Not everyone can be a Marine
Helicopter Mechanic (Former Employee) – MCAS New River, NC – April 25, 2017
The Marine Corps has a culture of its own. The people you work with no matter how rough things get will determine the overall experience.
It is not a typical work place. The work environment varies depending on training exercises, deployments and most importantly your MOS. Hopefully the reasons a person joined were good, meaningful ones. I think it is much harder to join the Marine Corps at an older age. To those who are just out of HS and need an opportunity full adventure with comradery.
Times are changing in the military so there maybe new rules and regulations that I never experienced. I overall enjoyed my time while serving. Lots of life lessons and lifelong relationships have formed thanks to the Corps. It certainly isn't a place for those who are extremely sensitive in any fashion. The culture will either make you or break you.
It can be difficult to balance family life and work. Restriction of time is the biggest contributor to this. While in the service it is wise to make a family wherever you go. It is also important to ask for help from the right person otherwise you may not get what you really need. The health benefits, job and financial security are extremely beneficial along with education opportunities. As with many things in life, experiences vary from person to person.
Interesting culture, unique experiences, good deployments, steady pay, comradery, health benefits, education benefits, job security
sacrifice of freedoms, culture shock for some, bad deployments