There is no doubt that as an active duty Marine you will love many days in the Corps and you will also regret enlisting on many occasions. In certain units you may notice a much higher job satisfaction than in others. As an example, you may enjoy your USMC career much more in a job that has you working in a nice air conditioned office and not so much in a job that will have you in the field often. You may also notice that the further away you go from the infantry side of the Corps, the much happier you will usually find these Marines as a unit. This is why it is important to think about the job you are asking to do. Job satisfaction is one of the main reasons many Marines hate their enlistment, so think before you pick your MOS.
Before you ship to boot camp you can't wait to get in and once in after serving a year or two, many Marines can't wait to get the hell out. And guess what, as soon as you get out, you very often wish you were back in. This is why the Marine Corps is the ultimate love hate relationship.
Here is a breakdown of 100 average Marines as I saw them as to how they felt and fit into the Marine Corps.
- Ten of them truly hated the USMC with a passion. Remember, you may end up with one of these Marines as a roommate and you can’t do a damn thing about it. These Marines were a drag to be with and to work with. They are very negative in anything they do in life and were probably problematic teenagers. In most cases the Marine Corps didn't create these negative attitudes; it's just the way they are wired. They ended up regretting the day they enlisted. They blamed their recruiters, their parents, and everyone else for what they got themselves into. These Marines bad mouthed the USMC every chance they got and should never of have enlisted. These Marines never took responsibility for what they got themselves into and most of them enlisted for all the wrong reasons.
- Fifty of them were not pleased with the real Marine Corps once they served some time in their units, but they accepted what they got into and simply served their time and got out. These Marines were not negative all the time, and only did the bare minimum. They did what was asked of them and nothing more. They always gave it their all, and were neither high nor low about the Corps. This group of Marines in the long run benefited from serving and would do it again if needed. They may not run around yelling SEMPER FI, but deep down inside of them they are happy that they served and they are proud to be Marines. This group of Marines had very high expectations before they enlisted, but once in they realized it wasn’t what they thought it was going to be.
- Thirty of them enjoyed the USMC despite its bullshit games/ways. These Marines went the extra mile, and were always ready for whatever was tossed at them. These Marines are the Marines you want to be around. They understand the Corps and are team players and are positive influences. Many of these Marines adapt easily to whatever is tossed at them and they are good at following orders. They may not always agree with the USMC’s ways, but they will never let that ruin their enlistment. Many of these warriors end up re-enlisting and many of them are very open-minded.
- Ten of them were the hard-core motivated Marines that make you laugh, but in a good way. These Marines were born to be Marines and they eat, sleep, and shit Marine Corps. These Marines are the consummate professionals and are the motivation of your unit. They are the poster Marines, the squared away Marine, the Marine that sets the ultimate example. Although not always huge in stature, their mere presence made you very proud to be in the Marines.
- Keep in mind that at any moment any Marine can fit into any group listed above, but deep down inside this is how they broke down on average no matter what their outer surface may show from time to time. At the end of the day we are who we are.
- I actually enjoyed my time in the USMC and I had a blast, but this doesn’t mean I didn’t go through some bullshit that will drive many people crazy. I was just better at dealing with it and the nonsense never really got to me. It’s sort of like going to high school. Most of us hated high school, but we had to do it. If we learn to enjoy it and to take advantage of it and to accept it, then it can be a very fun place to go to each day. Same concept applies to the USMC.
- The higher your expectations are of the USMC, the more disappointed you are going to be.
- The bottom line is this: The USMC is not this perfect branch where everyone is gung-ho and ready to fight. The brotherhood and all that other jazz does exist, but not in the way that you may think. This may be the image the USMC sells, but let me tell you that the real Marine Corps is not like this. The same issues you have out here in the civilian world, you also find in the USMC. From racism, to thieves, to drunks, to laziness, to flat out idiots, the USMC is no different than the world you live in now, so prepare for this and accept it.