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RayK
Cochise

USA
925 Posts

Posted - 24 Aug 2014 :  06:04:11 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My youngest son, Brandon has made the decision to join the United States Marine Corps. He is leaving Tuesday for Parris Island. We are proud of him and will miss him but he is excited to begin the next phase of his life. I only wish his mom was still around to see him. She would be proud.

1969 Firebird 461, #62 iron heads, Comp roller, Performer RPM, Q-Jet Turbo 400 w/ Continental converter. GM 8.5" 10 bolt with 3:73 gears.11.50's@ 119+ MPH

67drake
Sitting Duck

Azerbaijan
1501 Posts

Posted - 24 Aug 2014 :  09:31:03 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Congratulations!
My step son went in a few years back. He's out at Camp Pendleton in San Diego Ca. This summer he was supposed to be deployed to Afghanistan,but he found out about 5 days ahead of time a lot of his group was not needed,so he stayed in Ca.
I was very proud of mine too,but it's a mixed bag. I miss him,but when he comes home on leave it's just like it used to be- His room is destroyed in minutes,the garage and driveway are a mess with tools laying around,dirty dished everywhere,ect
I'm sure your son will do well,but it is a big step.


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67drake
Sitting Duck

Azerbaijan
1501 Posts

Posted - 26 Aug 2014 :  5:27:45 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Talk about a timely subject....... yesterday my 17 year old went and talked to a recruiter. He's at least considering going into the Marines too. He's undecided as of now.
He is a very smart, above 4.0 GPA,and extremely athletic. He tells us there is NO WAY he is sitting behind a desk the rest of his life,but he's not really into the trades/working with his hands either.
We don't know if he would pass the physical though. He tore his MCL and dislocated his knee cap in a football game last year. I guess the Marines are picky about past injuries.


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rkellerjr
Many Feathers

USA
1260 Posts

Posted - 26 Aug 2014 :  10:03:01 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Congrats and thanks for serving young man!

Rich
1975 TA - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aR86YT69yeY
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67drake
Sitting Duck

Azerbaijan
1501 Posts

Posted - 03 Oct 2014 :  07:58:34 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My son just found out the Marines won't take him. His knee injury last year was too severe I guess. He was not a happy camper yesterday.


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loosetappet
Sitting Bull

113 Posts

Posted - 03 Oct 2014 :  08:40:55 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Carrying a 60-70 pound pack on a 15 mile forced march will test even the healthiest of knees. My son still has knee problems even 6 years later, and he was in good shape when he went in. Another branch of service may be more forgiving of past injuries.

Edited by - loosetappet on 03 Oct 2014 08:43:10 AM
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Admin
Ye Olde Webmaster

848 Posts

Posted - 03 Oct 2014 :  09:13:06 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Drake, if your boy really wants to serve, he can try the Army, Navy or Air Force. There are many specialties available that require smart, sharp people. Being declined for infantry duty with the USMC shouldn't thwart his patriotism to serve. They are just saying infantry isn't for you, you're a medical risk.

Bill

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67drake
Sitting Duck

Azerbaijan
1501 Posts

Posted - 03 Oct 2014 :  09:50:17 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ray sorry I highjacked your thread.LOL
Bill,it is MY son that was told he could not join.
I told him the same thing-he could join another branch. He had his heart set on the USMC though,just like his older step brother. I also think he is kind of PO'ed because he is kind of an athletic "freak". He's in my local paper constantly in write up's for his abilities in sports,and then the USMC tells him they won't take him because of an injury. I know this is hard on him. He was never told he was not physically fit for something.
i.e. Last Sat. game- http://journaltimes.com/sports/high-school/racine-lutheran/dahms-crusaders-out-of-their-funk/article_e14ae196-a933-5ce4-b011-4bb8d4599dd5.html

Bill,you say the infantry won't take him,can he go to college under ROTC and join instead as an officer in the USMC?


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Edited by - 67drake on 03 Oct 2014 09:56:08 AM
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Admin
Ye Olde Webmaster

848 Posts

Posted - 03 Oct 2014 :  12:12:07 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Drake,
Your son will need to discuss ROTC with a few students in the program and instructors. Proving that his knees are not likely to cause him a medical problem or effect his position will be important. Getting an opinion from an orthopedic doctor is crucial. If he attends a college with an ROTC program, he is likely to succeed and be commissioned at the lowest officer grade (0-1) at or about the time of his BA. The Marines are not likely to take him. There force is small. JAGs in the USMC, e.g. tote a gun and fight. They deem all marines as ground pounders unless they are a physician, chaplin, dentist, or aviator.

There are lots of military specialties. Carrying a weapon is one of them, but there a hundreds of others that still take it to the enemy, just in a different way.

Bill

"Dedicated to keeping the classic Pontiac engine alive."

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RayK
Cochise

USA
925 Posts

Posted - 05 Oct 2014 :  1:29:35 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
No worries Drake. It's not the first time it's happened here. lol

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67drake
Sitting Duck

Azerbaijan
1501 Posts

Posted - 16 Sep 2015 :  10:51:05 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Well,a new update-
Long story short,my son talked to a new recruiter foreever ago. Recruiter told him if he could get cleared by his Ortho surgeon and a Marine doctors board,he could get in. It's been about 8 MONTHS of "Red Tape" and aggravation,but his recruiter called yesterday and told him he is enlisting on Friday. Marine son #2
RayK,how is your son doing?




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Edited by - 67drake on 16 Sep 2015 10:56:16 AM
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67drake
Sitting Duck

Azerbaijan
1501 Posts

Posted - 19 Sep 2015 :  08:45:46 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ray,I tried to send you an E-mail,it didn't go through.


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Edited by - 67drake on 19 Sep 2015 08:54:54 AM
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