Jan. 13th, 2006 @ 10:44 pm
Hellos to everyone!
My name is Lindsay. I'm 20 years old (almost 21), female, and reside in Troy, Alabama. I've thought about the Marines for a few years now, but like most things in my life, I never got around to giving it serious thought. Recently, I've started buckling down with my life and thinking back on the years my father always said "You can be anything you want." I think it's time I find that out for sure. What better way than to serve the Marines? I have heard wonderful things about commardary, the experience as a whole, from a very good friend who was discharged on medical conditions. He has since tried to re-enlist in the Army but they would not take him due to the same reasons (I don't know the specifics of the issue).
I never really considered the military as something I wanted because (NO OFFENSE!) most of the military people I know have been complete jerks. But I've recently started thinking about what my purpose is in life and how my generation has no greater war to fight like my father's did. I want a purpose. I was born a fighter and I want to stand for something. I believe the Marines will give me something worth fighting for. The lives of my family and friends.
Many of my friends are not thrilled with my choice to enlist, and I can't blame them. But I've tried to explain to them no one enlists with a death wish. We simply understand that if our lives can save others, we are willing to sacrifice. Some say I'm running from things in my life, but I'm just looking for my purpose, or at least the means to find it.
My point is that I'm scared. I'm scared of several things. I'm scared I won't be mentally strong enough (95% mental, 5% physical, right?) I'm scared people won't take me seriously because I'm female (I am in the most backwoods part of the South!) and I'm just all around scared. I already know what MOS I want if I qualify for it. I want to be a light vehicle mechanic (don't laugh! :) ).
I was just wondering if anyone had any words of encouragement, experiences, etc. Who else is/was scared? What does it take to be the best Marine? Any advice for me when I finally catch the recruiter in the office?!
Thank you so much in advance. And to everyone, thank you for your sacrifices. Wives, husbands, friends, those in the services themselves: THANK YOU.
:) Thank you very much for the kind words. And I couldn't agree more that the Marines are the toughest, and that's why I want it.
I got my nerve up and managed to catch the recruiter in the office today! We talked about the weight loss and he filled out a little card on me. He didn't try to force me to sign anything yet so that's good. But he talked about getting the poolies together and doing stuff on Sundays. He doesn't have any discounts to a gym, but he referred me to an all night gym in town.
I think I confused him or something. He asked for a home number and I don't have one. He asked how he was going to get in touch with me and said "Oh I'm going to check in every week, at least once. You're going to know I'm not faking on this." Then I told him I know what MOS I wanted, auto mechanics. He asked if I knew a lot about cars and I said not really enough no. He said I'm going to have to take a mechanic test and pass... and I said "I've got the passion and drive for it. All I need is the knowledge" and he said he'll make it happen.
I'm not throwing in all my chips on him solely. But I was pretty stoked to hear "I'm going to make you a Marine."
Again, thank you for the words. Hope to see you out there sister!
I'm stopping by to see my recruiter tomorrow and telling him a few things I've read up on, along with a few questions about this and that. Plus I think he needs to know I work 3rd shift... And I don't get off work until the job is done. X_X As for asking about other recruits, that is a DAMN good idea! Hopefully I won't feel so alone in my drive for this.
Congrats on not letting the weight limit get you down! I've got to drop 40 pounds myself, though my recruiter has nothing but encouragement for me. I'm pretty stoked about that.
:) Keep me up to date on your progress and etc. All the information I can fit in my head is always helpful.
Thank you again as well.
i think you'll find that you'll have more repect in the marines than elsewhere, as long as you're in your motor t division. if you hang around infantry too long it may get a little rough.
most military members are "jerks", because they've been ingrained with a certain style of behavior that isn't acceptable in the civilian population. it's great for a warfighter to act a certain way in battle, but quite another during operations other than war and during civilian life. as long as you can manage those appropriately you'll be fine.
Thank you for clarifying that about the "jerk" comment. :) Hopefully I won't become one!
And yes, I think the Marines hold a higher standard of respect. Not to bash other branches, but the honor and pride that comes with being a Marine is truly appealing more than anything.
Motor T Division? Could you explain that? I know a little, but not enough.
motor transport. it's the company you'll be attached to if you want to be a light vehicle mechanic.
basically the people who operate the vehicles associated with modern light cavalry.
Ahhh... Thank you again. :)
I've always wanted to be in the military, ever since I was old enough to understand what it ment. I can't however because of Asthma and a severe back injury. I am a 17 yr. old young lady but I have seen friend after friend enlist into the Marines, in fact I have a ex. I'm madly in love with who is in the reserves. I feel a sort of strong connection to them and I realized that in all I personally would feel honored if I were to ever be allowed the privilage of becoming one. Though it isn't possible I feel that life may throw things my way but in the end... I can fight the fight at home as well. Thanks to all of you who help make this life a little les worry and a little more love.
P.S. Good luck to you!
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