Postal Clerk (Former Employee) – Okinawa Japan and Camp Pendleton – June 23, 2018
In the Marine Corps I served as an 0161 Postal Clerk on the island of Okinawa Japan and my last duty station was Camp Pendleton. During my time in service my duties were a Marine first and a Postal clerk second. While as a Marine/Postal clerk my duties included working Monday-Saturday shipping, receiving, working the cash counter with customers, counting money orders, reviewing package numbers/inventory, counting money and closing the registers while being supervised.
You work and live with your company. Everybody is like a brother or sister that you look out for and trust. The hours are long and the day can feel like it's never going to end but working with such a close knit group helped tremendously.
Cryptological Linguist (Former Employee) – California – June 22, 2018
This isn't a job; it's a lifestyle. I would only consider this if you're single, and you're willing to give it 100% of your time and attention. You have to be comfortable with physical discomfort, and you'll have to leave your ego at the door if you want to make it through boot camp (i.e., Recruit Training).
Recruit Training is a grueling three months at either Parris Island, SC, or San Diego, CA. If you live East of the Mississippi (or you're a woman) you'll go to the former. Recruit Training is structured in phases: you'll participate in constant physical training, learn Marine Corps history, learn to shoot, swim, hike, and drill. If you pass the crucible (a week-long final test), you'll be pinned. Congratulations, you're a Marine.
You get a week to celebrate with your friends and family, and then you fly out for the month-long Marine Combat Training. It's like Recruit Training but the time you can sleep at night gets cut from 6-8 to 3-5. It sucks, but it's a month long, and you get to throw a grenade. You can get through it.
Then you go to your job school. This can vary any where from a few weeks to two years (e.g., Linguist). You're still bottom of the wrung at this point, so also expect this to suck.
Once you graduate from your school, you'll make it to the "fleet." This is the "real" Marine Corps, which is operations-oriented opposed to training-oriented. You won't have really made it until you deploy, which hopefully you do, as otherwise your military experience will always feel tarnished by having never gone overseas.
You'll still get mostmore... benefits like the G.I. Bill and VA health care, but that's about it. Don't expect to impress anyone with your training evaluations. With that said, your military experience can really only help you in you career advancement.
Only begin this journey if you're willing to put your family on hold. If you have an understanding wife or husband, you can possibly make it, but most early military marriages end in divorce. You can possibly juggle the two, but you'll pretty much be useless to everyone else if you insist on putting your family first. Starting a family is really a second or third enlistment affair.less
You have to travel, and you'll be volunteered for a lot of events. Free room and board. It's taken out of your paycheck, but you can save money if you're smart. (I.e., don't buy an expensive car or anything stupid like that).
You'll become isolated from friends and family; you CANNOT smoke pot, drug tests are regular and mandatory; you may develop a drinking habit.
Infantry Squad Leader (Former Employee) – Camp Pendleton, CA – June 21, 2018
Highly recommend this branch of services. It definitely has it's ups and downs more like a love and hate relationship. But its a job that you can call home and always another family to have. You have to be strong minded and willing to overcome challenges and be able to adapt to any environment you are put in. I have learned and experienced a lot. Glad I was able to become one of the few.
INFANTRY FIRE TEAM LEADER (Former Employee) – Camp Pendleton, CA – June 21, 2018
One must be service oriented in order to thrive in the USMC. It's not for everyone. It takes mental toughness as well as physical stamina. It's a strong warrior culture that anyone would be proud and honored to be a part of.
Decent pay, benefits, sense of belonging and pride.
DISTRIBUTION CLERK (Former Employee) – Camp Lejeune, NC – June 21, 2018
Daily operations were to distribute cargo to the units associated with us efficiently. There are many other military occupational specialties in the Marnie Corps, whoever else might experience something completely different.