You decided to join the Marines! It’s a big decision that you just made, and you will probably start asking yourself certain questions once the excitement wears off. (Been there) Like, “What will I actually be doing in the Marines”, “How hard is boot camp”, “What will I be doing at boot camp”, “Um, is this a good idea”? Or whatever other questions have crossed in your mind. I’m here to tell you that it is okay, it happens to most of us. No one knows all the ins and outs once they decide to become a Marine. I certainly didn’t.
When I joined, I was not one of the poolees who’s dad or brother was in the Marines, so I was completely unaware about how the military worked and more so about the Marines. I didn’t know what I should expect and what questions I should have been asking.
The one thing I will tell you though is once you made your decision, congrats! It’s a big decision and a very patriotic one, a decision most Americans would not make. It is okay to be happy and excited about the challenge you made for yourself. But also know, that now it’s time to get to work. To prepare yourself and increase your chances of being a good Marine. I’m also not talking about the physical fitness aspect, but also the mental aspect. The aspect of not just earning the title but become actually a good Marine and not shit bag Marine. If you are reading this, I presume you are making efforts in earning the title and working towards it.
I will be writing more posts like for poolees in the future to spread the knowledge I know to help. Feel free to comment below with any questions you have about any part of the process from MEPS, to going into the DEP, pullups, to being in the Marines. Again congrats on decision to join the Marines. If you have any questions or concerns about the physical fitness aspects check this post. Also if you decided to join after high school head here.