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They were stationed in Hawaii and San Diego so I doubt it lol. No but seriously there’s room for growth one of the guys from my high school is a first lieutenant and trains marines for active deployment. He loved goofing off in our high school concert band but the marines shaped him into an absolute tank.Your friends are lying
I doubt that. An airman running a fuel point.....or a fork truck......or a check point or many other jobs for Jr enlisted folks has no need for a secret clearance. They cost money to conduct. 25 years in the army and 90% of the enlisted folks I worked with didn't need a secret clearance until they made the e7 list. All commissioned officers needed a secret clearance......or have an interim clearance started just to enter ocs or any other commissioning program.
this sounds about rightf***in recruiters!!My cousin joined the USMC about 40 years ago to become a mechanic. He was promised a mechanic job but did not want to offend his friend, the nice recruiter, by asking for a written guarantee. He completed basic and got his order to be a cook.
My father called the recruiter who of course denied making any such promise. My father had a few more conversations each ending with him asking "Who is your CO and how do I contact him?". Finally he was told something like "The USMC honors its word, we will investigate, and if a promise was made it will be honored".
Shortly before graduation he was summoned to a colonel's office and pressured to say no such promise was made. He followed all military protocols in how he answered, but did not modify his story or crack under the intimidation. Shortly thereafter he received new orders to report to mechanic school, did his enlistment, and was honorably discharged, did plumbing for a few decades, and retired.
The Marine Corps appeals to people with an intense desire to be part of something. Their recruiting efforts cater to that notion. For my older brother this was important. He thinks Paratroopers are insane.I vote Marines but then again I never served in any branch of the AF just have a bunch of friends who went into the Marines and had great experiences.
When my oldest son turned 18 and mentioned enlisting, he had a GED and a 96th percentile ASVAB. The Army recruiter's eyes grew wide and promised him any MOS he wanted.For the average active teen, Cavalry Scout is still a great choice, and not for the reason you might think. While there isn’t much difference in the training vs Infantry, Cavalry units are usually stationed out front or on borders, maximum distance from Headquarters. More time in the field and less higher command BS.
...it’s my understanding that contracts are not guaranteed so placement is not entirely based upon performance or ability initially
Your understanding of the Marine Corps contracts and "placements" is wrong.
The Marine Corps recruitment contract guarantees a specific Occupational Field, but does not guarantee a specific MOS within that OccFld.
(Potential recruits can sign an open contract in which the needs of the Corps will select their OccFld and MOS, but signing an open contract is not recommended.)
ASVAB scores determine which OccFlds the potential recruit is qualified for or not qualified for.
ASVAB scores also help determine which MOS within an OccFld a potential recruit will be selected for.
For example, to be eligible for the Infantry OccFld the potential recruit needs a minimum GT score of 80.
By the time a potential recruit gets to their MOS school they have already graduated Boot Camp, so I'll call them a Basically Trained Marine now.
When our BTM gets to the Infantry Training Battalion, if they met the bare minimum GT score, they will most likely be assigned the MOS of Rifleman.
BTMs with Infantry OccFld contracts and higher GT scores are assigned other Infantry MOSs; the highest GT scores typically become TOW Gunners.
In another example, when our BTM gets to Engineer School, if they met the bare minimum Mechanical Maintenance (MM) score, they will most likely be assigned the MOS of Bulk Fuel Specialist.
BTMs with Engineer OccFld contracts and higher MM scores are assigned other Engineer MOSs; the highest MM scores typically become Combat Engineers of Engineer Assistants.