I'm nobody special, but I thought it would be cool to have a USA veteran thread.
Hell, any nationality. Post here.
I couldn't enlist fast enough to catch Afghanistan bros. It fucking sucks. Got to go on a MEU and fuck around Africa and some other Middle-Eastern shitholes, though.
-Global War on Terror
-Global War on Terror Expeditionary
-Sea Service x2
-Meritorious Unit Commendation
-Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal
>tfw no CAR
Her expression says everything.
>mfw when he asked if he could hold my M4 and I said "no".
>3 campaigns Afghanistan
>1 campaign Iraq
>1 good conduct
>1 nco professional development
sweet valor arcom, who'd you piss off? also post whole jacket sans nameplate so i can mock you.
I know. I'm pretty much devoting myself from this point onward to being the best officer candidate (much less pilot candidate) that I can be. I just hope I didn't start too late.
>asks for opinion on joining IDF
>gets opinion that doesn't fit Zionist agenda.
>"go back to /pol/ whaaaaa"
Don't ask for opinions if you don't want them.
Not really doing it for pay. My unit isn't set to deploy for a long while, and it seems that Israel is a lot more gung-ho than we are when it comes to combat. I'm thinking Mahal. Do a year and a half, and if I hate it, I'm out.
Exactly what I did, and was a experience i'm glad I have now when all is said and done. You'll even be sent to a "ulpan," or hebrew school base with qt 3.14 female commanders for 3 months, so thats 3 months off practically from your actual service. And, if you want to do more, they'll ask you to sign more time.
That seems like a pretty sweet deal. I'll assume I'd have to go through the Israeli equivalent of Basic and AIT though, righ? I'm an MP now, thinking of keeping it that way.
Overseas with 1 star
Afghan with 1 star
Yeah. But definitely convey to your recruiters that you were an MP and want to be one, and don't take no for an answer, that's how they operate; the bureaucracy over there is atrocious.
I will let you know, however, to be a IDF MP, your Hebrew has to be almost on point. Just keep telling every single commander you come in contact with.
A friend of mine even threatened to "stay in jail" until he got the job he wanted, and it worked. Heard stories of some others actually staying in the military jail until they did. (The jail is a joke by the way.)
I did NROTC for the Marines starting in 2006. I didn't get the scholarship initially, but picked one up after my first semester. Maintain high grades and get your PFT 285+ and you'll be fine. Granted you aren't a criminal or complete weirdo, at the very least you should be able to get your foot in the door as a non-scholarship midshipman.
No this is a decision I've just made in the past couple of days, I haven't even started college yet.
(well, I completed one semester of community college. I didn't do as well as I would have liked, however, so I'm starting over from a new community college, then transferring to either Berkeley or Davis.)
This is good to hear. I'm a good student when I apply myself, so I'm confident I can get a 4.0 at my community college, then transfer for Aerospace engineering. As far as physical fitness, I'm not even close yet, but I think I can get to 285+ in two years.
Some PT advice:
If you decide to go to OCS during college then at Juniors you will PT occasionally but when you do it will be intense.
-People from 50 states in one area= Everyone gets sick
-Humid as hell
-Hills so many hills
You want to be able to run at least under a 20min 3 mile. Average pace at OCS fartleks are 6-7 min/mile.
Functional fitness is important.
I started doing couch-to-5k about a week ago, I'm starting to actually enjoy running.
And I'm starting weightlifting for strength come tomorrow.
Is there any extra-curricular stuff I should do to help my chances of getting a scholarship, or even to be a non-scholarship midshipman?
Thanks man, good luck in the Marines!
Honestly there is so much shit I could write but this guy has basically everything you should know about the experience of OCS.
Also they don't do juniors/seniors. It's one 6-week course very similar to seniors, but called bulldog. ROTC kids don't congregate with the PLC types until TBS, so I wouldn't expect you to know this.
Do they all have to do the 10 week PLC combined?
This guy could decide not to ROTC because honestly I like the fact that I don't need to do anything but stay in shape and know my basic shit like general orders, rank, history and shit.
Experience trumps all. A course or conference is better than nothing, but it will never be worth more than actually being in charge of a group of people. Remember that first and foremost you are training to be a rifle platoon commander. Marines deserve officers that already have some form of leadership experience.
Prepare as much as you can. The first couple weeks suck but you get used to the fast pace and the sergeant instructors USUALLY (not the same for every platoon) ease up towards the end.
Hold what you got warrior, I'll have you know I served in a WAR.