You the Marine: new guy or been around awhile...
Really put in the efforts and try to learn and absorb as much knowledge as possible. If you act like you want to be there and you want to learn it will be noticed. Do not fall in with a crowd of shit-bags. This is not as easy to avoid as it sounds. You guys are young and new to the world. You'll be testing your limits and having fun " booze, girls, etc." Try never to be UA, do not fucking drink and drive. I know you'll drink under age like every one does, but be careful and don't be stupid, fights, law problems, etc. And don't be an asshole to women, WM's or otherwise. WM's a lot of them are really good women who wanted to be treated well just like you. Don't be a shit to Admin or supply, but ask questions. "Hey how come this works this way? Can you show me how to to this or that?" IF you treat the support guys well it generally helps you in the long run. Calling someone a fucking Pogue is going to cause shit feelings. Besides I knew a cook once who was so tough he could have killed a fucking platoon of grunts. You never know whose in what MOS, etc. Make freinds and be a good dude. If your friends are getting into trouble or doing stupid illegal stuff, be careful. You don't have to be a snitch, but you better not be too close either. Its best to stay away from stupid people, but at your age they are attractive on weekends.
Women: girl friends, etc.
Do not get fucking married to some home town sweet heart. Most you have had barely any sexual experience's other than chickens and hand lotion. Do not marry the first girl that give you some ass. She's just as dumb as you are, if you don't believe me ask yours or her parents!!! You should not get married until your are close to 30 years of age. Have your freedom, see what its like to be able to pick up women in bars or at the Ball, or the gym, the laundery mat, the library, the Airport, at the war, in the mall, etc. Too many guys get married because all of the idiots in there hometown do it. Or your parents did it, or there from some stupid part of the country where people instinctively make dumb decisions. You joined the fucking Corps to get away from these places, I did. Do not replicate your sorry ass life in your new life (USMC.) You are free to throw your cock around from town to town. Don't be an asshole about it, but don't be a sad sack whose married at 21 and all his buddies are out slaying ass, and your stuck in a shitty apartment with a soon to be unhappy about the loss of her freedom wife, just as your ready to go out on a float or to the war.
Let me tell you what happens a lot around the USMC. Some idiot like you can't help but bring some cute littel teenage girl all the way from where ever to good old Jacksonville or Oceanside. Yea its love man. Until she encounters the thousands or men (Marines/Civilians) who all want some of her little ass. They are not quiet about it, and they are unrelenting. Everywhere she goes she's getting checked out and ogled. Guys, imagine you got to live in a place where you are outnumbered by good looking fit women 10 to 1!! How do you think that would turn out? So you see the problem. Your fellow Marines do not care, and they want some ass, you all fall under this umbrella. Understand this and don't be a fucking rube. Many many of these guys are way better looking than you, have cars and bigger pay checks and some of them have Gold Wings and Dive Bubbles ( which means they have 12 inch dicks....lol)
Here is the truth: most of you cannot be faithful to a girl friend for very long when your young, most women are the same way. Do not take this personnel, everyones out to see what they can do, find out who they are and have some fucking excitement. Its a thrill to flirt with a lady at one of the random places I mentioned above. They feel the same way. Don't fuck up the joy of being young by being married. You don't have to be an asshole, you just have to understand the game. Its shitty to cheat on a girl friend. I'm not saying you should, but shit happens, your young and not married or accountable for it under the UCMJ.
My first marriage was when I was 28. After 9 years and 5 duty stations. I have plenty of great stories, tons of fond memories. Yes some great ones got away but they're are thousands of awesome women around, see the world and a lot of panties, don't be an insecure pussy. This was all before I ever tried to get married.
The Marine Corps can be a great place, or a shit place depending on your attitude. Remember we are in a draw-down, the wars are ending and shit changes fast. you may here a lot of shit talking and other stuff about this or that being bullshit. Listen to it but do not absorb it. Understand why some people are pissed off, but do not become part of the cheering section for it. By your actions you leadership from Cpl to Battalion Commander should know you as a guy that tries hard. Your young, fit and good looking, you get 3 meals a day and a decent pay check, life is pretty fucking good. Earn it. Be a stud, be competitive but don't be a dick. If you know something that will help others teach them or show them or at least try to. Ask questions about USMC stuff, learn it , write it down. If you don't understand something ask a question. Think about how to ask the question before you do it though. There is such a thing as a stupid question, its just a poorly thought out and terribly communicated version of a good question, you all know what I'm talking about.
Re-enlisting, or getting out: You only have to do two things, your job and decide if you want to re-enlist. 70% of you won't re-enlist, we know this and we have planned it that way. Really you are not needed past 4 years, most of you. If decide to get out, that is just fine with me. Thank you for your service, I hope you walk away feeling proud of your service. Judging by all the stuff on Facebook, most of you are proud of it, even if you we're a shit bag.
All I ask is that you go out and be a useful and productive member of society. Not some asshole whose always bitching about this or that problem with society and throwing in how his service in the (name a branch) means he gets to make unqualified statements about whatever. Every thing you do in the service is funded by the tax payers. The guy working at some shitty job is in effect paying your salary, or your G.I.Bill. Don't be an asshole about it. Some of the bravest most outstanding guys I have worked with are normal people who are humble about there exploits and they don't brag or beat on people about it. Public perception or you the service member being a good citizen and contributor to society is important. Its what I want my sons to think, and I'm sure most of you would want your kids to feel the same way that I do.
If you decide to stay in, do so for the right reasons. If you pissed away every paychecks and have no plans for anything else, that is not a USMC career plan. Not these days anyway. Shit changes in a draw-down. Got a Page 11 or an NJP, see you later, goodbye. I'm exaggerating a bit, but not much. When I can close to getting out at the end of my first enlistment, I had no money, no plans and no where to go. I didn't care I was re-enlisting, I knew that at my 3 year mark so it wasn't a problem for me. The rest of you prepare and plan for the just in case you can't or don't want to stick around. Even if your dead set on staying in and going to Marsoc, at least have a course of action (COA) in case something happens and you change your mind.
Things happen along the way and a lot of you reading will not go to Selection, your stuck on duty with google handy and you found this website by accident. No worries, just Chive on!!
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