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02-23-10, 03:08 PM #256
Was your son with 3/24? Had a bunch of buddies with them that just got back too.
02-23-10, 05:51 PM #257
11-07-10, 08:54 PM #258
Dono.... how is your Marine?
I have a son in MCRD SD. I enjoyed reading the 17 pages, and wondered how your son is doing since your Feb. 10 post
11-08-10, 04:10 AM #259
Those who do well at guide end up with a stripe out of basic for sure. It can be a pain in the ass job. I never was one. We had a giant kiss ass for our guide in bootcamp. 20 months out I saw the same guy in Korea and I was a stripe ahead of him.
11-08-10, 04:13 AM #260
11-08-10, 04:19 AM #261
Sunday was "fukk-fukk" day for my platoon after we came back from the chapel. If you were atheist, you got fire watch until everyone else got back from the chapel. Generally no training except PT organized on the quarterdeck by the duty drill instructor who got bored. Our worst Sunday was the one where we had lost the initial drill competition in the most prolific way- butt naked last of all the platoons in our series. After chapel and lunch it was on....7-8 recruits on the quarterdeck at a time doing PT, slugging down canteens of water until we puked, and then doing it again once it was our turn...from after lunch until just before dinner. We WON final drill...hell yes we did.
10-27-11, 03:13 PM #262
He's in second year at the local university, with about a 3.8 GPA and working two jobs. Has his own apartment and a paid off car and motorcycle.
Pretty good for a 21 year old, I gotta say. About a million miles ahead of me when I was 21.
02-13-12, 04:35 PM #263
Got word that he is accepted for PLC. First session at Quantico after semester end - in May I think.
08-23-12, 10:34 AM #264
First six week increment at Quantico completed. He ranked 4th in class - three other prior service finished ahead. But, he was pleased with 4th because he did not have to do anything for the graduation ceremony. He scored his first 300 pft and was really proud of that !
08-23-12, 10:26 PM #265
This thread is one of the best on this website. I thoroughly enjoyed reading and following your son's path into the Corps and sense your pride. Dad, congratulations on your son's achievement. It seems like he's going to be an excellent leader of Marines, one whom I would be pleased to be part of if I was much younger.
Fair Winds and Following Seas
08-24-12, 07:11 AM #266
Thank you for those kind words. It was the Marines, of course, who made the thread what it is. Every question I asked was answered quickly with knowledge and a good helping of wit. It's ended up being exactly the kind of thing I began looking for on that first day that Ben told me "Dad, I want to be a Marine." And the credit is to the Marine Corps family. I knew a (very) little about the Corps. I know a little now. One thing I like to repeat came from a Marine I worked with.
When I told him that Ben had completed recruit training he told me
"You're part of the family now. You will find out what that means."
I have found out a little about that and I get a little misty when I ponder it.
08-24-12, 12:53 PM #267
That is very true and like the other posters, "Welcome to our family." The Marine Corps is the smallest of the service branches, but we are the proudest. We will always be at your "Six."
10-12-12, 05:44 PM #268
Dono, Thank you and the Marines, Marine Family Members and Marine Friends for posting these past few years. It's been inspirational for me to read about your journey along with your Marine.My son will be attending MEPS next week in Niagara Falls to officially become a "Poolee".
I couldn't believe it when he told me he wanted to be a Marine. I wasn't diappointed by any means, just surprised. He has had a Marine Corps Flag hanging in his room for years, but I always thought it was a "passing phase". I asked him why he wanted to be a Marine, he looked me straight in the eyes like a man and said, "Because I want to make a difference." Then I asked, why the Marines? (again, no disappointment, just surprise) "Because they're the best. I want to be a part of the best." Sounds a little cheesy I know, but that's what he said. He's had several friends become Marines and I know he looks up to them and what they're doing with their lives.
I can't even look at him now without seeing the man he's becoming and feeling an immense sense of pride in him. He's somehow different already; his character, the way he carries himself, the respect he gives his family and he still has another year of high school ahead of him. For the first time in his life, he knows exactly what he wants and he's going after it with his whole being. His recruiter has been incredible and a wealth of information and support for our family as well as a tremendous influence on my son.
I'm looking forward to the journey we will take with our son. I couldn't be prouder of him and the decision he has made. Thank you again for your posts. I'm sure I'll continue to read them as they're sure to answer many of the questions I'll have along the journey. Otherwise, I'll be posting them on this site with the hopes of having the same type of support you've recieved from the folks here.
Take care & God Bless. - Jeff
Last edited by Lisa 23; 10-12-12 at 05:51 PM.
10-15-12, 03:31 PM #269
It is gratifying to hear positive comments. Thanks for taking the time. Sounds like your son has the inner motivation to work toward the goal. If you are seeing him change now, you ain't seen nothing compared to what you see when you go to P. I. for Graduation Day. You MUST, at all costs, be there.
12-29-12, 11:15 AM #270
End of year update: Ben will be promoted to Sergeant in January. He's on track to graduate a semester early - December 2013. He's hoping this will get him an early slot for second increment OCS in Quantico. He's ramping up the PT including running - he really is not a lover of the running - I think being 6'3" with a size 14 foot has something to do with that.
There's some talk of the unit deploying, but as an officer candidate, we gets exemption.
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