to take action there is definitely method to our actions. To a grunt living a long life and dying of old age is for wusses. And yet, as time has gone by, some of us actually accomplish that - and it doesn't look so bad now.
01-01-12, 01:12 PM #17
High respects to the grunts out there lost my 03 contract...shipped out early boot camp, was alot better then being homeless. If I ever get to chance Ill raise my hand and unlike some POGs I know and go outside the wire. I didn't earn the title to work on to fix lights. Trackin'??
01-01-12, 01:36 PM #18
The OP said he wants 0311 but was just wondering what else he might like.
And one answer is, who knows what they would like until they actually do that job?
In my era, we were assigned MOSs, period. We could not pick the field nor the job. Except "Aviation Guaranteed". Otherwise, classification tests in boot camp and the ever-present "Needs of the Corps" dictated what MOS we got.
We had absolutely no say in what job we got. And we didn't even care.
I happened to be told to be a 2571, now it's 2621, Morse Code Intercept Operator. Naturally they sent us to a Navy school for that MOS.
And it was the best job I ever had, by far, including my present one.
But the point is----I didn't know anything about 2571. But ended up loving the job.
So there are probably many MOSs that you would like to be involved in, but not having been exposed to any of them, how would you know in advance what you would like or dislike? So the answer is, there are a number of jobs in the Corps that you would like and a number of jobs you would dislike.
The original question wasn't about 0311, he said he wanted it and got it, but said he was just wondering, what else was around.
Sometimes getting a particular MOS will surprise the recipient, and he or she may love it, or hate it, who knows.
(I hate to see the present situation, though, and this is the subject of a hundred other threads-----what can the Corps do for ME? In the old days, we joined up to be Marines, first and foremost, we didn't care if we drove a truck or listened to some nitwit enemy operator sending Morse Code. Nowadays, we gotta get the job we love, or we hesitate to join. Enough of this part of my post, though, for obvious reasons.)
My particular era is gone---never to return. I recognize that.
01-01-12, 01:51 PM #19
Disclaimer! I was not at all refering to THIS original poster re the idea of reluctance to join if the MOS isn't right-----not at all------I'm referring to many other threads by other posters, not this OP....gotta clarify that immediately, forgot to in my last post.
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