The United States Marine Corps as a whole is a wonderful career path that will excel any young man or woman past his colleagues. Whether you chose to join out of high school or after a four year degree plan and become a Commissioned Officer. In my experience as joining straight out of high school I learned many skills from technical skills, to interpersonal skills, to leadership and management techniques and principles. There were many times that we worked grueling long hours in order to get a task accomplished but with an abundance of comradery, professionalism, and leadership skills the task was always accomplished down to the most finite details. There are many reasons why one would want to earn the title of United States Marine and while there is no right answer, mine was to be a part of something bigger than myself and I definitely achieved that goal.
Dealt with a diverse group of people, counseled, supervised, and trained my co-workers on specific tasks that had to get to the vehicle for operational readiness, with strict deadlines. Having to constantly and consistently do pre-operational checks and make sure everything safe for the crew to operate and for the passengers riding in back are safe as well, after providing them with a safety brief. Toughest part was when a problem occurred out in the middle of the ocean and having to troubleshoot and solve the problem within a 10 minute window. Most enjoyable was operating the vehicle and maneuvering through all kinds of terrain.
full time (Active) is consistent and high pay, normally weekends off, lots of holidays off, 30 days paid leave per year. A bed, food, clothing, and lots of amenities are provided. Everything that is in society is in the military. Rapists, murderers, thieves, violent individuals, and really great loving caring people. you cant trust everyone but you can also make life long friendships and relationships. The travel can be great, and it can be dangerous, but that is part of the job.
the amount of Independence and feeling of self worth is great for young adults, travel, travel, travel
you may be physically abused by leaders, you may be shot or blown up
Squad/Team Leader (Current Employee) – Camp Pendleton, CA – October 20, 2016
An average day would consist of rigorous physical fitness, followed by classroom instruction taught by myself. The period of instruction would consist of advanced field medical procedures, followed by field tactics in order to best close with the enemy while keeping yourself and your teammates alive. The work that I have done directly helped my squad survive two tours in the middle east in various combat zones.
The marine corps has changed the way I think and the way that I get tasks done. It has made me a more proficient person and a better human being. my work ethic and attitude is among the highest quality found in the marine corps.
Rewarding and Humbling Experience, A Great Learning and Growing Opportunity
Collateral Duty Inspector (CDI) (Current Employee) – Cherry Point, NC – July 26, 2016
Throughout my five years of service in the United States Marine Corps, I have acquired an invaluable education, one that cannot be found in any school or university. I have had the opportunity to deploy overseas three separate times, visiting four different countries. My job as an aircraft mechanic has taken me into the centerfold of world issues involving the United States. I have had the opportunity to lead Marines in a supporting role of Operation Inherent Resolve. I have faced stressful and hectic work environments, learning crisis management and leadership. I have been mentored by many great individuals, and have grown tremendously as a person. I look forward to taking this experience with me everywhere I travel from here on out in life, and applying it in any workplace in order to achieve success.
Trainer (Former Employee) – Pensacola, FL – August 17, 2016
I loved working with the Marines that I had the opportunity to interact with. The federal government provides an excellent benefits package and a positive work/life balance. My lower rating comes from the lack of professionalism and the lack of maturity of my civilian supervisor. I felt no job security when this person could throw a temper-tantrum over the smallest issue that could affect my position. If you are lucky enough to be a GS employee, maybe you will have a different experience, but I have my doubts that government work is the way to go when they allow such unprofessional behavior among their civilian employees and supervisors.
Active leadership training at every level. Highly motivated environment. Professional co-workers with a "can do" and team attitude.
Counselor/Mentor/Supervisor (Current Employee) – Oceanside, CA – July 22, 2016
Serving as an active duty Marine provided a strong sense of camaraderie. Leadership was taught at every level. A Marine is characterized by the highest in military virtues and constantly strive to be the best at everything they do.
As a Staff non-commissioned officer, I was blessed to have the responsibility of ensuring Marines' discipline both personally and professionally, Marines are highly trained to be proficient and comfortable with themselves and their gear. The success and morale of every Marine is ensured. Safety was paramount and accountability always came first. It was a very motivating and fast learning environment.
Supply Chief (Former Employee) – Camp Pendleton, CA – December 4, 2015
A typical day of work was composed of Marines not completing tasks. Me having to correct them on a constant basis. I learned all of my leadership skills from there, as well as how to carry myself and to be professional. My management was not great at my last unit, I took a lot of the load on. My co-workers were very childish and did not behave as mangers. The hardest part of the job was training the marines that were stubborn. The most enjoyable was knowing that I had positively influenced many of the Marines I came into contact with.
Great healthcare benefits, being a postive role model
Combat Marksmanship Instructor (Former Employee) – Twentynine Palms, CA – July 19, 2016
A typical day at work in the infantry is never the same. I met some of my best friends and biggest heroes in the Marine Corps. I had three different chain of commands during my time in 3rd Battalion 7th Marines. Whether leadership was on point or a little unhinged, my brothers and I would always complete our mission. I am a family man. I have a wife and young son, my hardest times in the Marine Corps were always the down times, when there was nothing to do but miss them. At the same time though, my family was and is my biggest motivation to accomplish task right the first time. My job wasn't full of "thank you" or any kind of praise, but it was worth it to be part of something bigger than myself.
Working for the Marines as a combat photographer provided me real world experience and exposure to a wide range of cultures and socio-economic status'. I learned leadership, respect, bearing, tact, how to stay fit, as well as how to take and give direction. A typical day at work was waking up at 4:30am to workout, then be at work by 7:30am. During work hours I might be in a photo studio, at a ceremony, training exercise or investigation to provide photo coverage. I typically was processing anywhere from 1-5 projects at a time. During deployments the work increased exponentially often with less down time and harsh conditions. My co-workers were a tight knit team and each person's role was essential to the success of our mission. The hardest part of the job was providing top-notch products with not so top-notch equipment. The most enjoyable part of the job was the variety of events I was able to cover and my co-workers.
Platoon Sergeant (Former Employee) – North Carolina – September 29, 2016
During my 2 enlistments in the Marine Corps, I experienced many things. I've been deployed to Afghanistan twice, both times with an infantry battalion called 2/9. I've held many billets within the leadership of all places I served in the Marines. I completed a Special Duty Assignment as a Combat Instructor, where I instructed 100s of Marines totaling 100s of hours of platform instruction. I became a Senior Instructor as well, allowing me to mentor new Combat Instructors. I've organized and supervised live fire ranges and was a Subject Matter Expert for every squad organic weapon in the Marine Corps arsenal.
Joining the Marine Corp will push you beyond your mental and physical limits. You work what ever specific job you decide to study and get trained on as a everyday job. Every year you will qualify in special training such as the range, swim qualifications, combat fighting ie MCMAP. You are urged to further you're education and it is paid for while active duty and when you get out you can further your education with education benefits earned for serving your country.
Everyone around you becomes your family no matter who you are or where you're from.
May work strenuous hours without depending on workload.
Aviation Supply Specialist (Former Employee) – San Diego, CA – October 17, 2016
Everyday was well planned the day before. Everyone had a purpose and a job that contributed to the whole mission no matter how small. Management was firm yet fair and showed compassion to all the Marines, we were a family. I leaned how to account for classified items and complete requisitions that came from the squadrons on a daily basis. My co-workers or other Marines were the best to work with. We all knew each others strengths and weaknesses and pushed each other to be better everyday. The best part of the job was just being surrounded by support from my peers and accomplishing goals together either it be personal or work related. The hardest part of the job was accounting for all items owed to supply from the squadrons, given that we worked under a 1 for 1 swap condition. Sometimes the squadrons would like to keep the turn-in item as well as the off the shelf item.
Division Sales Manager (Recruiting) (Former Employee) – San Antonio, TX – October 14, 2015
I spent 20 years serving honorably and enjoying my service to our country. It was not always a rose garden but it was definitely something I love with a passion. The Marine Corps raised me and taught me everything I know. I was offered the opportunity and the challenge to earn the title United States Marine and I wore that title like a badge of honor. I love my beloved Corps and am forever grateful to be a part of its long and illustrious history.
Engineer Platoon (Current Employee) – Brooklyn, NY – October 15, 2016
Nothing gets the job done quicker than teamwork with Marines who know what the mission is at hand, and know how to complete it. This place is a remarkable foundation of knowledge and hands on experience where a heavy equipment mechanic can cross train with electricians and generator mechanics. The hardest part of the job is not being able to install certain parts in the equipment due to the lack of training time. the most enjoyable part of the job is being able to work with marines and learn something knew to better enhance your knowledge on certain equipment.
Productive and endless rewarding moments when working within the unit.
Administrative Chief (Current Employee) – Quantico, VA – March 16, 2016
A day at Marine Corps Embassy Security Group is long and eventful but in the best ways imaginable. I have learned that supporting Marines from all ove[r the world is a difficult task if not everyone is communicating. Throughout the day, I train and mentor Marines so that they can be better than the day before. I supervise Marines below me on a daily basis and counsel them on the correct and incorrect things that they do. The hardest part of the job is supporting Marine Security Guards from all over the world because they are in different time zones.
Motor Transport Operator (Former Employee) – Camp Lejeune, NC – September 9, 2016
A typical day at work would be maintaining readiness for vehicles, transporting marines, equipment, and or food. I learned basic upkeeps of military vehicles. Even though I wasn't a manager, I did however supervise jr marines and showed them the skills they needed to be a great marine. My co workers and I got along just fine on and off base. We were more like a real family instead of just "a band of brothers". The hardest part of the job was staying busy. The most enjoyable part of the job was driving or transporting anything that other marines needed.
Challenging but rewarding experience in the Marine Corps
Field Radio Operator (Current Employee) – Twentynine Palms, CA – September 19, 2016
As a Field Radio Operator in the Marine Corps, I am responsible for the communications element in field operations. I'm able to develop my proficiency in the job and as a leader/mentor to subordinates by coordinating efficient training, maintenance, and operation of a variety of communication devices. I receive immense satisfaction when training coworkers to perform the job with little to no supervision in troubleshooting and developing ideas and strategies that benefits the overall mission.
Job stability, recognition, and feeling of accomplishment.
Administrative Clerk (Former Employee) – Cherry Point, NC – August 16, 2016
A typical day in the United States Marine Corps varies wildly, from work days spent doing administrative tasks on base, to high stress training events and overseas deployments. From the Marine Corps I learned valuable life skills on a near-daily basis in the form of difficult, character-building tests of oneself. My co-workers and I were much closer than you will find in any civilian occupation, there was always a very close-knit work environment. The hardest parts of the job were the most enjoyable, the unique challenges you face as a Marine give a strong sense of accomplishment.
Aviation Mechanic (Former Employee) – Camp Pendleton, CA – November 21, 2015
After serving 5 years active duty, I learned many qualities that I was able to take with me into the civilian world. Most importantly, I learned how to pay close attention to detail, patience, discipline, time management, and respect for authority. A typical day at work would usually involve a formation, physical fitness, another formation, maintenance on our helicopters, liberty, gym, and then sleep. My co-workers were helpful and we were able to work together as a team. The hardest part about being an aviation mechanic was the demanding hours (!2+ hour shifts). The most enjoyable part of the job was learning new things and teaching the junior Marines.