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03-27-09, 09:46 AM #16
Regardless, a Marine will never come out of boot camp today as anything higher than an E-3, even with prior service.
03-27-09, 09:54 AM #17
Yes, E4 was buck sgt. the doggie was equal to gunny(E6) while in the Army.
03-27-09, 10:04 AM #18
well,Im prior service and I have a degree...and the highest rank ill be looking at
'upon graduation from recruit training' is E3....Im enlisting under CEP program...
03-27-09, 11:06 AM #19
You might look at E-3 but chances are, you won't be receiving it upon graduation. The highest you're guarunteed to get is E-2 with that degree.
Which brings me to my question...Why aren't you just going through OCS instead of boot camp?
03-27-09, 11:17 AM #20
If you qualify for PFC for college credits (don't know exact minimum), and also get your two referrals would you graduate with LCpl. Anyone know off hand?
03-27-09, 11:18 AM #21
03-27-09, 11:20 AM #22
However, if you are a contract PFC, and you get Recruiter's Assistance after boot camp, if you get a certain number of contracts (I think two or three), then yes you will be promoted to LCPL.
03-27-09, 11:21 AM #23
Only one Marine each graduating class gets LCpl if the DI decides and that is the Company Honorman.
03-27-09, 11:24 AM #24
Oddly, I am actually kind of relieved. I didn't want to get too much rank right out of boot. I want to earn it, especially when it comes time to hit the Fleet like others have said. I don't want to be leading a Marine who is no longer "green" to the Corps when I still am. I can see the tension that arises there, and respect that.
03-27-09, 11:30 AM #25
Part of being a good leader is remembering that even though you may outrank someone, they may have more experience and it would be in your best interest to seek their guidance if you're in a billet like that.
Just because you outrank someone doesn't always mean you're correct and a lot of Marines seem to think it's the other way around. I've had my run-in's with senior SNCO's and officers who think it's their way or the highway when a simple question is all it takes sometimes to stop and make someone think.
03-27-09, 11:32 AM #26
And don't worry about picking up rank too fast. The Marine Corps will promote you as it sees fit and if you have competant leadership, they will make sure you have the tools to succeed in your task.
Just remember what you're taught and don't be affraid to ask questions if you don't know. The worst thing in this world is a Marine in charge who doesn't know what the hell he's doing.
03-27-09, 11:33 AM #27
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03-27-09, 12:48 PM #30
Well, in that case we will see what happens. I could care less about rank because at the moment all that matters is the Title of Marine. But, as long as I follow SSgt Workman's advice to never let rank outweigh experience and advice it should be good to go.
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