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Old July 21st @ 07:30 am   #1
Family Man's Avatar
 
From: Henderson Nevada

Motorcycle: 2008 Honda VFR Interceptor
My son and I will be meeting with a USMC recruiter this week or next. Does ANYONE have any experience with this? I have NO idea what to ask or "watch out" for. any tips would be greatly appreciated.

 
 
Old July 21st @ 07:49 am   #2
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From: 92H8

Motorcycle: a turbocharged vacuum... i upgraded my broom...
yeah, make sure it is YOUR SONS decision. they can fast talk you guys into a lot. they sometimes make empty promises too. my friend was supposedly being recruited for schooling in mechanical and electrical engineering for the jets when he was recruited, and when he went to sign the papers he found out they were going to deploy him overseas before any kind of schooling. it was basically, if you come back, well pay for your school.



and disclaimer: i am slightly anti-military... not because of the soldiers, because of the way the government uses the armed forces. as such, i am biased. and i will be flamed for saying what i said. that said, i respect ALL military personnel, and FULLY acknowledge that they do every day something i would never want to do. at any rate...

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Old July 21st @ 09:49 am   #3
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From: North Las Vegas

Motorcycle: R6
Have a guaranteed job....don't ever sign up without a guaranteed job of your choice (don't let them talk you into anything). Leave without signing anything to think about it....these guys are like car salesmen. Look over all the information.

They'll tell you things like you'll have your own apt. paid for, except they don't tell you that it may be 3 years before that happens...so dorm life the whole time there.

Look at sign on bonuses...certain careerfields give a lot of dough to get into....talk to someone other than the recruiter about a careerfield he is thinking about.

Good luck...I would recommend college before military, but if that is his decision, then support him in it. Let him know that the pay isn't great....it does seem great when you are 18, but with all the hours you put in...its not that much.

Just my 2 cents....
 
 
Old July 21st @ 10:13 am   #4
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From: vegas

Motorcycle: 93 cbr 900 rr
my nephew was told he might have to do a year in combat he's now on his second year of being shot at they got a tough job to do over there hope your son knows what he is getting into my nephew will never be the same after what he has seen
 
 
Old July 21st @ 12:10 pm   #5
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From: Las Vegas/Summerlin

Motorcycle: 2005 Suzuki Hayabusa LE/2007 Suzuki GSXR600/2000 Honda CBR600F4
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Originally Posted by redsurfergurl View Post
Have a guaranteed job....don't ever sign up without a guaranteed job of your choice (don't let them talk you into anything). Leave without signing anything to think about it....these guys are like car salesmen. Look over all the information.

They'll tell you things like you'll have your own apt. paid for, except they don't tell you that it may be 3 years before that happens...so dorm life the whole time there.

Look at sign on bonuses...certain careerfields give a lot of dough to get into....talk to someone other than the recruiter about a careerfield he is thinking about.

Good luck...I would recommend college before military, but if that is his decision, then support him in it. Let him know that the pay isn't great....it does seem great when you are 18, but with all the hours you put in...its not that much.

Just my 2 cents....
+1 (especially the part in bold)

Also, is your son dead-set on the Marines? Has he taken the ASVAB yet? What does he want to get out of his military experience? Not that there is anything wrong with that choice, I found the AF way of life much better than my other armed forces counterparts.
 
 
Old July 21st @ 12:11 pm   #6
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From: Las Vegas

Motorcycle: 06 1000 rr bone stock 01 F4I
I happen to be pro military... but just like anything it is buyer beware...

Just have an idea of what you are getting before you sign on the dotted line
 
 
Old July 21st @ 02:24 pm   #7
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From: Las Vegas

Motorcycle: 99 Black Bird CBR1100XX
1st and foremost. Speaking from experience, WAR really is HELL, what you do stays with you for forever.

I am served and I had the best of times and the worst of times.

Make sure that the recruiter goes over your sons ASVAB scores and explains to him what he is qualified for ( Mine should have submitted me for AF Academy, but was worried about filling his monthly quota, I would have gone in a 3 months later )

As previously stated, make sure everything is in writing. My dad had a saying and I stuck to it. First 4 years is basically fuck me ( I signed up for this ) everything after that is fuck them ( we do it my way or I hit the highway )

That is my two cents as a AF Veteran. I also agree with Eric, AF way of life was WAY better than any other branch I dealt with.
 
 
Old July 21st @ 04:51 pm   #8
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From: A Space between a blink and a tear

Motorcycle: 06' CBR1000RR
I'm also pro military, and I've never had a better job in my life! I go to war everyday, everyday I see "the ugly side of war" what's ugly about getting the bad guy before he gets your friend?

I love the atmosphere, the people, and most of all the respect I get from friends and peers.


Make sure you have a guarenteed job, bonus if available. And yes you will get pissed on, enlisted or officier for the first part of your career.

Good luck!

P.s. I've been in 2 different services. Worked with all of them, the air force is by far the best, just ask anyone.

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Old July 21st @ 05:12 pm   #9
Family Man's Avatar
 
From: Henderson Nevada

Motorcycle: 2008 Honda VFR Interceptor
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Originally Posted by chaos_reigns_01 View Post
yeah, make sure it is YOUR SONS decision. they can fast talk you guys into a lot. they sometimes make empty promises too. my friend was supposedly being recruited for schooling in mechanical and electrical engineering for the jets when he was recruited, and when he went to sign the papers he found out they were going to deploy him overseas before any kind of schooling. it was basically, if you come back, well pay for your school.



and disclaimer: i am slightly anti-military... not because of the soldiers, because of the way the government uses the armed forces. as such, i am biased. and i will be flamed for saying what i said. that said, i respect ALL military personnel, and FULLY acknowledge that they do every day something i would never want to do. at any rate...
Thanks for the info. Yor fiends experience is exactly the sort of thing I worry about.
 
 
Old July 21st @ 05:21 pm   #10
Family Man's Avatar
 
From: Henderson Nevada

Motorcycle: 2008 Honda VFR Interceptor
Quote:
Originally Posted by redsurfergurl View Post
Have a guaranteed job....don't ever sign up without a guaranteed job of your choice (don't let them talk you into anything). Leave without signing anything to think about it....these guys are like car salesmen. Look over all the information.

They'll tell you things like you'll have your own apt. paid for, except they don't tell you that it may be 3 years before that happens...so dorm life the whole time there.

Look at sign on bonuses...certain careerfields give a lot of dough to get into....talk to someone other than the recruiter about a careerfield he is thinking about.

Good luck...I would recommend college before military, but if that is his decision, then support him in it. Let him know that the pay isn't great....it does seem great when you are 18, but with all the hours you put in...its not that much.

Just my 2 cents....
Ya... he is 18 and a "grown man". Its totally up to him. I stand by him 100%. Problem is I have 2 uncles who served in Viet Nam and friends who served in the Gulf War. They live with the horrors of what they went through. i realize that someone has to do it and I admire my sons courage, i have encouraged him to serve but now that the time has come for him to sign up, I just want to do it right.
 
 

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