Many people decide to go into the Marine Corps because they want to serve a cause greater than themselves. This is the most commonly given answer you will find when you ask a Marine why he or she signed up. What many don’t know because no one can really prepare you for it is that there are certain factors that come with the job of being a Marine. Some of them good and others not so good. Being a Marine is a service job of the greatest sacrifice. To earn the title means to endure the challenges that come with it. They don’t call them “The Few. The Proud” for no reason.
Here are 8 reasons the Marine Corps will change the way you think about everything. For those who are considering going into the Marine Corps, pay special attention.
1. Freedom isn’t free. Someone is always paying for it. Guess what? As a Marine you are picking up the check. You will go to war, take orders when you don’t feel like it and do the menial tasks that no one else wants to do. Civilians will thank you wherever you go but that’s because you’re doing the dirty work that needs to be done.
2. Everyone has a boss. Taking orders is the backbone of the Marine Corps. Your job is to follow orders no matter what. Failure to do so will result in disciplinary action.
3. Office politics are everywhere. You could be taking orders from a kid younger than you because his rank is higher. He may be competent or not know which end is up but it won’t matter because he will be your superior in the chain of command.
4. America is the most blessed country in the world. You will realize this as soon as you are shipped to some third world country where its citizens die every day due to lack of food or drinking water. Helping the civilians of a terrorist infested community or giving children candy will make you realize just how much we take for granted in our own country.
5. Everyone treats you as a hero regardless of what you did while in. Wearing the uniform alone will get you praise and admiration from civilians. Just serving is appreciated by all and they will take a chance to let you know it. Resist any urge to feel guilt if you were never deployed or in combat. They thank you on behalf of your service but also for those who have never made it back to thank personally.
6. Pet peeves develop when you notice how civilians and other service branches act. Marine Corps standards are drilled into Marines so deeply and so intently that for the rest of a Marine’s life he or she will notice that the same standards are not common place in the civilian world or even in other military branches. A Marine expects these high standards to be followed by everyone and when they are not, it can make the Marine frustrated or a little anxious. It also reinforces to the Marine just how high a value they place on their own standards.
7. The rest of your life will be through the lens of Marine Corps standards. These standards rarely disappear once a Marine has left active duty. They are proud of them and expect others to uphold them. The esprit de corps a Marine gets while in the Marine Corps usually stays with the Marine for the rest of his or her life.
8. You will never forget those with whom you served. The Marine Corps is a brotherhood/sisterhood of Marines who take it as their personal responsibility to never leave behind one of their own. That includes memories of those with whom they have served.
Marine Corps service is unlike any other experience in the world. The cause runs deep and loyalty rampant with this bunch. Service changes a person in many ways and instills the core values of honor, courage and commitment.
Source: Personal experience