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    How could an MP not be active????? If ever you join,,,,,, Join the Army. Marines are Marines at birth,,,,, It's what they do.


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    I was 11 years old at a 4H camp back home right after September 11th and the theme that year was something patriotic. But anyways we were standing in line to check in and then there were 3 Marines yelling and screaming at us. I loved every second of it. I remember one of the Marines had a NCO sword tattoo that went from his armpit all the way down to his ankle. But anyways after the camp was over I told my mom that one day I was going to be a Marine. That's one half of it...the other half was because people told me I couldn't do it.


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    I never thought about being a Marine till i was walking to school on a half day and was stoped by two white recruiter asking me if i wanted a ride to school. I told them F##k NO!!! Jump in a car with two white guys in uniform driving a goverment vehicle. I thought they were child molesters. I later saw them at school the next day and asked if they were the same guys that offered me a ride, they responded F##k NO!!! I went to bootcamp 4 months later.


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    I never had dreams of becoming a Marine as a kid. I never thought about the military at all, in fact. It wasn't until I guess March 2003 or so, I came home from work and saw some report about some soldiers taken prisoner. I remember thinking "I hope those military people come home safe." The next day I saw some bunk report about all of those soldiers being executed. One was a single mother with two kids. That hit home pretty hard as my mother had no help and had two kids. Anyway, I got p*ssed and started going off on one of my infamous rants, *****ing about how that's bullsh*t and I'm going to join now even though **I** may not make a difference, many people with the same goal definitely can. So a month later a Marine recruiter rescued me from my job at the local grocery store, stocking bread (awesome!), and brought me to the RSS. After filling out a bunch of paper work and setting a date to go to MEPS for the first time, I went home and told my mom and step dad. They were surprised, but supportive. I went and told my dad. He said "that's stupid! The governement doesn't care about soldiers! If you die, they'll find someone else to replace you!" Then he told me in the most elequent way a father can..."you're a smart kid. You're not tough. You'll never make it." Fast forward 7 months later, I came home claiming the Title. Then, I meet my daggon wife, get married, buy a house, and get out. I hope this story ends with me winning the lottery for enough to pay off the house and all these bills in the next few months. Re-enlisting will be SO much easier. But then again...why would a Marine want something to come easy??

    These were Deep Thoughts with Sgt Lawler


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    So, you fell for this,,,,,,
    So did a lot of us. Semper Fi.



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    You callin ME sir? Boot. LOL. Love ya, Marine. As I have said before,,,,,,, You were born a Marine.


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    Well, my mother always told me to be respectful to really old people...
    Thanks Sparkie, love you too bro.


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    Believe it or not, it was the fate of an Air Force guy that sent my ass to the nearest recruiter. My dad's life long best friend had a son who went to the Air Force academy....ended up flying Phantoms.He was shot down on November 9th ,1967. I was a mere lad of 16 and Vietnam was only a story I had seen on the news...I'd ask my dad if they had ever found Lance or heard from him,but I'd always get the same answer..."not yet". Well ,that wasn't good enough for me. Things were going much to slow. In April of 1969 this naive little 17 yr old joined the Corps in hope of going over seas to be able to search for our friend. Key word here is NAIVE! I've included a link to a story about my friend Lance Peter Sijan. I never got a chance to look for him.

    http://www.af.mil/news/airman/0196/sijan.htm


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    I was brought up in front of the judge, unfornuately the same one I had seen on numberous occastions, and the said "this time you ******* fool, you really did it. I am going to give you hard time". He then offered me a deal, join the service, get the hell out of town, or go down the river. Right then and there I just knew I was born to be a military man.
    I tried to find the easiest service, I was told to NEVER , NEVER join the corps, or I would go to Leavenworth within 3 days.
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    49 years later if that stupid ass judge was still alive, I would go kiss his ass.


  11. #26
    It was always meant to be with me I guess. My Dad was a Marine Corps Pilot and I kindaa grew up in it. I had my rebelious streak that lasted a lot longer than most (26!!) I joined and stepped on the footprints on my 27th birthday.
    God knows what would have happened to me if I had not joined. The Corps has given me a life that I could have only dreamed of before.

    I LOVE THE CORPS!!!


  12. #27
    I just graduated high school. didn't know what to do. couldn't really afford college. a buddy of mine suggested that we join the Marine Corps. so off we went to the recruiter. Turns out he couldn't pass the asvab and eventually lost interest despite my efforts to help him out. I got in. earned the EGA, Did my service honorably, got out. I got money to pay for college, now. Just glad to know that I could've been working at 10 bucks an hour somewhere had I not joined. Oh and about that buddy of mine who suggested that we join the Corps? He pretty much still has the same ****ty job to this day.


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    i remember i was in the 8th grade and i was doing a school report on the different branches of the military, i had always wanted to be a pilot like tom cruise on top gun, but i was going into the recruiting offices and trying to find information of the different branches of the military, all of the recruiters from the army, navy, and airforce all laughed at me and told me to get the **** out of their offices, so i decided i might as well try the marines, so i went into the marine corps office and they accepted me as an equal right away, told me a 6th grader that i should come to some of the dep functions and work out with the other poolee's so from that day on i knew i was going to join the marines. and to this day i still thank those 4 marine recruiters for giving a little kid a chance. semper fidelis to all of the marine recruiters i know. " ssgt gonzalez, sgt james, sgt dittillo, sgt howle, cpl luzaider, ssgt madson, ssgt ludlow, sgt darby, ssgt hamblin, semper fidelis guys and hopefully we will meet up again someday.


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    My experience began in 1990 when I was 3 years out of high school, thought I knew it all, etc.... I had been working in a machine shop and making some real money for a change after high school, (7.50 an hour+ overtime), when I was laid off along with 33% of the work force within the company. After about 3 days of looking for a job and finding none, I did what my dad had been instructing me to do for years. I went looking at the military. I went down to the recruiter's office, promptly walked into the Army recruit station and there sat this little, fat, unsat., balding, army recruiter with a totally f***ed up uniform on and a mouth full of tobacco that was falling out of his mouth. He looked up from his desk and asked, " Can I help you?" It took me all of about 3 seconds to say no and did an about face. I went to the Marine recruiter's office next door and as soon as my foot crossed the plane of that hatch, a 6'4" Marine in dress blue Deltas jumped up and greeted me at the door with his hand outstretched. He introduced himself and asked if he could help me and I told him to sign me up right then. As they say, the rest is history, and if I would have been smart, I would have done this at 18 instead of 22 and would still be in the Corps upholding the traditions.


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    To be a United States Marine is more than any typical United States citizen could ever accomplish therefore it is an organization of the few and the proud. “Once a Marine, Always a Marine” holds no gender boundaries. Women have become a big part of the history of the Corps as well. I wanted to be a part of that history and I decided to sacrifice all personal opinions, comforts and life to take on the status of a United States Marine. My family was proud as most are. My father was especially proud because he served two years in the Marine Corps. I think joining made our relationship better as we didn’t have much of one before. Friends were proud of me too but would never understand the changes I made. I came along way from growing up in a childhood of not having much money for anything and where my parents put me second. I proved anyone can overcome anything and do great things in life no matter how they’re brought up. I was ecstatic with my new journey in life as a United States Marine.

    Being a Marine means being part of one of the greatest military organizations in history. In my time as a Marine I’ve learned many things. I became part of a team and worked together to get the job done. I also acquired skills to problem solve and apply logistics to situations to get the job done. I learned to be independent and responsible. I gained self-confidence and the courage to do things I had never done before. I am honest, dependable and organized and was able to show my qualities when performing my duties. I have found that I am able to overcome obstacles and achieve anything I set my mind to do so. I came to understand that always striving to better myself and education is really important. I attended college for the first time in my life after a Marine I worked with motivated me in that direction. I started believing in myself and realized I have accomplished so much. I have lived by standards that others will seek to emulate. Not anywhere else would you find someplace to work where someone would do anything to help a fellow Marine in a time of need and have your back at any moment.

    As Marines we stick out because of our professionalism, manner, and the way we handle the job. Being a Marine means doing whatever it takes to protect themselves, their fellow comrades, their family, and their nation. The most important thing that I will ever take from the Marine Corps is the sense of family and camaraderie.


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