To be in the Marine Corp it is a must to love it. Some people join the USMC for the financial benefits and that is when they have a hard time in their enlistment. That been said, not everyone that wears the uniform is a Marine.
Nonetheless, I love the Corp. A typical day consisted of waking up at 0500 hours and PT (work out), then off to my job. I was an armorer and my duties involved maintenance, accountability, repair, supply and demand, and schedule maintenance and files among other responsibilities. Then after an 8-10 hour shift, we would be released into "liberty" (we were off work), and could go back to the barracks and continue the personal day.
The "higher ups" (high ranking Marines- management) were helpful, strict and fair.
The hardest part of the job was the sacrifices we made, like being away from family, friends, missing holidays, and family events.
The personal growth and development throughout the enlistment.
The endless sacrifices that we made on a daily basis.