*THIS IS THE SECOND REPLY TO A YOUNG MAN WHO WNATED TO
BE A MARINE. HE WENT TO BOOTCAMP BUT WAS DISCHARGED DUE TO A PRE-EXISTING
MEDICAL PROBLEM HE HAD NOT DISCLOSED.
I appreciate your honesty. Quite frankly I was expecting
more of an
"(***) ripping", pardon the language.
You are right I do have a high respect and appreciation
for enlisted men, after my experience at MCRD. I have a friend
shipping off for MCRD on the 3rd of August. I am still trying
to motivate and help him out by letting him know a little more
than what the recruiters tell. I do still have an opportunity
to go back to training (as I understand) in 6 months. The only
propblem is what I want out of the Marine Corps. My heart is
truly set on a carrer in Law Enforcement. I have now been
informed that I can in no way become and MP in the Marine Corps
, even by a waiver, because of my eyesight. The two things I
want out of the military in general are 1. a law enforcement
position, and 2. to be an officer. I have been offered both
in the Army, but I am considering options in both. One point
the recruiters have brought to my attention is that I am still
young. I have time to carefully consider my options.
I have in the past months, since we have been communicating
appreciated your honesty and the, as you put "in your face",
point-of-view. I look forward to hearing your advice. Thank
you for your time and consideration.
You have to decide what you want to do. I would ask
you why you want to be an officer and what is more important to
you, a career in law-enforcement or a life as a Marine. I cannot
make that decision for you but I can tell you that you had better
weigh the pro and cons very closely because you do not want to
regret your decision for the rest of your life. The saddest thing
that I see are people who say they were going to join the Marine
Corps but didn't, as though that gives some access to the honor
it is to be a Marine.
Whatever you do, make a desicion and then go after it with
the fury of Hell itself. Let nothing stand in your way and if
it comes about that you end up as a janitor at some high school,
be the best damn janitor that school has ever seen. I do not
think it will come to that but you get the point. My advice
in a nutshell: Identify your dreams and attack it with
maximum violence of action.
-- Lt Grose