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Hello everyone.

Just a quick intro...the names Dan, I hail from Sterling Heights, MI (Just outside of Detroit, MI, and yes, its not as bad as people may think ;) --- and I recently turned 21 about 4 months ago.

I am not a Marine....yet, I am in the beginning stages of possibily becoming one....well, the very beginning stages...

I was recently inspired by a female friend of mine who left about 2 weeks ago for boot camp (Marines)...and we "dated/hung out" for like a month or so, and her younger brother has been a Marine for about a year now. Anyways, seeing pictures and hearing stories has put this spark inside of me...and I lay in bed a night and wonder what boot camp and being a marine is like...sure its scary, since this whole interest in the Marines is new to me, and my parents will be shocked when I tell them im interested.

I have a couple questions....can anyone run me to a "typical" day in boot camp, or is not one day the same...I know its 3 months of hell.
Next, im only like 5' 6" or 7" (on a good day) and a 145....can i handle it? Im not that big a guy. I run often, or more often than most, and stay active a good amount of the time.

My female friend and I have kinda the same life story, were both the same age, we both did well in high school, both tried the "college thing" but didn't like it, I cannot get into/excited about college at this point in my life, and i'm working full time in a decent job, but where is that gonna take me???? I wanna try to do something with my life before its too late? Is the Marines the answer? Who knows..

I know the Marines from what I read so far is the toughest out of all the divisions (if thats a proper term) in the US...and I want a challange, I want to suceed, I want to stop feeling crappy about my life situation so far...I can do better than where I am at now.

I am almost finished, sorry...

What kind of medical conditions would keep you out of the Marines...(kinda a weird question...) i'll explain..

When I was a kid, I used to get ear infections all the time, and over time the ear infections ruined my ear canal in one ear, so it had to be "rebuilt", and to this day I have a bit of hearing loss in the one ear..(nothing that requires a hearing aid or anything)...also when i go underwater i tend to get water stuck in the ear easily, and it pisses me off...when i go deep under water and I haven't done it in a long time (my ear goes pop, pop, pop) from the pressure and hurts...

I have never been in an airplane, so i wonder how my ear/s would handle the pressure in the air, now...i can "pop" my ears just by opening my jaw/yawning...so i can pop them very easily...I just wonder if any of this would cause a problem...

sorry to ramble on...im excited, scared as hell...and I haven't even began to talk to a recruiter or anyone else about this...

Is it ok to be scared? haha...can someone answer any of my concerns/questions, even one is fine...THanks..

I want to be proud of myself, and have other people look at me and look up to me for a change, instead of me look up at other people...

Thanks for your time..

God Bless all of you.
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From:diermuid
Date:April 12th, 2006 07:15 am (UTC)
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Easily popped ears is better than chronic sinusitis/ear infactions -now-. Childhood stuff like that isn't too bad if it's resolved.

Really the best person to ask on this is a recruiter. Many of us served at different times when different standards were in effect. If you are squared away in other aspects, I don't see hearing loss keeping you out, hell just apply for artillery. 8-)

If you go for it with full steam, things are waiverable... I recall getting in despite a shady past, simply because I had heart. There are a few definate things that will stop you, Asthma, pacemakers, missing a leg, documented hard drug use, sex offender registration, unresolved hermaphrodism...

There are also things that they don't want, but won't disqualify you entirely, a wife/kids, no diploma, traffic tickets/suspended license, Juvenile offenses, stutter, etc (although they're strict about sleepwalkers).


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From:taumeson
Date:April 12th, 2006 01:22 pm (UTC)
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Also, boot camp isn't hell. It wouldn't be the Marine Corps if it wasn't hard, but it's not hell.

5'7" is no barrier to entry.

Also, yeah, talk to a recruiter. They've got the newest literature available and probably some videos to show you what it's like.
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From:doubledvideo
Date:April 12th, 2006 09:46 pm (UTC)
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alright, thanks for the info, i'll have to talk to some people and find some #'s for a recruiter.
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