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This email addresses what I do as an Officer of Marines.

Hey sir- just ran across your webpage, it's really nice.  Just had a question about your MOS, although I wasn't sure if you are a tanker just filling a billet, anyway, here goes.  I am currently a MECEP at the Ohio State University, I am going to OCS this summer.  My question is what are your thoughts on your MOS, do you like it, hate it, how was the school?  I was a unit diary clerk for 6 years and have a lot of Admin experience, I was one of those who would take the DODFMR or any Pubs binder to the head to read just for fun.  I just didn't want to end up as an 0193.  Not that it would have been bad, I just thought I could do the Corps better as an Officer.  Another concern I was wondering about is about the 0180 being replaced by the warrant officer 0170, I heard that but didn't know if it was scuttlebutt or not.  Anyway, I really liked your website and hope you can give me some gouge.

 Thanks
 



Here is my response.

I am a true 0180, trained right out of TBS. I was sent to 1st Tanks as my first duty station.

I like being the Adjutant. First, you are in the loop with everything that is happening. You hear everything and have an unusual relationship with some pretty high people, such as the CO and XO.

Second, you are the holder of a lot of knowledge. Not a lot of people want to memorize all the "by the book" regulations about the admin side of the Corps. But when they want it done right, you are the first person they come to with hat in hand.

Third, there is not specific job description so you end up doing a huge variety of things. It is never boring because you are constantly given small missions to juggle and your day to day expectations are impossible to map. It is fun but a little overwhelming sometimes.

Fourth, it is a comfortable MOS. You get an office, etc. Now for some people this would drive them nuts but I am a home/busy body to begin with so I love it. But the opportunity to do neat things still come your way. It is like visiting someone with a baby but not having to change diapers, then leaving when the baby starts crying. I have had 2 tank rides, been SPIE rigging, rappelling, gas chamber, rifle range, pistol range, week-long exercises in the desert, TEWTs (Tactical Exercise Without Troops), etc. So I still keep up on my warfighting skills. But when I see someone come into my office wind-blown, dirty, sunburned, and all-around miserable, I am thankful that I get to go home ever night mentally taxed but physically tired only from the PT I choose to participate in.

But the best thing about being an Adjutant is that you entire existence is to help others. This may sound a little altruistic but it is true. I get paid to help people and everything that I do is based on the simple concept that I am there to solve problems. And they come at you in waves. But you get the opportunity to help, and I mean really help, people everyday.

The last thing I will point out is that I am ever-aware of the tendency of those in my position to let the access to the top go to their head. As you can see, there is a lot of power involved but in the wrong hands, you could really take advantage of it and get yourself really hated by those around you. I am not a tanker but I like to think that the tankers do not look down upon me. I treat them with respect as I expect them to treat me. I always remember I am a Lieutenant (not "just a lieutenant" yet not "the all-powerful Adjutant"). If I ever find myself feeling better than those officers around me or a special Lieutenant+, I remind myself that while I do not stand for being belittled or unjustly insubordinated, I am still a junior officer playing by the same rules as the others. Some Adjutants forget that and get wrapped up in the mistaken fantasy world that they rate special consideration due to the position they hold. I despise that as much as I despise being looked down upon by the combat arms officers. Luckily, I have not had to hold my ground in that aspect yet but I know it will come someday. I will be ready for the fight.

I have not heard anything about 0170s replacing 0180s. In fact, 0170s are even more sparse than 0180s. We have not had one in decades and they are so short, I cannot see them replacing Adjutants. I hope not, I love "being the Adj!!"

Jason D. Grose
Lieutenant
United States Marine Corps
http://members.tripod.com/~jdgrose115/


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