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(Any former military on here?) I'm seeking guidance for choosing an MOS


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Long story short, I am on track for going active duty in May (or earlier) in the Marine Corps.  If anyone could give some advice or short stories about choosing an MOS or what MOS you had and why, etc.  I have lots of hobbies that the Marines offer in regards to jobs but I do want to use as much free time as possible during my service to accumulate college credits.  I'm going in older...add ten years to eighteen.  Very mature.  I know this probably isn't the best place to ask this question due to likelihood of limited former military but I trust everyone on here.    

 

I've heard people say that pick something that would be fun...it's four years of your life go do something people rarely get a chance to do (let's use artillery as an example).  Others that say they picked something specific and landed a great job when they got out or when they got their college degree, etc (I read a story about a gentleman who was a combat engineer).  I know deep down the final say is up to me but I would love to hear stories! 

 

   

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Electricians are getting $125 an hour so I think going somewhere in that direction is a good idea. Also for the most part weather isn't going to ever be an issue when needing dry conditions during work.

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(I'm retired 30 plus years military, so the is what my answers are based ) 

First off Congrats on going in.  You'll have some of the best and worst times of your life.  And will work for some of best and worst people. 

 

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 I am on track for going active duty in May (or earlier) in the Marine Corps.

Does this mean you're set on them or have you signed some type of paper work or "locked in" to USMC.  

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I'm going in older...add ten years to eighteen.  Very mature.

So then your age is 28?  I thought cut off was 26 unless you had some skill uncle sam really, really wanted.    

 

Please answer above questions before I answer more.

But overall an MOS with the most transferable skills to civilian life (that you qualify for) is more desirable and portable in the real world. 

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@015point9 Hey thanks for reaching out!  Sorry for the late response. 

 

I'm expecting nothing less than good and bad times.  Whatever challenges I may face... I'll never regret taking that oath.

 

28 is the current limit for the Corps.  As long as you begin recruit training before your 29th birthday then you're all good.  To my surprise, of course a recruiter would never say this, you aren't legally bound to do anything until you step on the yellow footprints at one of the recruiting depots.  I know it's what I want to do by all means but you don't have to ship if you don't want to.  I've been reading a lot of kids' stories online on how they second guess themselves or plans change etc. once they're in the DEP.  Nowadays you sign a "contract" into the DEP (delayed entry program/I'm sure you've heard of it) and patiently wait to ship out. 

 

Recruiters have you pick three fields and they will "do their best" to get you the specific job that you really want. My three were:

 

CC (Supply, Accounting, and Legal)

  • 3043 Supply Administration and Operations Specialist

CB (Administrative and Data Specialists)

  • 0111 Administrative Specialist

  • 7041 Aviation Operations Specialist

CH (Combat Imagery and Social Media Operations)

  • 4541 Combat Photographer

Combat photographer I threw in as a filler.  To be honest, I've never worked a desk job and I kind of want to now.  I scored a 70 on my ASVAB and I'm not colorblind so I qualify for any job the Marines offer.  I unfortunately did not pass the hearing test at MEPS so I have to go back down for a retest and then I can officially swear in/enlist (it's just a ceremony and doesn't bind you to a ship date).  You're simply just joining the DEP. 

 

If one thing is for sure, I am saying far far away from the Infantry.  I'll happily be a desk jockey.  You can always change your contract if you want to try something else but that can obviously change your ship date.          

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@015point9 Just made 47 years last September. But I think I am the pay clerk at my house. Semper fi. I borrowed that from my Dad. He was Marine back in the early 40's. Tricky Dicky kept me out of the military. #2 in the draft, TD ended it the year I would gone.

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In '71' I was 1A and my lottery number was 309.  They sent me a new classification card, 4H.  I still have my draft card, didn't burn it, but lost all of my classification cards.     45 years for me last month. 1595999851_animated-smileys-love-erotic-3011.gif.468daaa6edca9983217e43d05dae4dee.gif

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8 hours ago, IBMobile said:

In '71' I was 1A and my lottery number was 309.  They sent me a new classification card, 4H.  I still have my draft card, didn't burn it, but lost all of my classification cards.     45 years for me last month. 1595999851_animated-smileys-love-erotic-3011.gif.468daaa6edca9983217e43d05dae4dee.gif

They were broadcasting the lottery on the radio. I sat in the car listening long enough for them to pull March 6 number one. I turned the radio and clocked in figuring I was pretty safe since the 7th was my b'day. Get home and see the 7th was pulled a minute later as #2. Oh well.

@sooxies Good luck in the military. Its not bad choice at all.  

 

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24 years 11B light then mechanized Infantry, got damaged on my last tour overseas, and after I got out of the hospital was told I was being retired.

The key to picking a MOS is to find something YOU would like to do, and if you think you might stay until retirement. I know that not many people think that long term, but if your plan is to do an enlistment and get out, then my advice would be try something different than what you normally would for a career.

 

Keep in mind, the military is not like the commercials you see, and there can be some frustration/boredom. You will meet good and bad people, go places, see things, and do things you never would have. All things considered, I'd still do it again in a heartbeat.

 

Mark 

 

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June 1, 2021 ship date!  This is subject to change as my recruiter gave me a window of March/April/May.  They need to make mission so they will shuffle people around to keep their quotas looking good for each month. 

 

Given this, I may end up selling my 1998.  I have multiple safe and secure places to store it rent free. But, I really hate to insure something that's going to basically sit for four years.   Haven't made up my mind yet.  Truck has a 53 block so I'm not even sure who would buy the thing.  It is a California truck.  Never been in snow/salt and is completely free of rust.         

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16 hours ago, sooxies said:

June 1, 2021 ship date!  This is subject to change as my recruiter gave me a window of March/April/May.  They need to make mission so they will shuffle people around to keep their quotas looking good for each month. 

 

 

 

Congrats!!!

 

Correct,  delayed entry good for them and you. 

For them...Having a stable full of recruits to draw from keeps numbers looking good.  

For you...able to plan ahead somewhat. 

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