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Dec. 7th, 2006 @ 06:44 pm
Just a quick thank you out there to all the military past and present for all your service...considering its the anniversary of pearl harbor.... just a quick note too-- my friend whos hawaiian would like me to note that hawaiians helped out a great deal in that time and films (IE pearl harbor) doesnt always reflect that.... So, thank you to everyone

Jul. 4th, 2006 @ 09:11 am

Marine GF here Jun. 18th, 2006 @ 04:26 am
Well I see no one has updated or posted here in a while but I got a question for all of you millitary people out there... Expecially the males...

My BF is a reservist but was called to active duty to go to Iraq in Sept. Did anyone start drifting away from loved ones before youleft... I hear it from the Gf's point of view all the time but I don't want their oppinion. IT is all the same. HE is gone training now and will visit in over a montha nd a half for about a week then he is gone again. I didn't get to say goodbye because his family took him away for the last week and a half he was home. We live like a block away from eachother and he didn't even stop by and was acting really weird the last time I saw him... Is there any way that I can help keep him from drifting? Should I just let him be? I feel at a loss. He is really one to shut off and never (or damn near impossibly) open up again... I am so worried that we are going to drift apart and there is nothing I can do about it... He means the world and more to me and I don't want to push him away but I don't want him to do it himself... He did it when he went to basic and that was hard enough... It took 11 months (and more) to get him to be himself again... I love him and I know that this is going to be harder on him then me so I want him to know he can talk to me but it is hard when he stops listening... I know he loves me... it is this warm way of looking at me that gives me hope but that is as close to opening up as he has been lately... Not that I mind just being held but he seems blank and sad, lonley even. Why should he be lonley when I would do anything for him... He would die for his country and I would die for him... I know it is so a basic saying but I mean it!!! I'm at a lost and I don't have much time left to do anything... What should I do? I am asking you because most of you probably know whatever it is going through his head and maybe what I can do to help... Please I am desperate! I don't know where to turn, if you guys can't help then no one can. I love him, you got to know that, I can't let him go away emotionally as well...
I know it sounds petty but I just worry about him...
I appreciate anything you can tell me!
Thank you and God Bless!
~Ree Ree~
Current Mood: intimidatedintimidated

Let's see what I'm made of. May. 12th, 2006 @ 01:58 am
I'm a graduating senior, officially done with school and getting my diploma next week. I had college lined up and everything, but decided it just wasnt my thing. I want to get my hands dirty, so I've turned to the Marines. I'm hoping they're true to their word and tear me apart so I can build myself up again.

I've already talked to the Recruiters, going in for Infantry, just gotta do the paperwork and figure out how long I need to do the Delayed Entry Program (need to work on my mile time).

Anyways, I'm just looking for advice or even just comments. I'm all about getting stronger, so here's hoping the Marines don't dissappoint and hand me my ass on a silver platter. I expect nothing less.
Current Music: Sum41 - Pain For Pleasure

Im not a marine...yet Apr. 13th, 2006 @ 08:45 pm
Hey everyone. I've grown up hearing war stories from veterans, and now i'm in love with the marines. I've done all i can to update my knowledge on the Corps.

heres a question to anyone deployed right now. What's it like out there? Please, tell me everything. There are so many rumors going around about Iraq, and i thought it would be easier if i just asked someone actually there.
Current Mood: curiouscurious

New Member...go easy on me. Apr. 11th, 2006 @ 11:26 pm
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.
Current Mood: anxiousanxious

Quick Question. Jan. 23rd, 2006 @ 03:47 am
I have read and heard so much about the Crucible, but no one really talks about it in detail. I know it's the last 54 hours of boot and it's a ten mile hike (correct me if I am wrong! That's why I'm asking). But I really want to know what it is for sure. What is involved? What do you do? I know if you make it, they give you the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor. Curious as to what I'm getting myself into. :) Thanks!
Current Mood: curiouscurious

Howdy :) 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.
Current Mood: determined

dd214 Jan. 12th, 2006 @ 04:37 pm
when do you get your dd214 form? if you get terminal leave can you get it earlier?


Long, but wanting to know if I can get into the Marine Corps after being kicked out of the Navy??? Jan. 3rd, 2006 @ 12:00 pm
I was in the Navy for 7 months and 5 days, but I got discharged, so I want to try to join the Army or the Marine Corps if it'll be possible.

*May 25th- I went to USN boot camp.

*July 22nd- Pass In Review.

*September 4th- A shipmate turned me and 3 other shipmates in for underage drinking. Went to DRB, XOI, and CO's Mast.

*September 15th-28th- 14 days restriction, 14 days extra duty, dropped to phase 1 liberty status.

*October 25th-November 23rd- Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Program at the Naval Hospital. Treatment success.

*November 24th- A shipmate turned me and 2 other shipmates in for underage drinking and riding in a privately owned vehicle while on a phase 1 liberty status. Went to DRB-- CMC said he had no choice but to drop the underage drinking charge at the DRB level because he had no evidence-- Went to XOI for riding in a POV, and XO picked back up the underage drinking charge-- Went to CO's Mast.

*December 12th-January 10th- 30 days restriction, forfeiture of 1/2 a month's pay for 2 months, processed for separation from the USN for a pattern of misconduct. And because I was involved in another alcohol related incident after successfully completing treatment, I'm now considered a treatment failure.

*December 19th- Legal Brief.

*December 30th- Discharge Date. General Discharge Under Honorable Conditions. RE-4 Code.

I don't know if this is true, especially for a misconduct case, but Legal told me it's possible for me to go on BCNR and get my RE-4 changed to an RE-3, so I can re-enlist into one of the other services. They said it's pretty simple to get your code changed. So I guess I have to do that and hopefully it will work, because with an RE-4 you can't re-enlist at all. But I heard the RE codes are used by the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard, so even with an RE-4, I could join the Army. But I don't know if that's true. And I think it's supposed to take about 6 months to get your code changed, or you have to wait 6 months til you can try to get it changed or something like that.

But then even with an RE-3, I don't know if the Marines or the Army would take me because of the misconduct and the treatment failure, because there were people from Navy, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Air Force all in the program when I was in it-- And if you failed treatment, I know you got kicked out of the Navy, so if they all use the same program, maybe they won't let an alcohol treatment failure re-enlist. And I'm not sure if The Army uses the program as well.

Before I joined the Navy, and while I've been away in the Navy, I've been getting mail and phone calls from Army and Marine Corps recruiters, I guess because they had access to my test scores, but one time an Army recruiter came up to me at the gym and said he always saw me working out and tried to talk to me about the Army, but that was after I already was in the Navy DEP. I didn't have any issues the first time I enlisted, like no health or family or legal issues or anything like that, so it was easy to get me in the Navy. And I heard that right now they're both having trouble making mission and have been having a lot of trouble for awhile, so maybe they would be willing to work with me.

I worked hard in the Navy during the work day, we just cleaned all the time, but I got my hands dirty with everybody else. And I was great with my room inspections and uniform inspections, I had my military bearing down, I had good relationships with everyone, I stood my watches fine, was duty driver a few times without any issues, on time for muster. And I almost always just hung around base on weekdays during liberty, I only drank on weekends when I went off base, 'cause I knew I couldn't drink on base after being turned in and caught the 1st time. But the 2nd time none of us were caught at all, but the following morning, this girl wrote a statement about us that we had been drinking the night before. It's annoying, 'cause she's underage and was also drinking, and I have no idea whatsoever why she told on us. And I had ELEVEN witnesses come to my CO'S Mast and say that they hadn't seen me drinking, which most of them hadn't anyways, 'cause it was Thanksgiving, and we were all at a hotel cooking food and hanging out, and I didn't start drinking til I went in the head with this guy. But the CO still found all 3 of us guilty and punished all 3 of us, because I guess they don't really need evidence, and 1 girl writing a statement was good enough for him. And I didn't say anything to her or request to have her at my Mast, butthe girl even came to my Mast and said she wasn't really sure what she saw, and she could've been wrong. That pissed me off.

So I'm trying to get into one of the other services now. My drinking never affected my work. Nobody ever got hurt because I was drinking. I only drank on weekends with people I felt like I could trust. And I don't depend on alcohol, it doesn't control my life or anything. So I don't feel like I don't deserve to be in the Military, because I never loved my life more than I have since being in the Navy. I really think that I was meant for Military service, and it's where I felt like I fit in.

So that's what I want to know, will I be able to re-enlist into one of the other services, especially the Marine Corps? And does anyone know anything different than what I've written, about getting codes changed and all that stuff?
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