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#102 - Derp, just caught on from the Trudeau stuff, I'm sorry that I'… 07/23/2016 on Combat Dump +1
#101 - USAF 07/23/2016 on Combat Dump +1
#82 - If you join any branch, you gotta be ready for nonsense. BMT h…  [+] (19 new replies) 07/23/2016 on Combat Dump +5
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#111 - fourtunehunters (07/23/2016) [-]
And by Marine Basic is exactly what you'd expect it to be, you mean a lot of really hard work?
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#116 - waffies (07/23/2016) [-]
Hard work, yelling, beating your face, gun toting, PT, so on. I mean anyone can correct me, it's just all I've heard of late from a few marines who flew in on an exercise last month
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#117 - fourtunehunters (07/23/2016) [-]
Yeah, that's about what I figured lol
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#118 - waffies (07/23/2016) [-]
Honestly I dunno what enlisted life in marines is like. I know they stay more active no matter what career field theyre in, but I couldn't tell you if they enjoy their bases, if their food services are any good, if their gate guards and personnel troops like their boses... couldn't even begin to hazard a guess. I know I respect the hell out of every retired marine I've met, upstanding guys
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#119 - fourtunehunters (07/23/2016) [-]
Yeah, I've heard life is a pretty solid Okay in the Marines. Plus I'm going for Officer as well. Only problem I'm having is the whole "Getting in shape" thing. Not that I'm too fat, it's that I'm took skinny and need to put on some weight. But still, I'm committed, so I'm willing to put the work in
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#123 - waffies (07/23/2016) [-]
That sounded a bit weird. Only muscle gained was arms and legs. Plenty of weight goes to a bit of body fat, all of the super toned guys bemoaned the weight gain and pinched at their stomachs
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#120 - waffies (07/23/2016) [-]
As long as you match minimum weight requirements you can make it. I went in thin as a rail and barely able to considered "fit", but I gained 10 pounds by the end of basic, if primarily just legs and arms. Do not think that being a bodybuilder in the gym is what they want. They have fitness standards for you to meet. Ought to be pushup, situps, mile and a half run, and probably pull ups for marines. Look up the standards, start practicing now. Running in particular, if not to build speed and pace, just to work out your lungs
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#125 - fourtunehunters (07/23/2016) [-]
No worries, I've done the research. For a max score on the PFT I need to run an 18 minute 3 mile, 20 Pullups, I think timed to about 2 minutes, and 100 crunches in 2 minutes. And, for an officer, I want to be able to score as high as possible to be competitive, especially for Combat Arms.
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#127 - waffies (07/23/2016) [-]
Actually looking to be infantry officer? Props to you! Yup, just start working at it. Don't really need to do any exercises except for those to help you increase your numbers, maybe look up recommendations online.

You researched officer training much? Got your degree or a plan to get it? Ready to lead fellow candy-o's?
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#128 - fourtunehunters (07/23/2016) [-]
Infantry, Armor or Artillery, whichever they'll take me for. And yeah, I've looked up a good deal on officer training. I'm going into the last year of my degree, and hell yeah I'm ready! A bit worried about how I'll do, but that's normal I guess. Luckily my dad was an officer in the Fire Department so he's given me some tips on leading people, as well I've looked into how officers throughout history and how they led their men, both their good ideas and bad ones, so I'm hoping I'll do good.
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#141 - severepwner (07/23/2016) [-]
Please be aware of how enlisted think of those who just become officers. You'd be what's called a "butter bar". Butter bars are infamous for poor leadership, and huge egos. Known for not respecting those below them that are far more experienced, and thinking they actually know what they're doing.

Not sure if you said what branch you said you were going into, but just don't forget about the lowly Lance Corporals. They're often more experienced than you, so respect what they have to say as someone from the front line. Don't let them walk all over you of course, but don't ignore them, or you're going to be another butter bar to despise. Same goes for the NCOs, those guys could be Colonels in terms of experience, but they're lower rank than you because they're enlisted, but in reality they're worth far more than you. Especially respect the advice and counsel of someone that's been in the military for a decade longer than you. Don't be the typical dumbass butter bar.
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#145 - fourtunehunters (07/23/2016) [-]
Don't worry, I very much know all about Butter Bars and I intend to not be that bad. I'm planning on joining the Marines, and I know to listen to the people who've been in longer than I have, and I fully intend to take their advice. As well, I find that I'm generally good at navigating over land, haha
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#129 - waffies (07/23/2016) [-]
I'm just an E-3 so I'm not one to lecture you then. Best of luck brother, maybe some day I'll launch a plane you're catching a ride on!
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#130 - fourtunehunters (07/23/2016) [-]
Maybe! Hopefully it's not into a war zone, haha
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#135 - waffies (07/23/2016) [-]
Well, most back line people look forward to deployments, just so we can feel the impact we're having as we support front line troops. I mean, in maintenance you become a hero if you rush out to a burning plane and fight fire long enough to get the crew out, but infantry does the tough job every deployment. Anxious as it may make you someday, we like helping you get set up to go, we love fixing the planes you ride and that support ya
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#140 - fourtunehunters (07/23/2016) [-]
Yeah, I get that. And if I'm ever put into that situation, I'm sure I'll be thankful for you guys when the shit hits the fans
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#87 - klowserpok (07/23/2016) [-]
American military, or Canadian?
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#102 - waffies (07/23/2016) [-]
Derp, just caught on from the Trudeau stuff, I'm sorry that I'm an idiot
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#101 - waffies (07/23/2016) [-]
#69 - Quality of life is good steps above the other branches from wh…  [+] (1 new reply) 07/23/2016 on Combat Dump +2
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#278 - wholesomeburn (07/24/2016) [-]
No actually, I think that answers my question! Thanks mate!
#29 - I guess hypothetically a prop engine does send air over the wi… 07/23/2016 on Plane almost stops mid air... +4
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#4 - niikhavod (07/24/2016) [-]
I know that feel bro. Grief takes time. It gets better after a long while but it never truly goes away.

Webm semi related, not everyone knows, but a lot of us do.
#14 - Also follow up, this is the cover of the NavyTimes, AirForce T… 07/23/2016 on Combat Dump +22
#11 - While i kinda see your point, we are sworn to follow the presi… 07/23/2016 on Combat Dump +9
#10 - For the record, and speaking entirely as an individual without…  [+] (3 new replies) 07/23/2016 on Combat Dump +7
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#53 - wholesomeburn (07/23/2016) [-]
How is life in the air force? I was thinking about applying, since I have a background in aircraft maintenance but couldn't get a job with it.
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#69 - waffies (07/23/2016) [-]
Quality of life is good steps above the other branches from what I hear. Ive got good friends in Navy, and recently separated Marine friends. We have better day to day stuff as far as housing and food and facilities like gyms. As far as work, each shop is your family. My dad just died and within days I had offers of help from 50 people as well as a collection to help with funeral costs before they even asked if I wanted it. We look after our own, and there's a hell of a lot of comradery. I mean some people insist we've drank too much Blue Kool Aid, but it feels good. As an aircraft maintainer myself I can say that we're very tedious and strict with fixing planes, but that's because a single lost tool can cost a whole crew their lives.

I'm also fresh in, so I'm full of enthusiasm still, some older guys dislike it

Any more specifics? I can go as in depth as you like about life while in
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#278 - wholesomeburn (07/24/2016) [-]
No actually, I think that answers my question! Thanks mate!
#9 - Welp, if you have any questions on military in general, feel f… 07/23/2016 on Combat Dump +1