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06-20-12, 03:10 AM #1
advice would be appreciated
I've been giving the USMC a lot of serious thought lately. My cousin was a captain and two of my buddies are lcpl's so I have been fortunate to gain some valuable knowledge from them. But, at the same time im always looking to know more. If any marines could offer me up some tips or advise, whether it be on bootcamp, questions I should ask a recruiter etc etc I would appreciate it. Also I need about 3-5 months to get in the shape I need to be in. If I commit myself im all in. I will be able to do 20+ pull ups 100 crunches and my cardio will be there. If I commit myself I want to be the best marine I can be, that being said im not where I need to be physically right now. Im a strong guy I work out often, wrestle, eat right but my cardio is not there. Im 5-11 205 lbs would like to be at 190...last question can i just walk into a recruiting office? Thanks Marines for all you do!
06-20-12, 07:29 AM #2
My advice is to stick around and read a little here, most if not all of your questions have been ansered mutiple time over the years. Try doing a little site search.
If this, if that -- what if questions, especially your type should be answered by yourself. Or can be.
Let me ask you this -> What valuable knowledge did you get from your lcpl buddies?
Finally, Marines is spelled with a capital M. If you want to get anything answered on this site you should learn the basics, first.
06-20-12, 09:48 AM #3
Your questions are pretty lame. It seems like you need to figure out if the Marine Corps is what you want in your life or not then you can go from there.
Things to think about:
1. What jobs are you interested in?
2. Are you looking for a challege?
3. Are you ready to start a new life and move away from home for atleast 4 years?
Hundreds of questions come to mind when trying to make your decision. Just make sure you know why your joining and that its what you really want and never look back. If you join for the wrong reasons you will hate your life.
06-20-12, 09:51 AM #4
Recruiters spend a lot of time out of their offices. If you just walk in, you're likely to find the office closed. They do carry their cell phones with them so better to call and set up an appointment; may save you a trip. You can find their number in your phone book.
06-20-12, 02:11 PM #5
My apologies for not capitalizing Marines. I do have a lot of "if I join" "if I commit" type questions because that is where im at right now. Im trying to decide trying to figure out all i can and then I will make the decision for myself. My one buddy lcpl pyznarski was out at twentynine palms for a while then he was in Virginia now hes a reserve armor. My other buddy lcpl stringer is active in aurora colorado. I cant remember exactly what Stringer does but I know it's along the lines of fixing radios. I think I would be interested in being a bulk fuel specialist and eventually trying to be an MSG. Lastly, I did not mean any disrespect on here, just trying to get all the info/advise I can from you guys. Thanks
06-20-12, 03:59 PM #6
This is a good time to talk to a recruiter. They can go over the benefits, etc. which will open up more questions. October is when the new fiscal year starts and jobs (MOS) will be available. This will give you a few months to work on your cardio. There is no obligation talking to a recruiter but it would be in your best interest to get the ball rolling sooner than later (if you wait till after October the list of avilable MOS's will shrink). You can talk to the recruiter aout this. Go ahead and meet with your recruiter then come back and let us know how it went. Nobody is saying you have to make any decisions about anything but you'll at least have a lot more information which is what you're after anyway.
I served two tours on the MSG program and also worked at MSG school during my career. If you have any specific questions about the selection process, training at school, or what MSG's actually do, just send me a PM and I'll try to answer. One thing you need to keep in mind for the future. To be a MSG, you must possess a final top secret security clearance which means you have to pass a special background investigation. To pass, you need to have a clean police record along with high moral character (investigators will talk to former teachers, employers, etc.). This investigation costs the government thousands of dollars.
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