Skip to comments.I Joined the Army instead of the Marines
Posted on 04/15/2006 2:06:04 PM PDT by LittleJohnnyEdwards
You may remember a few months back around Novemeber, I was going to join the Marines. I finally told my parents and they freaked but they comprmised. I talked to both the Marines and Army I felt the Army gave me the best opportunity to serve my country in the way I want.I joined the Delay Entry Program in which I was able to move up a rank before going to boot camp. I'll be a signal support specialist, I leave two weeks after my graduation for boot camp. I look forward to serving in Iraq or Afghanistan that's why I joined. For me I couldn't sit back and agree with a war, and have other people fight for our country. After four years of service I plan on going to Texas State university and earn a Sports Marketing degree. If I still feel our country still needs men like me, i'll go in as officer.
I, and many, salute you, wish you well and thank you.
Pay attention here partner. Two things you have to remember to get along in the Army. Be on time and look sharp. Do those two things and it will make your tour much easier.
Better selection of MOS's in the USArmy ;-)
Cite, please, on where the Corps was part of the Army until 1834.
Lovely... if you like oppressive heat and humidity. I lived on Ft. Jackson for several years. My dad was the Command Sargeant Major for the 3rd Battalion. South Carolina has a lot of history. Make sure to tour Columbia while there. A trip out to Charleston would also be worthwhile.
"South Carolina Fort Jackson"
That's where I trained in 1979. I was in the first Co-Ed platoon, an experiement to see if we gals could hack it with the guys. Piece of cake, LOL!
Fort Jackson was a dump then, and is probably a dump now, but that smell of Carolina Pine at 4am and that red dirt that you can't get out of your clothing and your knees and elbows no matter how hard you scrub...will be with you always. :)
Good luck to you! I had twenty great years with the Army and I'd do it all over again in a heartbeat. You lucky Young Buck! I'm jealous.
God Bless You! He's obviously already given you a fine brain if you were smart enough to Go Army. ;)
Drop and give me ten pushups!
Thanks in advance for your service to the nation. Twenty four years in the Big Green Machine hasn't hurt me one bit, but it has at times challenged the best - and more than I thought I could give - from me.
Now drop and give me ten more!
My son chose Army 5 years ago (just before 9-11), There exists a greater variety of MOS selections. Basic is, well, easy, but you can choose an ever-toughening path (which I would recommend). Pick the hardest job they'll let you do, and go for it. SF and Rangers are every bit as tough as the Marines. Go Airborne!
Remember to do as your told, and take your training seriously. You'll never forget what you learn...the Army will make sure of it.
Take care...and thank you for your service.
From our house to you, we are proud and thankful for you,and all who serve this great country. God bless you, Johnny. We'll be keeping you, and your family, in prayer.
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what a pantload of bogus hokum.
The MARINE CORPS was NEVER a part of the Army.
And Lt Pressley O'Bannon was a MARINE officer, not an Army officer.
good show...make sure that you sign up for the kicker, on top of the MGIB...the return is very good-did you request a CONAP agreement? It would guarantee your admission into TX St. University (or UT, for that matter) after you finish your active duty committment. Austin Community College offers a host of on-line options for core classes, which might be attractive to you, especially since it sounds like you might possibly be in district. Many of those credits are directly transferable to Texas State/UT...shoot me an email if you're interested...either now, or after your basic/AIT...
Thank you for your service
I spent 20 years in the Army and do not regret a single day. God bless and keep your head down...
"Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country"
Weren't the Corps formed in a Philly tavern to protect privateers before there was a ground army?
Green to Gold is the best program the Army came up with. BTW, you may also want to look at a program that they used to have when I was in. It would allow an enlisted active duty soldier after meeting certain qualifications, to become a reserve officer while on active duty. This would give you a head start on your officer rank if you can swing it.
Secondly, RIGHT OUT OF AIT... (that is most important) when you get to your first duty station, look into having training evaluated for college credits. It will also help if you will take the ACT and CLEP and other tests. I did a wonderful bit by getting a test specific study guide and would push myself to read / study at least 1 hr every night. You can knock out a good 30+ credit hrs that way.
Later, in your enlistment, after you have done all the ACT and CLEP test, try and take evening college classes.
You could be well on your way to having an Associates completed by the end of your first tour - though, for gaming the system, I would NOT pull the trigger on actually getting the AS degree. The reason is, with the Green to Gold program, with less than an AS degree, you can still get the full 4 year program. This would allow you to either finish or come very close to finishing a double major. Almost anything mixed with a business degree will give you a heads up in the market place. I'm even seeing a number of people who do the hiring actually PREFER a double BA/BS to a masters.
Just a thought.
And thank you for your service -- from a former 11B
Make that "God bless you, Nicolas Cordoba"! :)
Young man, you are no longer Little Johhny Edwards!
Little Johnny Edwards is an ambulance chasing lawyer with beautiful Breck hair...
November 10, 1775 is the celebrated birthday of the US Marines. After several attempts by the American colonies to work out some sort of reconciliation between the Crown and the American people, the Colonial Congress decided to take a sterner attitude. A committee of the Congress drafted a resolution to create a new military unit, called the Continental Marines.
Captain Samuel Nicholas This resolution was drafted in a popular Philadelphian inn called Tun Tavern, and was later approved by the entire legislative body. The owner of the tavern, Robert Mullan, was named a Marine Captain, and the owner of another tavern, Samuel Nicholas, was designated commandant of the Continental Marines.