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05-30-12, 10:15 AM #1
Reenlistment time. Need sound advice please..
I'm an active duty CPL contemplating the drill field. My chain of command's career planner doesn't give two 'thought' about my career and it's hard to put my life in someone elses hands, especially when they don't take pride in what they do. He copy and pasted me a package to reenlist in my MOS and have a deferred package, saying i am interested in Drill Duty, until I am promoted to SGT then he says I will go to DI school. But isn't deferring my package screwing me in the end? His reasoning for deferring my package is to keep me at my current duty station until I pick up, then i'll go to DI school, because apparently if I reenlisted to go to another station and staying in my MOS, I would have to have a certain amount of time on my new duty station. How much time would I have to spend at my station until I could go become a Drill Instructor? and what the hell should I do? I've talked to three other career planners, but let's just say where I am stationed, not too many Marines actually give a F. Any advice would be great, even if you're telling me to quit my 'whining'.
-Cpl of Marines.
05-30-12, 03:04 PM #2
Cpl, I'll give it a whirl, and whether you like my first impression will be totally up to you, but let me start with this:
You say your chain of command's CP doesn't give two "thought" about your career. Career planners do their jobs, tell you options, give direction, but NOBODY is going to care about YOUR career more than YOU. It is your career, and so the first thing you need to do is take the bull by the horns, thoroughly know your options, and it is you who will make the call.
Other thoughts are inserted below.
05-30-12, 04:57 PM #3
Normally, there is a minimum time on station requirement to cut down on moving personnel (it costs the Government money to move you so doesn't make sense to do it too soon/often). I believe he is giving you good scoop on that account.
I was never on the Drill Field so am not really qualified to say but normally speaking, when it comes to special duty assignments (DI/Recruiter/MSG), the more experience and maturity you have, the better your chances of being successful. That may be why he wants to see you stay and pick up Sgt before going to DI school. I was on MSG twice and also the Ops Chief at MSG School and can say without a doubt maturity played a key role in successful MSG's.
Just a couple thoughts; hope they help and good luck. Let us know how it works out for you.
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