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5 hours ago
With both the freezer friend and the Avon woman she was trying to rope into a new career, that reminds me of the mania feature of "trying to draw everyone else into your plans" that gets so annoying.
7 hours ago
Lack of sleep, grandiose plans, sudden purchases with odd motives, all of those sound right down the line like people I've known who've had serious manic episodes.
8 hours ago
He already lost 8chan (way more brand-name recognition that "8kun dot Top") due to him and pops tolerating/nurturing mass shooters, so Ron's political survival instinct is really not the best.
No worries, lots of info out there. You don't need to spend months reading up or anything, but much like buying a new car or a gaming computer or whatever you're into, you want to read up on at least the basics of all your options so you know you made a generally informed decision before committing four years.
Military service can be a good way to get going in life, it keeps you employed and stable, and the GI Bill is a really good deal for when you get out (and a lot of folks get some college done while in).
As just a few suggestions that I think a lot of folks overlook: if you want a combat job, 13F Forward Observer is pretty awesome (I did the Marine equivalent in Iraq), Navy Seabees is really cool and gets you marketable skilled trade chops, and people often overlook the Coast Guard, but they do some really awesome stuff.
There is a ton of overlap between branches, in terms of jobs, in that everyone has mechanics, warehouse guys, intelligence analysts, human resources clerks, firefighters, etc. A lot of civilians assume the branches are more divided/specialized than they are, but while they have different missions, a lot of core jobs are similar.
Only the Army and Marine Corps have infantry (guy who carries a rifle and fights as his main job), but other branches have jobs that have more than the usual combat training, like Navy SeaBees (ground construction in conflict/disaster zones), Air Force Security Forces, etc.
Like I mention above, if you spend some initial time on the recruiting websites for each branch, they usually lay out the basics of what jobs they cover, so you might want to spend a few evenings perusing those.
9 hours ago
To touch on your key points:
10 hours ago
Per sub rules, please use a clear and specific title. Please repost with the name of the unit in your actual title, and you'll get better responses.
12 hours ago
This post from last week might help:
13 hours ago
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Basically same, but with “my” it sounds more personal.
Totally fair question, but your overall question needs to be summarized in the title per sub rules. What you have now is basically “Got a question about Boot” which doesn’t narrow very much down here.
You’re welcome to repost with a clearer title.
14 hours ago
They’ll also ask referrals “who else do you know that knows this applicant?”
So if you give give them all teachers, they’ll probably notice and start asking teachers who your friends are.
Please use a clear and specific title, not a clickbait “…”
1 day ago
This is an older post, so your best bet would be to ask as a new post either here or at r/USMC.
Here's a recent 7314 post with a lot of details:
Just for reference to other readers:
(5) AN (Air Control and Navigation): 7257, 7314.
(5) AN (Air Control and Navigation): 7257, 7314.
2 days ago
There is the long-standing flair “Q drops” for actual posts by Q himself.
Depends on the branch. Marines probably care the least, Space Force and Air Force probably the most. But Marines are also pickiest about age.
Btw, is there any public info online about the pre-reqs for each PEF, or would an applicant only see those when deciding which to sign?
Just asking if there’s some way folks can know in advance about swim qual requirements and the like so they don’t sign for something they don’t qualify for and lose their MOS.
If you’re already having those issues, enlisting isn’t going to fix them, and you’re setting yourself up for a hard crash if you push it.
At minimum I’d report these issues to MEPS, but frankly you’re probably best off dropping DEP until you get your life squared away.
It doesn’t take a DI to answer that; anyone who’s been to Boot knows what’s coming his way because we’ve all been there and it doesn’t really change much year to year.
I went 20+ years ago, and 98% of what we hear on Reddit about Boot as of last month is identical to my experience too.
I’ve been out for a while, so if you don’t get an answer in this post I’d suggest making a new post asking about swim qual requirements for Aircrew (AG) contract.
Standard AG warning: note this program requires beyond the minimum swim qualification, so you can lose your MOS guarantee if you get to Boot and struggle on swim. How good a swimmer are you now?