I want to join the Marines, but I'd like some more information.?

I know it sounds stupid but I don't want to talk to a recruiter just yet. I want to get the unbiased facts from people beforehand. Please answer as many of the questions as you can: What is the minimum amount of time I can enlist for? (what is the National Call to Service program?) Should I finish college first? Is the Marines an equivalent to college to civilian employers? Do I get an enlistment bonus? How much more dangerous is the Marines compared to the other branches? How fit do I need to be before I even start my training? What is the dropout rate during training? Is the time away from home as hard as people make it out to be? Also, if I simply enlist and become a regular Marine, can I even become an officer simply by being promoted? Or would I need more school?

Asked By: Devin M - 10/1/2009
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1) What is the minimum amount of time I can enlist for? (what is the National Call to Service program... More
Answered By: Tom - 10/2/2009
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Don't go marines... go air force, finish college first. Military is not equivalent to a college degree in any shape or form. Why do you think most people go to the military? for the free school afterwards... so finish and get a degree, then do the military time if thats your thing, then get a great job and be happy and... More
Answered By: The Truth - 10/1/2009
Your minimum enlistment is 8 years. Not all 8 will be on active duty, but the Marines will expect at least 4 years active , same for Navy. Air Force will want 5, but the Army may offer you only two... More
Answered By: smokin' Joe - 10/1/2009
Well that's a lot of questions. My husband is in the Marines though and he did tell me after boot camp that he wished he'd talked to a Marine about it before he'd joined about all these things... More
Answered By: Mason Gunnar due Jan 7th! - 10/1/2009
My opinion you should talk to a recruiter about certian things like jobs enlistment bonuses but being in the maries isnt equivalent to college you would have to go to college you can get enlistment bonuses but it really all depends on the job you can get or your asvab score but it all depends if you are in college now... More
Answered By: Matthew S - 10/1/2009
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