Originally posted by Thomas Paxton
[b]Info is an E-2 (Marines are different than Army)
I ship out to Basic Training at Fort Leonardwood, Missouri in Six weeks. I’m gone before you. Anyway best of luck man. Heck, who knows, we may end up running into each-other, and we will never know it.
I should ship out as an E-3. (I just passed my PT, and have gotten a friend signed up.)
It’s gonna be
nine weeks of hell an’ nothin’ but pain!
but now bad Johnny he was basically trained…
Good ol’ cadances… [/b]
I love being able to count on you to correct mistakes about the Marines. I’m a soon to be E-3 (should have been since March) Lance Corporal. In order to join the Marines as a E-3, you have to be pretty close to graduating since it takes one full year (about 30 units) to get contract PFC. That or you have to get a buttload of people to sign-up. It is possible to get Lance Corporal after boot camp by being Guide (which makes you platoon/company Honor Man) or getting to people to go to boot camp after boot camp.
The air force is for a bunch of drunken loonies… DG!!!
Actually, that’s the Marines. In fact, people have asked me if I’m in the right service since I don’t drink at all.
Vorpy: It’s the US Military. They’re desperate.
Not quite Xelo. Yes you get a promotion for getting a friend to join, but it isn’t out of desperation. Especially since recruiting is widely insulted.
Yeah, you get rank for that, but that’s because for non-com’s, once you hit corporal, it takes forever to go up in rank.
In the Marines Lance Corporal is sort of the roof and Corporal is hard as hell to get.
And Infonick, my apologizes, I could’ve sworn that E-1 is PFC. So you’re an E-3, sweet
Grrr…I’ve been in for awhile and I’ve had PFC as my title for awhile. I’m a bit perplxed since I’ve had my title for awhile and PFC isn’t E-1 in any service, but it’s not important.
Also, since both of you are going. Don’t sweat it. Near the end you’ll be surprised by how easy it was. Since you passed your initial physical fitness test you both should be fine. The mental stuff is actually pretty easy. As long as you’re fit, you’ll be fine. That was my problem. I was a weak thing when I had joined. I hadn’t exercised in 5 or 6 years, sat at home a lot and played games and I still made it through. I struggled, but I made it (my 1.5 mile run time at the start was 13:30) and I’m good now. Just stay motivated, have your family write you, write them, and keep your eye on the goal.