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10/11/11 3:01 AM
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zaiontz
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Im wanting to join the usmc but for job choice i dont know exactly what fits me . I know for sure i dont want to do a full time infantry job. Ive looked through all the job listings over and over ect. I do however want to be deployed but not for my whole time as a marine. I looked more ino helicopter maintenance & small arms repair technician but not so sure what goes down. Thank you for future inputs and for serving our country
10/11/11 7:12 PM
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You don't get to choose your job. They will throw you into whatever your asvab best suits. Phone Post
10/12/11 12:03 AM
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as far as i know, the Army is the only branch that guarantees your job, but i could be wrong.

btw, i knew some Marine infantryman that got stuck doing graves registration duty while we were in Iraq.....not good.
10/12/11 4:37 AM
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10/12/11 8:23 AM
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Bushmaster is correct. I just got out of recruiting. Thank God! Anyways, the marines and airforce do not guarantee jobs. The navy has a select few that are open, however, the basic training slot could not show up for some time. We had a guy come to us to get in EOD because he had been waiting for a basic slot for over 500 days. That's crazy! The army is the only branch that you HAVE to have a job selected to get a contract. There is no such thing as an open contract in the army.

Since you are going Marines I'll tell you a story. A highschool kid wants to go to the marines. I sit down with him and tell him how the army can help and all the above. He didn't believe me that the marines were not going to get the job he wanted. He had a 68 on the asvab and wanted infantry. I told him he would be doing a desk job. So he believes the marines recruiter, is all excited about going infantry, and comes back from basic to the highschool that I so happen to be that day. He comes up and talks with me. I ask him how he likes being an infantryman and he states that he is in a logistics unit doing paperwork. He hates it, but he was told you are a marine first...

Wow! Phone Post
10/12/11 9:38 AM
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I'm a Marine on recruiting duty. ask me anything. BTW we don't guarantee specific jobs, we guarantee the FIELDS. That being said, we dont do it until AFTER you qualify at MEPS. Why the fuck would i tell you anything before that? think about it. For real though, ask me anything lol.
10/12/11 9:41 AM
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Also, let me tell you about a young man i enlisted. Guy wants army because he doesn't want to get stuck doing infantry as a Marine, gets this little "guaranteed job" paper, which is a pretty little paper printed off the recruiter's laptop, gets in the van to go to MEPS, then finds out he can only have combat engineer. Funny thing is, the "pretty paper" had him as a mechanic. Young man called his mom, had her drive 2 hours to pick him up, and now he is in Supply and Accounting school.
10/12/11 11:17 AM
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MikeFL152 - Also, let me tell you about a young man i enlisted. Guy wants army because he doesn't want to get stuck doing infantry as a Marine, gets this little "guaranteed job" paper, which is a pretty little paper printed off the recruiter's laptop, gets in the van to go to MEPS, then finds out he can only have combat engineer. Funny thing is, the "pretty paper" had him as a mechanic. Young man called his mom, had her drive 2 hours to pick him up, and now he is in Supply and Accounting school.
You have to qualify at meps for it. The thing is, you still get to CHOOSE your job. He apparently failed something at meps. The marines are still the only people I would send someone to if they didn't want army. They are the only branch I have a respect for since they are the only ones that have non spec op combat jobs. Phone Post
10/12/11 12:23 PM
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it work's pretty much the same. We just do it after, no big difference. I have a female leaving for boot camp this weekend that took 7 months to get her job, depends on the individual. Right now is probably the best time to get your pick of jobs, being the beginning of the fiscal year n all.
10/12/11 12:33 PM
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MikeFL152 - it work's pretty much the same. We just do it after, no big difference. I have a female leaving for boot camp this weekend that took 7 months to get her job, depends on the individual. Right now is probably the best time to get your pick of jobs, being the beginning of the fiscal year n all.
But if someone wants combat and they have a high score, would they be guaranteed combat? Or would they be put where the marines want them? Phone Post
10/12/11 12:40 PM
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Infantry is one of our harder jobs to get. 75% of the time, its the guys with the higher scores who want it. if the guy is patient, he'll get it. And we're not allowed to just "stick" someone with infantry, not even if they go open.


you have 12 months from the Date of Enlistment to go to boot camp, take as long as you want to pick your job, or lock it on right away.
10/12/11 12:50 PM
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That's what I figured. The thing with how we do it it this. I can reserve a job for someone, let's say infantry. He has 7 days to go to meps and qualify for it. If you fail color tests or anything else, you have to pick another job. So, we can reserve a job for anyone. It's up to them to be physically qualified for it. They know the day they sign the contract. They also know the incentives, if any to the job. They know when they go to basic and their job training as well. So there's a big difference in the way the jobs are done. Phone Post
10/12/11 12:55 PM
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we give the date before meps, Marine Corps recruiting sells the Marine Corps itself instead of jobs, we sell the image, the Pride, all that blah blah, makes job selections easy for us.
10/12/11 12:58 PM
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MikeFL152 - we give the date before meps, Marine Corps recruiting sells the Marine Corps itself instead of jobs, we sell the image, the Pride, all that blah blah, makes job selections easy for us.
I know. That's what I used to combat against. Your job is a plumber, but at least you're a Marine plumber;) I'm glad I don't have to do that crap anymore. I hated recruiting. Phone Post
10/12/11 1:07 PM
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Fortunately i'm not a street recruiter anymore, i do marketing until my tour's up. It's all sales, but in the end, certain people should be Marines, many shouldn't. All the branches are good shit. Hell i've even steered people to the Army.
10/12/11 1:15 PM
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Everybody has their place. Ive pissed people off by telling them they might as well go navy or airforce. I think the military as a whole should put psychiatrists as part of the physical. Phone Post
10/12/11 1:56 PM
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virux11b - Everybody has their place. Ive pissed people off by telling them they might as well go navy or airforce. I think the military as a whole should put psychiatrists as part of the physical. <img src="/images/phone/apple.png" alt="Phone Post" border="0" style="vertical-align:middle;"/>


ha! i guess they're nearly doing that already with all the GAT and resiliency stuff....



when i joined up, i knew i wanted to be in the Army, because i eventually wanted to be a Green Beret. still, i talked to all the branches anyway....the Navy just didn't have any jobs i wanted, and i sucked too much at swimming to be a SEAL. the Air Force recruiter was kinda of a sissy, so i got annoyed and left him. the Marine rectruiter was waayyyy too intense, so i knew i made the right choice with the Army....

anyway, i think it's a good idea to talk to everyone to see what they have to offer...

btw, it's pretty cool to have 2 guys from recruiting on here, too.
10/12/11 7:54 PM
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The suicide training is stupid. It should be thought about before someone joins. You have recruiters that just want numbers out there and they don't give a rats ass about the person. So that person joins, goes to basic, goes to Iraq, and then can't handle it and commits suicide. Seriously, it needs to be fixed. This is an all military issue. Phone Post
10/13/11 1:07 AM
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Thank you all and so if i score high and want to pick something that sounds interesting i can wait for that to open up or do i get moved into something i wasnt even looking at. I heard there is no way to pick the job but then some former marines said thats all bs u can be patient and tell te recruiter what you want and youll wait for that Phone Post
10/13/11 8:43 AM
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zaiontz - Thank you all and so if i score high and want to pick something that sounds interesting i can wait for that to open up or do i get moved into something i wasnt even looking at. I heard there is no way to pick the job but then some former marines said thats all bs u can be patient and tell te recruiter what you want and youll wait for that <img src="/images/phone/apple.png" alt="Phone Post" border="0" style="vertical-align:middle;"/>


This is how it works:

When you get back from MEPS, Recruiterman will sit down and tell you all you qualify for based on your test scores and stuff.

you tell him what you want to do, he will point out all the programs available for the 90 day window when you'll be shipping off.

if nothing is available for that timeframe, you wait, or trade with someone. Recruiterman can have your boot camp date changed, but it must not go past 12 months from the day you enlisted.
10/13/11 1:20 PM
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virux11b - The suicide training is stupid. It should be thought about before someone joins. You have recruiters that just want numbers out there and they don't give a rats ass about the person. So that person joins, goes to basic, goes to Iraq, and then can't handle it and commits suicide. Seriously, it needs to be fixed. This is an all military issue. <img src="/images/phone/apple.png" alt="Phone Post" border="0" style="vertical-align:middle;"/>


i started another thread on this forum about this just now...wonder what your thoughts are: http://www.mixedmartialarts.com/mma.cfm?go=forum.posts&thread=1890777&page=1
10/13/11 2:31 PM
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Wow that was very helpful. That was te best i have gotten from anyone trying to explain.. Thank you so much Phone Post
11/21/11 5:23 PM
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MikeFL152

Can you tell me why the 0351 field is so damn shitty about promotions? I mean when it's not closed the cutting score is like in the 1700s. Unless you re-up into a different MOS or go out for boards you are a terminal lance.
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 you can get a combat job with a high score.  I had an ASVAB score of 85 and i was an 0811, cannoneer.
And the Blue Falcon, i mean recruiter, was right.  The marines can guarantee a job FIELD, but not specific job.
6/4/12 1:45 AM
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cambeezee -  you can get a combat job with a high score.  I had an ASVAB score of 85 and i was an 0811, cannoneer.
And the Blue Falcon, i mean recruiter, was right.  The marines can guarantee a job FIELD, but not specific job.
Your recruiter was a BF? Phone Post

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