So how in the hell do you pick a job???
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.
Marine Corps is a once in a lifetime opportunity, so in a perfect
world you might want to pick a job that isn't found in the civilian
world. Just don't over-think the process and be very honest with
yourself. Don't fuck around toying with the idea about picking a job
you have no interest in or are able to qualify for. Find a list of
jobs online and pick out several that interest you. Keep in mind you
will never find a clear explanation of what a job entails online since
this is nearly impossible to explain without actually going through
it. So don't search too hard for a job description online, because it
doesn't exist. Any info you will find is going to be a very basic job
description that will do it no justice.
Before you visit with a recruiter,
you should have a general idea about three different job fields that interest you and
that you wouldn't mind serving in. In a perfect world you want to stick
to these three choices as best as possible. Once you get your ASVAB
scores, you then will know if you qualify for your desired jobs. If you
don't, then you pick out other jobs. If you do, then you make it very
clear to your recruiters that this is the job field you want. Once you
qualify for your desired job and once you make it very clear that this
is your preferred job, it is your duty to not accept any other job. And
remember, if you are enlisting as a reservist, your job choices will
be limited, but you will get to pick your exact job as opposed to only
picking your job's field.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
cannot pick jobs such as Drill Instructor, Recruiter, Silent Drill
Platoon, Marsoc, Recruiter, Dog Handler, and
several others when enlisting, so don't research those jobs. Those jobs
you can worry about once in the Marine Corps.
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. You can read more about civilian life after the Marine Corps by clicking here.
When choosing a job to possibly gain future job skills, you need to remember this:
1) You're assuming you will want to do this type of work as a career
once out. 2) You're assuming that your job field will be hiring. 3)
You're assuming that your desired civilian job will be located near
you. 4) You're assuming you will be able to get hired, and 5) you're
assuming that your military job will be accepted in the civilian world.
Most Marines will never use their USMC job in the civilian world. What
they use to get hired is their veteran status and their military
experience as a whole. Plus many of these jobs that you think will land
you cool civilian jobs might require certifications or more schooling,
so don't just assume you are a shoe in because you pick job X. No job in
the USMC is going to grant you a free pass into any company/job in the
civilian world. At the end of the day you yourself has to pass their
hiring process in order to get hired.
Marine Corps has many interesting jobs to pick from, so do your
research and try to pick your job with some maturity instead of being
like the masses who run to a certain MOS field such as infantry for all
the wrong reasons only to regret it while counting down the days until they get out.
If you find yourself stuck between two jobs that are polar opposites,
you may want to call a time out and reevaluate your situation.
Example: If you can't decide between infantry and the intelligence MOS,
something is very wrong. These two jobs are complete opposites in
every sense, so during the process of deciding which jobs interest you,
why you want to serve and what you hope to get out of your service,
something went wrong. You shouldn't be all over the map when it comes
to choosing your job, especially if you have been interested in the
USMC for a longer period of time. If you only recently have started to
show an interest in the Marine Corps and you're stuck between very
contrasting jobs, then this is understandable. Just make sure you
aren't this way once in the DEP.
a person gets stuck between two similar jobs such as infantry and
artillery, or intel and linguist or aircraft mechanic and vehicle
mechanic. When you find yourself stuck between two jobs that are
complete opposites, it might suggest to you that you don't really know
what you want to do while serving or what you hope to get out of your
service. Being undecided about two very different jobs is the same thing
as a person being stuck between enlisting into the Air Force or the
Marine Corps. These two branches are complete opposites in every sense
and a person should not be stuck between choosing either branch. You
have to have a general idea of what you want.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you go reserve duty you can pick your exact job assuming you qualify for it and assuming it is available. If you go active duty you can only pick the job's field and or a contract with mixed jobs under it. Very few active duty jobs have their own contract. Many jobs fall under a contract with more than one job under it which you can get, so make sure you read and understand this crap when picking a job. A good example is if you want to be an 0311 infantry man, you cannot enlist into active duty as an 0311. You will enlist with a general 0300 infantry contract and your exact job of 03 something will be figured out later.
In closing there really isn't a "best" way to choose your job. And
in the end it will be your ass who has to live with your decision, so
think long and hard and don't forget to think about your future when
picking your job. This doesn't mean you have to pick a job that will
possibly help you once out. It simply means think of your future as in
your health, your satisfaction, your desire to reenlist, your rate of
promotion, your quality of life and all of that bullshit.