From: name withheld
Sent: Tuesday, March 28, 2000 1807
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.
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
United States Marine Corps
"And of course you can't become
if you only say what you would have done..."
If You Steal My Sunshine