I don't know if you even remember talking to me about
the Marine Corps, but I asked you a few questions about a year
ago and you answered them for me. Just to keep you updated,
I just enlisted in the Marine Corps active duty for four years.
I go to Parris Island September 8, I still have to graduate high
school and turn 18. My MOS will probably be data systems
(hopefully I'll be able to be a small systems specialist).
Thanks for your help earlier. Semper Fi.
Congratulations. I am glad to hear that you enlisted and
let me tell you, there will be times when you think it was the
worst decision you ever made (probably about the 5th second
at bootcamp!) But please do not get discouraged. Memorize and
remember what I am about to say when you feel that way:
The lowest moment in the Marine Corps is not as low as the
highest moment is high.
You will have to take my word for it but you will someday
realize that that is true. I have been through bootcamp, NCO
School, the Persian Gulf War, Officers' Candidate School, and
The Basic School, all of which had their share of less-than-wonderful
moments but they cannot even touch the high I get from just
being able to say "I am a Marine."
In the meantime, pick up two books and read them cover to
cover. The first one is called "Marine" by Tom Clancy and the
other is called "Making the Corps" by Thomas E. Ricks. They
will be great background knowledge prior to going to bootcamp.
If I can do anything else, let me know. Good luck, Semper
Fi and God Bless.
-- Lt Grose