Enlisting in Marine Corps Reserve with B.S. Environmental Science BEFORE getting a career going?
This is what i want to do; I've been thinking about it for two years. My concern is will the approximately 6 months of training (boot camp, MCT, MOS school) be a nail in the coffin for starting a civilian career so late after graduating college? I don't mind it being "more or less difficult" to find a civilian job, but I'm more concerned with it being a complete screw over. I've made myself pretty marketable already. My resume is well rounded: I've worked as an assistant manager in pool chemical retail, I worked as an EMT in high school, I was vice president of a college student organization, I volunteered with AmeriCorps environmental work, I've interned at an environmental firm, I have entry level skills in GIS computer software and I might also complete 40 hour OSHA certification. I may be going Motor T, since it is close to home and mechanical skills may be of use career-wise. As you can see, I have a passion for this field. However, the Marine Corps is something I have a passion for. It is sort of a "life-fulfillment" type of thing. It fits my personality. The commitment, the honor and the lifestyle. I want to ship off to boot right after I graduate in Spring 2013. I am set on going Reserves Enlisted, not Active or Officer. I want to build a civilian career and be with my family. Again, my question is will this destroy my civilian career opportunity, or just be a big bump in the road that might take time and endurance to overcome? I ask this in the sense of, what will employers be thinking when they see this 6 month gap after graduation, as well as my weekend drill obligations and possible deployment? I welcome responses from military service men and women, from any branch, retired or active, as well as people who work as environmental scientists/consultants.
Asked By: Rob - 11/24/2012
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Answered By: L - 11/25/2012
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If you think it will ruin your civilian career then do not do it. I do not see how it could, but if it worries you then do not do it.
Answered By: thecharleslloyd - 11/24/2012
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