I have noticed that many of you are looking at the Delayed Entry Program as something you actually enlist into and it is not. The DEP is simply where you are placed once you have enlisted into the Marine Corps and are awaiting to ship out. You can be in the DEP for as little as 1 day or as long as 365 days. It is not something you choose to be a part of. It is very important you do not make the DEP program out to be something it is not.
I constantly get asked questions such as these: Should I enlist into the DEP? How do I qualify for the DEP?, Can I fail the DEP? How much do I get paid in the DEP? What uniforms do I wear in the DEP?, and Can I skip the DEP?. These questions are proof that many of you do not clearly understand what the DEP program is for. You do not have a choice in regards to being in the DEP. And you should not be looking at your enlistment process as if you will be enlisting into the DEP because you will be enlisting into the Marine Corps and not the DEP. Just like MEPS, the DEP is just a part of the enlistment process. The DEP is made to give you future Jarheads confidence and it is made to make you hard-chargers feel good about yourselves by making it seem like you are now in the USMC and a part of something special. That is all it is. Do not make things out to be something they are not.
While in the DEP you are supposed to be learning your USMC knowledge, doing some good ole Marines Corps PT, and learning about the USMC’s ways by speaking with actual Marines and by going to various functions/events that are USMC related. Not every recruiting station will run their DEP program the same way. Some recruiters are more motivated and have more resources available to use, while some recruiters really don’t put much effort into the DEP. So just because you heard of one future Marine who did certain stuff while in the DEP, this does not mean you will also being doing the same shit.
Some recruiters who are more hard-core will demand that you be there for every single meeting and they will even threaten you with that if you don’t show up, then you may be kicked out of the DEP. Chances are really good that if your ass gets kicked out for not showing up to a meeting, then you are probably being kicked out because you are a flaky prospect and you are an at risk Poolee and not because of missing a meeting. It is always in your best interest to attend every meeting, but you should never allow for these meetings to get in the way of your regular life in things such as work, school, family emergencies or engagements and things of this nature. Remember, you are not a Marine yet and they cannot force you to attend anything. If you are going to miss a DEP function, make sure you tell your recruiter as soon as possible that these are your intentions.