HOW TO PICK A JOB
Well, there is no correct answer to this question. Since you are all enlisting for your own reasons and since you all have different priorities, the process of picking your job is your business and you really shouldn't let others influence your decision. Sometimes in life you just have to say, 'fuck it' and roll with the punches.
- Don't assume that how a job worked out for one Marine will be how it will go for you. Remember, we are all different, times change, you might serve in a different unit type, or you might hear some exaggerated or misleading stories from Marines.
- If you pick a job based on its tough guy reputation and because you think it will give you more respect, that is fine and dandy. Just understand that there are hundreds of Marines who have taken this path and then end up pissed off because their job wasn't what they hoped it would be and no one really gave a crap about their job once in. You will get respect for who you are as a person and not for the job you do. And when picking a job that is perceived as "tough" or "bad ass", be sure you clearly understand that these perceptions will do you no good in the civilian world. Just think about how pathetic it is when you choose a certain job and then rely on that label to get you respect.
- Don't let your recruiter pick or suggest any job for you unless you ask him to. He or she isn't an expert in any job except for the one they have served in, so don't let them paint this awesome picture of what other jobs are like.
really isn't this "perfect" job, so don't waste to much time trying to
find it. All jobs will suck and be the best at one point or another.
- You should expect to be treated differently in some jobs. Example: If you picked the infantry MOS you can expect to have to deal with tons more juvenile bullshit then say if you picked the band MOS or an MOS like Public Affairs or Combat Camera.
- Trying to figure out a job's daily schedule, the pros and cons, and shit like that is pointless because so many variables come into play when dealing with jobs. If you find yourself trying to figure these things out, you might be over thinking the process.
- A high ASVAB score does not mean you have to pick a job with a higher required score. You should feel free to choose any job you qualify for and once again, don't let anyone tell you that you must pick a certain job because of your score. This isn't the old Marine Corps where "dumb" people picked certain jobs and "smart" people picked other jobs. Today's USMC is very mixed and you will find people from all walks of life in most jobs.
- You cannot pick jobs such as Drill Instructor, Recruiter, Silent Drill Platoon, Force Recon, Marsoc, Recruiter, Dog Handler, Embassy Guard and several others when enlisting, so don't research those jobs. Those jobs you can worry about once in the Marine Corps.
- No job in the Marine Corps is going to vault you onto Wall Street and no job in the Marine Corps is going to cause you to become homeless. Believe it or not you will fail or succeed as a civilian regardless if you serve or not and regardless of the job you pick.
- Don't search for the perfect job. It doesn't exist.
- Don't try to be in the infantry without picking the 03xx MOS field. If you are being told that jobs like MP, Field Radio Operator, Combat Engineer, or Artillery are just like infantry, then you are being misled. Only 03xx/infantry jobs are like infantry.
you want infantry and are told Security Forces (SF) is the same thing,
you need to have this explained to you. If it were the same shit, why
in the hell would it be called SF? Security Forces contracts are two
parts. The second part will have you in an infantry unit. The first part
will have you doing something very different.
- Do not be tricked by cool sounding jobs such as Field MP, or Combat Engineer, or Security Forces or Field Radio Operator. Have these jobs clearly explained to you if they interest you. I can tell you combat engineers are not "combat" Marines as in grunts. They are actually engineers who build and tear down stuff and who are basically the jack of all trades. Just don't let the "combat" part mislead you into thinking you will be a front line fighter, because you wont. And don't let the "engineer" part mislead you into thinking you will be an actual engineer as in the type which requires many years of college, because it is not this type of engineer.
- If you are one of the lucky ones who gets a Recon Option contract, make sure you have it clearly explained to you where your ass is going to end up in the event you fail your Recon tryout. The answer is your ass can end up in any job, this means any job to include non-infantry jobs.
- Understand your job selection as best as possible. And for the love of God, do your research of possible jobs BEFORE you agree to any job. I don't know why I am often asked about a specific job that some poor poolee picked after he signed for it. It's supposed to be the other way around. Research first, then pick it. If you are being pressured to sign for a job, tell your recruiter you need a few days to do your research. If you're being told you have to pick a job right then and there, then this should send a huge red flag in front of your face. There is no good reason they should tell you that you must pick a job right then and there. Don't fall for their bullshit pressure tactics. "Sorry Staff Sgt. I need more time to research these jobs and I am not prepared to pick a job at this moment." <<< It's that simple. Open your mouths.
- Don't be afraid to ask for a bonus.The USMC does give out bonuses and it isn't always for the "geeky" type jobs. All you can do is ask.
- Do not think that you can change your job after one or two years. That wont happen and don't let anyone blow smoke up your ass. Always assume that the job you ship to boot camp with will be the job you do for your entire enlistment.
- Keep in mind that your job choices are determined by what you score on your asvab test and on what is available at the time of your enlistment. The higher you score the more jobs that will be open to you.
- Active duty enlistees can only pick a MOS job field such as 03xx and the USMC will decide where exactly you will be placed at a later date. Reserve contracts are allowed to pick their exact MOS such as 0311 if available. Not all jobs are available to reserve enlistees.
If you pick a job because you are obsessed with seeing "action", then I sure hope there is some "action" out there for you to take part in because if there isn't, you are going to possibly feel very stupid at the end of your enlistment.
Understand that certain jobs can land you in a type of unit you may not want to serve in. As an example: If you are picking an admin type job to avoid the infantry life, you need to understand that an admin male Marine can end up in an infantry unit, or a tank unit, or artillery unit and many others. Of course you'd be doing admin stuff, so don't jump to any silly conclusions.