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09-22-08, 09:01 PM #1
Questions from a wannabee
Howya doin Marines? I'm new to this forum (although have been reading the posts for some time). So basically here it is. I'm 16, 17 in november, and will probably be done with high school May, '09. I can do 3 miles in 18 minutes, 21 pullups and 109 crunches (timed) in 2 minutes. I do lift weights every now and then, but really just focus on pushups, pullups, crunches, and running; so I think i'm good for the PFT.
But my main question is in academics and whatnot. I was wondering what I should study? So far what i'm studying and learning by heart is the 11 general orders of a sentry, Core values, rank insignias (pay grades and whatnot), Marine Corps hymn, Rifle Creed, Marine Code of conduct (those 6 articles), and the Characteristics of the M16A4 Assault Rifle.
Is that all I should be studying really? Or is there more to it? I havn't really studied the History of the Corps much, but know stuff such as the Birthday, place, and some key things.
My other question is can anyone confirm this information for me?
I looked around on the forum and cuoldn't find anything on the M16A4 so I posted this question.
I did read the forum rules and used the search tool, but didnt' really find what I needed. Thanks.
09-22-08, 10:03 PM #2
You need to fill out your profile.
09-22-08, 10:05 PM #3
Alright I'll fill out my profile now.
09-22-08, 10:07 PM #4
Can you bleed and die??? [ Don't mean to offend ].
09-22-08, 10:17 PM #5
No offense taken.
Profile filled out; not fully, I'll finish it tomorrow morning. I look forward to some answers .
By the way, I joined this forum because I like the atmosphere; I tried the ************* forums, but it was full of people that didn't have serious answers. I got annoyed.
09-23-08, 12:24 AM #6
Don't worry about studying knowledge. No, seriously. You'll pass the test in boot and beyond. If you seriously consider about enlisting in a very near future, spend the little time you have on fun stuff (done responsibly, of course).
You'll repeat the rifle creed so many times you'll be able to sing that sh*t every night before bed. You'll repeat your general orders and you M16A2 specs so many times during humps you'll want to lay down and die.
Seriously, keep up your PT routine and don't lose the motivation. You time would be better spent trying to get contract PFC as a poolee (which is much more useful in boot than knowing your GOs).
09-23-08, 07:53 AM #7
Wow, ok thanks.
Yea PT isn't a problem for me. Only things I worry about is the academics. But since you said not to; I won't. I'll continue studying them, but I guess I'll just keep most of my focus towards getting a perfect 300 :]
When it comes ot crunches in the Marine Corps PFT; do they do real crunches (like barely come off the ground?) or do they do sit up type things? I saw in several videos recruits going with cross arms (fingers pointing at shoulders) and going until they're arms touch their thys. This whole time i've been doing the crunches where you only lift your upper back off the ground... So just some clarification please
09-23-08, 08:32 AM #8
Also, can being scuba certified get me any special benefits or what not? I remember reading from this one guy who was force recon, saying that he had some...scuba certification badge (like the crossed rifles for expert shooter)? Force Recon by the way, is my ultimate goal besides becoming a Mustang
09-23-08, 08:59 AM #9
If you pass the recon indoc and are accepted, you'll get to do both of those courses.
09-23-08, 09:16 AM #10
09-23-08, 10:03 AM #11
Keep in shape, stay motivated and just enjoy life as it is for now.
09-23-08, 11:07 AM #12
You're doing all the right things, just stay outta trouble! Keep training and keep learning. Aside from the Marine Corps knowledge, set personal education goals. If you want to be a Mustanger someday, you'll need further education / degree(s). So keep pushing yourself academically. Although we never stop learning, it's a lot harder and usually more expensive to complete your formal education as you get older. Take any college level equivalent courses that you can now while in HS. Enjoy your youth also as you prepare to be a successful person in life.
09-23-08, 11:09 AM #13
Your definitely going to need to be Scuba and Airborne qualified to attend boot for sure.
09-23-08, 11:11 AM #14
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