As a civilian it took me almost 3 years before I could be friends with a civilian. I didn't trust them. The same went for non-infantry military. But that was back in 92. I don't care anymore. I have a best friend named Dave that has been my best friend since 1999. He is closer to me than anyone I have ever met. We never stood watch together but we have faced horror together.
I have an 0311 contract. Can I ask for some advice and tips? I want to stay in for a while, even though I see people get out after 4 years. Just asking for some stories and some advice.
How’s that life work? What would you say is better?
Been looking at this a little, maybe not enough, although what could be some options for life after the Corps?
If its a bad question, let me know and Ill take it down
Edit: Thanks for the help, means a lot. Also, I truly want to thank all the vets, and thank you for your service. All goes well and I’ll be serving one day too
I’m checking into my unit this week. I’ve asked a few people, including vets and combat instructors what they wish people had told them at the beginning of their careers as infantryman, and have mostly been told to fuck off and figure it out.
I think I understand the mentality behind that response, as it’s usually not a matter or hearing platitudes or broad ideas but instead actually applying the basics I’ve been shown throughout SOI and less so boot camp.
Nevertheless, I’m kinda fuckin dumb and if possible would very much love to hear perspectives from anyone willing to share pieces of knowledge or perspectives that may help me work toward being a decent 11 instead of just surviving as a basic boot.
Thank you in advance, PFC dumbass.
What is the opinion of reservists? Are they hated on?
Can a reservist get a shot for BRC while in a reserve unit? How?
I looked around and couldn’t get an answer to the first question, sorry if I didn’t look hard enough.
Just wondering because from an anecdotal experience, the handful of marines I knew had shoulder/back injuries that bothered them permanently.
Edit: I’m appreciating the testimonies/advice here guys. It’s good to see differing experiences.
Im sure Im getting something wrong, but is it (in generally) physically possible to make your career the Marine Corps (20 years). If so, how exactly does that work? Im guessing you wouldnt be, for example, infantry the entire time, but I really dont know. Sorry if its a bad question I just dont know.