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-----Original Message-----
From: name withheld
Sent: Tuesday, March 28, 2000 1807
To: jdgrose115@polyglut.net
Subject: (no subject)

    Hello sir, I read your page and I must say I enjoyed it very much. So much that I even sneak away from the wifey to finish reading your stories. I am unfortunately am not a US Marine. So I am sorry for wasting your time. But what I write is real so please continue to read what I have to say. When I was 18 I messed up. My father looked down at me in great disappointment and said, "You need to grow up son !" So I decided to join the military. My best friend Cpl. Cadena who was in DEP at the time told me to join the Marine corps because stated simply it was the best. The next day he was on his way to MCRD. I could have used his guidance the next confusing moments of my life. My father had a good friend in the Air Force who was a recruiter. My father also felt the Marines were a mistake since they were not as "high tech" As the air force. So wanting to make everyone happy but myself I joined the Air Force. The first night of Bootcamp I knew I had made a mistake. Not because I could not handle the stress of Air Force Drill Instructors but because I felt  I was cheating myself. I could give my 75% and it equaled to 100% of Air Force standards. I wished not that I was in the comforts of my home but the uphill climb of MCRD. Don’t get me wrong the USAF has done well for me. I takes care of me and my wifey. It gives me a paycheck and lets me serve my country honorably. I have learned quite a bit from it’s opportunities. I am a LAN administrator and I am closing on a degree and certifications with Microsoft and Network +.  What I need to know is should I follow my dreams to be a United States Marine or should I get out and live an easy, nasty civilian life. Please respond to what I have told you. Because only you and my best man in my wedding Cpl. Cadena know my ordeal. Thank you Sir.


Joe,

It sounds like to me that you have already pretty much made up your mind, or are leaning towards the Corps. (“… should I follow my dreams to be a United States Marine or should I get out and live an easy, nasty civilian life.”)

And I think you know what I am about to say… this is a decision you must make yourself, with the help of your wife, of course. There will be many factors in your decision: how your wife feels, if you can be a low ranking enlisted man after spending years in the Air force, your age, the drop in your income, etc. You see my quote after my signature below. You might end up regretting that you never gave it a shot but then again, it might not be what you envisioned it to be and that would be a disappointment.

I am sorry I cannot give you more but this decision must really be looked out in your particular case before you commit to any course of action. My webpage is full of the experiences of my career and I would not trade it for anything. But it does not show the trials and tribulations, the years of dedication it took to get through some of the tough times. And your experiences will be different than mine: both the good and the bad.

So let me know what you decide and if you have any specific questions, let me know and I would be glad to help out.

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

"And of course you can't become
 if you only say what you would have done..."

    If You Steal My Sunshine
    Len


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