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I Am a Retired United States Marine (usmc)

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 42 People

    Not a Marine Myself..

    ....but I'd love your feedback.  One word - infantry.  Tell me.  I'd trust you guys before I trust his recruiter ;-)
    sethandlisa08 sethandlisa08 19-21 2 Responses Mar 1, 2008

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    Any Regrets?

    Let me start off by saying I am not a retired Marine but I wasn't sure where else to put this. I'm currently 17 years old and will be finishing my senior year of highschool next year and trying to join the Marines has been on my mind for a long time now. I haven't met with the...
    bluesboy13 bluesboy13 16-17, M Mar 31, 2011

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    Once a Jarhead. . . .

    Signed an open contract in 1981 and ended up in supply; served four years' a year in Okinawa, the rest at LeJeune, then got out in '85.  Much of what I learned in the Corps has been engrained in me, like the need to rise early, exercise, keep a stearn look, and give orders...
    think2much think2much 46-50, M 1 Response Jan 13, 2008

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    What Mos Was Everyone

    so what MOS was everyone I was a 1345/1341 heavy equipment operator and heavy diesel mechanic.
    Karalas Karalas 26-30, M 7 Responses Oct 2, 2007

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    Helicopter Hydraulic Mechanic

    I was in the Suck from 1994-2001 I got out right as all the craziness was happening. I was a 6094 helicopter hydraulic mechanic. i did time at MCAS New River, Tustin, El Toro, Miramar, Futema and finally Camp Pendleton. I went on a Med cruise and a 6- month pump to Oki, saw...
    hharperson hharperson 31-35, M 1 Response Jan 11, 2008

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    Former Marine

    I was a Marine from 2000-2004. Picked up CPL in the inactive reserve. Was part of 3d TSB SPT, Co 31st MEU, 35th I believe MSSG. Have been all over Asia and spent all time that wasn't school living in OKinawa. I wouldn't trade it for anything.
    Karalas Karalas 26-30, M 6 Responses Sep 24, 2007

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    Service

    I joined the Marine Corps when I was 17.  I did it to show my Dad that I was tougher than he was.  Well, I also couldn't find a future in montana.  I know, sounds stupid now, but you should have been there.  I had lived the previous 3 years in the Philippines...
    broadshoulder broadshoulder 51-55 Aug 25, 2008

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    annirawrmuffin annirawrmuffin 18-21, F 2 Responses Jun 3

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    One Miserable Anti-american Human Being Called Bumsquirt

    There is this avowed Anarchist and Socialist on EP who is mouthing off with his hatred of America and our military men and women. He is a totally miserable excuse for a human being who calls himself "Bumsquirt." He has posted vile comments on my Whiteboard and reflected many...
    lickitysplit lickitysplit 61-65, M 3 Responses Sep 4, 2010

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    Happy 237th Birthday Usmc

    To all, who have served,,,,, past, present and future... A hearty and Happy 237th Birthday weekend to our beloved corps. Now let's git drinkin' Boy's!!
    TheThirdEye TheThirdEye 70+, M Nov 9, 2012

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    I Am a Marine Gf Looking For Some Help

    I am not a Retired Marine, but I am a Marine girlfriend. I joined this group so that I could post this story. There is a girl in our group talking crap about Marines. She is stating that they are all cheaters, that being a Marine isn't a "real job", that...
    Caligirl125 Caligirl125 26-30, F 3 Responses Jul 12, 2009

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    I Love The Corps But Am Not A Marine

    I am afraid that I was a Squid, but I have loved the Corps since I was a small kid. My father fought with the 2nd Marine Division in the Pacific during WW-II and made the initial landing on Saipan and some other islands (something Jima, but not Iwo). I served as an officer in the...
    lickitysplit lickitysplit 61-65, M Sep 4, 2010

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    Fallen Heroes Marine Dog Tag.

    Fallen Heroes Dog Tag - Marines The cost of America's freedom is most dearly paid in the lives of those Marines who died defending that right. We owe our liberty to their efforts. These dog tags remember and commemorate that sacrifice. Minted in a brass alloy, these dog tags...
    midwest5772 midwest5772 66-70 Jul 2, 2010

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    Where I Met My Love

    I was serving on Active Duty in Kaneohe Bay, HI.  I was an Admin Marine and he was an Infantry Marine.  We were both stationed on K-bay.  We met almost 4 years ago.  When we met I was in the middle of going through a divorce from my first husband who was also...
    FormerUSMCnowUSMCGF FormerUSMCnowUSMCGF 21-25, F Feb 15, 2008

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    Related Experiences

    It's been a while since I was last here. A lot of things happened. I'm not sure if any of you guys will read this, or care. But I'll share a bit of me with you. Please, excuse my...
    marie027 marie027 22-25, F 3 Responses Sep 16

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    USMC Ball 2014! Are you ready?!Ladies as you may all know by now the Marine's Ball is almost here, and for all of you that are attending I gather some information that could be...
    HoneybeeUSMgf HoneybeeUSMgf 31-35, F Sep 4

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    USMC Ball 2014! Are you ready?! Ladies as you may all know by now the Marine's Ball is almost here, and for all of you that are attending I gather some information that could be...
    HoneybeeUSMgf HoneybeeUSMgf 31-35, F Sep 4

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    Is it all worth it?! Don't hate me for asking this question haha. I'm 20 and my boyfriend left for bootcamp a few days ago so I am very new to this whole process. My main question...
    klynch19 klynch19 18-21, F 4 Responses Sep 16

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    Something I find quite annoying is this. Fake marine wives lol. My cousin who got out of the marines like 2 years ago got married about a year after he was out. His wife dated...
    NatATTACK NatATTACK 22-25 2 Responses Sep 4

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    Vacations! The day has come and I'm almost ready for my trip to England (even if i super plan there is always something that I have to do the same day). Since I've been in my...
    HoneybeeUSMgf HoneybeeUSMgf 31-35, F 1 Response Sep 9

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    My husband just reminded me about the Marine Corp ball. This year is my first year to go to the Marine Corp ball. I'm super excited and super nervous.I can't wait to go get me a...
    wifeusmc27 wifeusmc27 18-21, F 2 Responses 20 hrs ago

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    Reunions of old Marine and Corpsman veterans. I now know why men who have been to war yearn to reunite. Not just to tell stories or look at old pictures. Not just to laugh or...
    Jones47 Jones47 61-65, M Sep 1

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    Today has been a looong day but was made worthwhile once I got to Parris Island. I got to actually see my marine today! He wasn't able to talk to me or even acknowledge I was there...
    infinitelovexo infinitelovexo 18-21, F 3 Responses Sep 3

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    It doesn't get easier, you just learn to cope with it better. It's been only 4 days since my boyfriend left to bootcamp and I'm not going to lie, it's tough and harder than I...
    vytran499 vytran499 16-17, F 1 Response Sep 12

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    Sometimes the only thing that keeps me sane is dealing with his crazy family! Brothers football games and sisters swim meets and video taping them so he doesn't miss out on awesome...
    Ashleyrose69 Ashleyrose69 18-21, F 1 Response Sep 12

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    Are there other ladies out there who are going to or already have been married in a courthouse, etc and plan to have a traditional wedding with their marine in the future? Who all...
    usmcgf0715 usmcgf0715 18-21, F 2 Responses Sep 21

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    Hi, I wanted to post on here, because my situation is slightly different. I am 23 and I will be graduating next June with my bachelors. My boyfriend is 24. We have known each other...
    arcana016 arcana016 22-25, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    15 days for me to see him. So many things on my mind that I'm not even counting.
    HoneybeeUSMgf HoneybeeUSMgf 31-35, F 14 hrs ago

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    Today is our 4 year anniversary. It's hard that I can't see him or even hear his voice today but anniversaries are about the time that we have spent together, not just today. 65...
    Kendykay Kendykay 18-21, F 9 hrs ago

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    I'm in a way not so new to this experience. I have had friends/exes who were in the process before, and the process after bootcamp so this is sorta new to me. I actually have a...
    HisRightBoobie HisRightBoobie 18-21, F 3 Responses 4 hrs ago

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    Alrighty ladies and germs, A few updates.... well tmr will officially be the first day of my last year of school..holy crap time flies !!! Today marks the last day of his leave...
    MochaChocolatte MochaChocolatte 18-21 Sep 1

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    He leaves in a week and I don't even get to spend this week with him... He leaves on Monday and I don't get to see him until Saturday. I just keep breaking down and bawling. He...
    Kendykay Kendykay 18-21, F 2 Responses Sep 1

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    Okay so how many letters is too much? I almost want to write him everyday as soon as he leaves, and I don't know if that's too many. I know I should put multiple in the same...
    Kendykay Kendykay 18-21, F 5 Responses Sep 1

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    I was just wondering what happens after soi? Has anyone's significant other gone through soi?
    lovemyhubby562 lovemyhubby562 26-30, F 2 Responses Sep 1

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    I pray for you every night and I love you unconditionally. I will always be your baby girl and you leaving for boot camp is not gonna change that.
    Kendykay Kendykay 18-21, F Sep 3

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    Ok So I am going through something really hard right now, My bf decided to break up with me. He said he couldn't balance our relationship and his job. And that he didn't want to...
    mavie1126 mavie1126 18-21, F 3 Responses Sep 3

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    What's saying goodbye like? He leaves Sunday for boot camp and I'm nervous about saying goodbye. I feel like it has to be perfect cause it's the last way we will remember each...
    Kendykay Kendykay 18-21, F 3 Responses Sep 3

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    Got this name tape bracket from etsy for under $20 with shipping and it took less than a week to get to me! Comes in any colors and any print. Such a great way to show my support!
    Kendykay Kendykay 18-21, F 1 Response Sep 4

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    Graduation day today! Only a few more hours and I get to be with him once again! :)
    infinitelovexo infinitelovexo 18-21, F 4 Responses Sep 5

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    Well ****. I guess I don't have to worry about what saying goodbye will be like because I already did without knowing it. His parents telling him that he can't see me this weekend...
    Kendykay Kendykay 18-21, F 1 Response Sep 5

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    I just don't want to cry anymore.
    Kendykay Kendykay 18-21, F 5 Responses Sep 5

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    It's such a wonderful feeling to have him back home again, it may only be for a few days but that's way better than nothing. It's so unreal I still can't believe it when I get...
    infinitelovexo infinitelovexo 18-21, F Sep 6

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    So I made a friend at college who is a military girlfriend too! So great to have someone to relate to who i see a lot! And I get to go on a date with him tonight before he leaves...
    Kendykay Kendykay 18-21, F 2 Responses Sep 6

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    That's not at all how I expected the night to go but I still got to see him and we had a really great conversation... Saying goodbye tomorrow. :/
    Kendykay Kendykay 18-21, F Sep 6

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    I said goodbye to my best friend today. It's only 13 weeks. I can do this. I love you.
    Kendykay Kendykay 18-21, F 3 Responses Sep 7

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    So I wanted to start a countdown and I realized that I don't actually know his graduation date. I counted out 13 weeks I a calendar, but how long does it take to find out the date...
    Kendykay Kendykay 18-21, F 2 Responses Sep 7

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    Missing him already tonight. I started a journal with letters to him for when I get his address. I keep thinking about him and what he's doing right now. Probably sleeping haha.
    Kendykay Kendykay 18-21, F Sep 7

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    I keep wondering what he's doing right now... I wonder if he thinks about what I'm doing. Can't wait for that first letter.
    Kendykay Kendykay 18-21, F Sep 8

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