Fleet Marine Life #30 – Janitor

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Recently, I’ve been half assing these comics. I know what you may be thinking. How do you half ass a bunch of half-assed comics? Wouldn’t you be quarter-assing then? Color me quarter-assed then.

I’m moving around so bear with me.

Anyways, if this didn’t make you laugh then you’re probably a Staff NCO or officer in which case, I don’t like you already.

Never in my life have I cleaned as hard and as long as I have in the Marine Corps. Let’s break it down for ya’ll.

One Field day every Thursday.
Clean your platoon’s assigned area. 60 minutes.
Clean your room from 1700 – 2130. 270 minutes
Friday Morning Clean Up – 15 minutes.
Standing outside your room to wait to get inspected – 15 minutes.
At least 360 minutes per field day

Now assuming you signed a 4 year contract and have spent:
3 months in boot camp.
2 months in the school house.
7 months deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan.
6 months TAD or deployed again.
4 months of leave

This leaves you with 26 months in the rear with the gear. Which means roughly 112 weeks.

So that means you would have done 112 field days wasting 40,320 minutes cleaning. Or you could say 672 hours or 28 days worth of cleaning.

To put this in perspective:
An enlistment is roughly 35,040 hours long. You would have spent 1.91% of your enlistment cleaning.

If you slept 8 hours a day for 4 years. That would have meant you slept for 11,680 hours total. That is a 33.33% of your enlistment.

So really, you’re active 66% of the time. 1.91% of your enlistment is equal to 2.89% of your active time.

Also, in the rear, you do nothing. Literally nothing. You sit in a classroom until the clock’s hands fall on top of certain numbers and only then can you leave.

So you go to work at 0800 and sit there until 1100. You come back to chow at 1300 and leave at 1630.

This wastes 6 and half hours a day or 390 minutes. This per day for 5 days a week for 112 weeks equals 218,400 minutes, or 3,640 hours, wasted doing nothing

This is 12.06% of your enlistment. Sitting.

Also, assuming you have 2 weekends every week for 112 weeks, that equals 5,376 hours. Minus the 8 hours of sleep. That now equals 3,584 hours.

So to summarize an average first term Marine’s enlistment:
1.91% Cleaning in the rear.
4.16% School house for 2 months.
6.25% Boot camp.
8.33% On vacation leave.
10.38% Sitting doing nothing in the rear.
15.34% Weekends in the rear.
26.55% Misc.
27.08% 13 months deployed or doing something.

On a side note: 33.33% Sleeping probably more if you skate.

Cleaning for 1.91% of their enlistment since 1775.

– K

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Fleet Marine Life #29 – Ain’t Like Prison

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A lot of Marines say that the Marine Corps is kind of like prison. Once you sign that contract, you do get held beyond your will but it ain’t that bad!

You get paid well, sort of. The food is good depending on where you are. You get to share a room with one other Marine who isn’t going to butt rape you but he’s probably thinking about it. It ain’t illegal to think but by the way this country is headed, I wouldn’t be surprised.

Also, you get to do a lot of cool things, sometimes… On the plus side, just know that you won’t get butt raped.

On a side note, I added the “Hold It Against Me 266 Rein Marines Official video” youtube video link.

Being somewhat hopeful since 1775.

– K

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Fleet Marine Life #28 – Twenty

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Whenever I lend Marines a twenty or $40 or whatever, they ask nicely and I expect them to pay me back seeing how we all get guaranteed government paychecks every 1st and 15th of every month. Unfortunately, this is not the case.

Usually the Marine is someone from my unit and they’ll ask for a small amount of money because “they forgot their wallet” or some shit and they’ll pay me back tomorrow or the next payday. The conversation typically goes like this:

Marine : Hey, man! I left my wallet back at the barracks. Silly, me. I was wondering if you could spot me a twenty.
K : Umm… Sure… Just get me back soon.
Marine : Sure, man! Thanks, I’ll get you back.

And then on the next day or next payday the conversation usually goes like this:

K : Hey, you got my money?
Marine : Yeah, here you go.
K : Thanks.
Marine : No, thank you!
K : No problem, man.

I’m just kidding, it never goes like that. Normally, it goes something like this:

K : Hey, you got my money?
Marine : What the hell, K? I don’t have “insert excuse here”! “Insert curse word”! Look. I’ll get you back on the next payday! Stop being a fucking dick, you “insert combination of curse words.” GOD!

The Marine I lent money to usually treats me like I owe him money! Either like that or like I’m the devil himself coming to collect his soul!

Normally this goes on until I bug them enough which is a pain in the ass. I try to help Marines out but it usually backfires horribly. If you’re going to loan another Marine money, get collateral. There is no reason you should be borrowing money with guaranteed government pay checks. Chances are that Marine hasn’t watched the “Don’t spend money you don’t have” video.

Lending other Marines money since 1775.

– K

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Fleet Marine Life #27 – EAS

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End of Active Service otherwise known as EAS.

Those three letters alone have the power to change your life forever.

If you’re a Marine, this day will come and when it does, it will be surreal. You won’t believe it’s around the corner even though it is fast approaching.

Once you have your DD214 form in your hands, no more stupid bullshit, no more rules, no more regulations, no more orders, no more being in the Marine Corps. You can finally grow out your hair, smoke pot, tell Gunny to go fuck himself and his bullshit field day inspections where the rooms are clean but for some reason if he finds one tiny speck of dust, it’s like the equivalent of an Ebola outbreak to him. You can even do all of that at the same time! Oh, the freedom of choice!

Was the Marine Corps a bad experience? Mostly. But there are things that I took from that mostly bad experience. I learned that 20 years in the Marine Corps would drive me to borderline suicidal levels. I also learned that humanity is going downhill real fast and there’s no brakes on that motherfucker. On the plus side, I saved up a lot of money, get to use the Post 9/11 GI Bill, went around the world (the smelly parts), learned a lot of military knowledge, learned a lot of life skills, did some cool things and met some cool people.

But in the end, I was sick of being a government slave. I wanted to get out and stay out.

Not re-enlisting since 1779.

– K

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Fleet Marine Life #26 – Like Father Like Son

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You ever look at that Sergeant Major or that Gunny and  say to yourself, “wow, that guy looks like he’s 50!” Well, years of stress will make you age quite quickly. I knew a guy that was in for 3 years and his hair was almost completely gray. If you want stress, the Marine Corps has it. And lots of it!

Every re-enlistment will do a number on your face and your body. Your face will wrinkle, your eyes will have bags and crow’s feet. So if you don’t want to look like your 50 by the time you are in your early 30s, you might as well go Air Force.

Looking 10 years older since 1775.

– K

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Fleet Marine Life #25 – Meat Gazer

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Happy 4/20, everyone!

If you don’t know much about weed or think it’s bad then you need to watch Katt William’s video on weed. He summarizes it in a 2 minute long video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWhUqo9Aivs – Katt Williams – Weed

We spend billions of dollars on this bogus war on weed. This article says it costs $42 billion of American taxpayer money.

http://www.alternet.org/drugs/64465/ – The War on Pot : America’s $42 Billion Annual Boondoggle

Can you believe this shit in this article? 829,627 marijuana arrests in 2006 in America. For a god damn plant! What the hell is so dangerous about it? I cannot find one cannabis related death. This article also says, “…that marijuana is astonishingly safe… less addictive than alcohol… less toxic… has never caused a medically documented overdose death… booze incites violence and aggression; marijuana doesn’t.” What a waste of taxpayer money for these unnecessary laws.

Remember when alcohol was illegal? That shit went downhill real fast and people didn’t give a fuck about it being illegal and found ways around the law. Eventually, alcohol became legal again.

Alcohol abuse kills 75,000 Americans each year and shortens the lives of these people by an average of 30 years according to a US government study.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6089353/ns/health-addictions/

Also, Alcohol causes 2 million deaths annually worldwide.

http://www.america.gov/st/develop-english/2008/October/20081023115119abretnuh0.9323999.html

Of course, our politicians still think it’s “immoral.” Why though? It’s just a plant.

Looking at penises since 1775.

– K

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Fleet Marine Life #24 – Insanity Defined

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I hear a lot about stupidity in the Marine Corps but not enough about insanity. When someone does something stupid, I think it’s easy for higher ups to just say that guy was being stupid without looking at why he did it.

For the most part you’ll hear something like, “PFC so-and-so went and ran across the I-5. He was hit by 5 cars and died a horrible death. I know, he was an idiot. It was probably alcohol related. We don’t know yet,” and then they’ll give a 5 hour long safety brief about leadership and not running across the I-5 or a class on how to look both ways before crossing the I-5 (Joke. Haha.).

What you won’t hear is that PFC so-and-so was going insane for a number of reasons and couldn’t take it. His chain of command was keeping him beyond normal working hours for no reason which caused his already strained relationship with his wife to become even more strained. So one day, he figured, “Well, we’re not doing anything. I’m sure no one would care if I left to see my wife.” Of course, some douchebag Staff Sergeant wasn’t having none of that shit and charged him UA (Unauthorized absence).

They took away his rank and he lost his car as a result of his new pay grade. They still continued to keep him beyond working hours because his boss dumped work on him just before he was about to leave. The PFC had nothing to do all morning and afternoon but his boss just had to dump work on him at the last minute just because he can. And it’s always “so important” like updating publications or turnover binders, which no one uses. Now his wife wants a divorce because they never see each other.

Now you have both sides of the story but as always, in reality, we are always left with one side of the story, the one that makes the Marine Corps look not as bad.

The Marine Corps is not a place where normal people come in and leave normal. For the most part, normal people will come in and will probably think about suicide at least once in their Marine Corps career. I’m sure that most first termers (first contract of 4 years) have thought about suicide or mass murder or both. And for the most part, most people just look at their End of Active Service (EAS) clock and hope it moves faster. These people have something to look forward to.

When one is perceived as crazy, it’s just so easy for the military doctors to give that person crazy pills. I mean, that can’t be right! Instead of solving the problem, they just mask it up with pills. These pills mess with your head and you don’t function normally anymore. There is a one step program for curing that person’s depression. It’s called End of Active Service.

So whenever you hear that someone did something stupid, ask yourself why.

Being insane since 1775.

– K

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Fleet Marine Life #23 – Beer Goggles

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One thing I hate about Marines is that they get drunk as fuck and then they fuck shit up. In Okinawa, all the drunk Marines that live in the Barracks end up fucking everything up. If you had a nice poster on your door or a room number placard, that shit would be destroyed on the weekend. There’s like 30 room number 3s in my barracks. Like, seriously?

Once Marines break something, they’re not going to remember or care. I mean, that’s pretty fucked up. I had a bicycle outside my door and the button used to change gears is fucked up. Thank you, you drunk bastards.

I hate it when drunk Marines just end up fucking up the barracks. There is no limit to how much they piss me off. Drunk Marines fuck shit up and the good Marines end up cleaning that broken glass bottle in the parking lot or the 100 beer cans on the front lawn of the barracks or the puke on the sidewalk and the list goes on. Shit pisses me off.

I at least have the common decency to fuck my own shit up when I’m drunk.

Also, I found this picture while I was Google searching “Urinal”.

Getting drunk and fucking shit up since 1775.

– K

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Fleet Marine Life #22 – Countdown

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If a Marine tells you that he loves being in the Marine Corps, chances are he’s lying. There’s too many rules and regulations. Too many people not giving a crap about the little guy (E-3s and below). Too many people looking out for themselves.

The only reason why people re-enlist is because:
1. They actually found something they like.
2. They have a family.
3. They’re afraid to leave and go to the real world.

I left mainly because my higher ups don’t give a shit about everyone underneath them. All they care about are their stupid little ribbons and medals. One of our Staff Sergeant has 5 Navy Achievement Medals (NAM). That is ridiculous. On his last deployment, all he did was sit in his air conditioned office, watch football, punch a few numbers in the computer and yell at everyone for stupid shit.

We would ask him for help and he would never help us mainly because he couldn’t. He didn’t even know the basics of our job that a Private First Class would generally know. What pissed me most was that since he was our Staff NCO in charge, he could give us all our proficiency and conduct marks. Everyone worked their asses off and with minimal supervision. Of course, he never knew because he never bothered to do his fucking job and walk outside his office and watch us work. He didn’t even need to go out of his office. He could just read our numbers report and see what everyone was doing.

He gave everyone low pro/con marks. I talked to him about it. He said, “If I give everyone high pro/con marks now and low pro/con marks later, it’ll show that you’ve gone down hill. If I give everyone low pro/con marks now and high pro/con marks later, it’ll show progression. It’s good for career Marines.” I replied, “Why don’t you just give us what we deserve?” “You don’t understand. You’ll understand when you’re my rank.” Fucking bullshit. If there’s 100 Marines, in 8 years, around 17 will still be in. So basically, he fucked over the other 83 Marines.

The kicker was that he took the work that everyone did and submitted himself for a Navy Commendation Medal. He didn’t get it but he did get a NAM. He did the award ceremony when everyone was on leave. Figures.

Fuck you Staff Sergeant Douchebag. If you’re reading this then I hope you enjoy that fucking NAM. You’re one of the main reasons why I left the Marine Corps and will stay out.

Countdown down the days since 1775.

– K

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Fleet Marine Life #21 – Dinner’s On Me

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Oh, how I have been lured by the song of the sirens! This has only happened to me a few times in my life. Unfortunately, it all happened with other Marines.

Another Marine and I were bored in the barracks. I had money to burn so I said, “Hey, let’s go to the local shooting range. You drive me there and I’ll pay for everything. I expect to spend two to three hundred dollars.” We went there, shot off a lot of rounds and used a lot of different weapons. After I paid the $200 bill, my buddy said, “Hey, lets go to this all-you-can-eat sushi place. I’ll pay for it.”

I was excited because I love sushi. We went there, sat down and ordered a few things. He got a text message from his girl. He looked at it, then he looked at me and said, “Hey, I got to go.” I replied, “But we just got here!” “Yeah, but I got to go.” “Fine, just pay the bill.” He took out his wallet, opened it up, looked in it, paused for a few seconds, looked at me and said, “Dawg… I ain’t got no money.” I laughed and then yelled at him. “Use your card!” “Dawg, it doesn’t work.” I growled at him and then paid for the bill.

The face he had when he opened his empty wallet was serious. Like an award-winning actor’s! I wouldn’t be able to keep a straight face if I had to pay the bill but had no money.

Of course he paid me back the $50… after 8 months and constant pestering. I think back to it and can’t help but laugh.

If you’re a Marine, carry around some god damn cash. You ain’t friggin’ 5 years old!

The day I submitted my Voluntary Enlisted Early Release Program (VEERP) package to my regiment, I went to Panda Express and got this from my fortune cookie.

– K

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If I enlist (Infantry MOS) what will I really be getting?

Hey there, I’ve been thinking about joining for a long time now (I’m about to be a senior in High School) and I’m wondering why I shouldn’t. I read the novel Jarhead, and like Swofford, I think I’m afraid that in civilian life I’ll faulter, and I see the Marines as a way to gain access into maturity and manhood. My family’s become distant, and I feel like I’m not really close to friends I’ve had, so the brotherhood aspect is also appealing. I have always had a strong sense of national pride and I think joining would fill me with pride, but I’ve read a few horror stories on here, so if I enlist (Infantry MOS) what will I really be getting? Are the aspects of the Corps that appeal to me merely hype? Also, I’m sorry if this is redundant. I have read many posts, but I wanted to see if I could get some direct responses, thanks.

Submitted by: Johnny2X4

NINJA_PUNCH’s Response:
Hey, no need to apologize, that’s what this site exists for. I can understand the concept of wanting maturity and manhood out of the military, after all that’s how they advertise it. However, what you’re more likely to find are people who joined because they “want to go kill people”. A good friend of mine once said “the military is a great place for people who never want to grow up: You always have someone who outranks you to hold your hand and make sure you get everything done.” That really is how it is. Every NCO, or Staff NCO will tell you “you’re a grown man I’m not going to babysit you.” But it won’t take long before you’ll find yourself wishing that this was actually true. In reality, even something as simple as cleaning your room, or exercising will be micromanaged to death. You have to stretch out in a group, go do exercises in a group, go running in a single-file line, because all of these “grown men” can’t be trusted to exercise and stay in shape on their own. You need to have a day set aside where the people who outrank you will breath down your neck as you clean every last speck of dust from your room, because “grown men” can’t be trusted to not live in squalor.

Furthermore, most people in the military will turn a blind eye to underage drinking, so they keep having “High School parities” then they turn 21 and they don’t have to worry about getting caught so they want to show off how they can drink and not have to hide it, and it just never stops. Pretty soon you have a 30 year old alcoholic who wears his alcoholism like a badge of honor, and everyone younger than him thinks he’s just so cool because he’s drinks so much!

As far as the Infantry goes, I was attached to an infantry battalion for my deployment, and it’s as if these guys never leave boot camp. Their Sgts yelled and screamed over nothing every bit as much as Drill Instructors did, and the “Senior LCpls” were constantly on the search for new and inventive ways of circumventing hazing laws.

In conclusion, yes, the aspects of the marine corps that you find appealing are almost entirely recruiting propaganda. If you really feel the need to join the military out of fear of failing in the civilian world, I would recommend joining the any branch of the reserves or the National Guard, just so you have some kind of job security while you get yourself on your feet in Civilian life.

Safety and Peace

NINJA_PUNCH

Disgruntled Former 0311

I went to boot camp during the summer of 2008. After that it was off to ITB. I was soooo excited to go the fleet after that. I wanted to do amazing things with my life. What I got instead was horrible. My “senior marines” didn’t haze me. They physically and mentally abused me. Everyone says “I would stand up and fight them.” But when it’s a uniformed gang, there’s no fighting against them. I spun into depression. Everyday was a struggle to not go U.A. I hated everyone. But most of all, I hated myself. I felt worthless. THEN it came time to deploy. About a week before we left for Afghan, the company 1st Sgt asked each squad leader for one marine to send to H&S company for FOB Guard Duty. While the rest of the company was in the “REAL” combat zone I was stuck standing 12 hrs of post a day, going on a bullshit patrol (so close to the wire I could spit on it) and doing massive amounts of S-4 working parties. I worked 18 hr days as an 0311 in a POG’s world. I wanted to fight. I wanted to have the satisfaction of trading rounds with my enemies. But I guess I didnt rate. All this time building up the anticipation. And the marine corps stole it from me. By the time I was able to go with my original company, the shooting had stopped. I was berated so badly by my peers for my so called “cowardice” that there were several times i had to pull my M16 barrel out of my mouth. I told my team leader I was suicidal. He said I was a bitch. my entire squad “no balls’ed” me to kill myself. I plotted their murders and my suicide shortly following their demise. I lost my Faith in Jesus Christ. i lost my faith in my “fellow” marines and their so called “brotherhood.” I lost faith in myself. I never ended up killing anyone including anyone in my squad. my second deployment was an uneventful MEU. I have since EAS’ed. I hate the Marine Corps. I wasnt the best marine, but I always did what I was told and followed the rules. Fuck The Marine Corps.

Submitted by: Disgruntled Former 0311

This site is a joke!

What a joke. The site, the members, the
moderators, and all contributors. This is nothing more than another internet
black hole for the pathetic youth of our nation to spew their one sided lie.
I’m sick of reading and hearing self centered snowflakes whine and complain
about how everything in life wasn’t handed to them. ~>Anonymous<~ of
course it is. Because liars, cheats, lazy, dirty, and pathetic incompetents
NEED ~>Anonymous<~ zero accountability for actions is what feeds this
generation of losers. So munch on my
drainers of the economy, and keep your arms extended for all the freebies you
feel no need to earn. Go ahead and plaster your stories and so called experiences
all over the web, because we all know that they’re the only ones you will
really remember.

The United States Marine Corps has forever
impacted your life, both during and after. You will remember.

Submitted by: Anyonomous <– Haha

 

THE RESPONSE!

Yeah, some youth, and some guys who’ve been in for 18+ years. But yeah mostly youth, I guess that’s what happens when you let people join at 17 with parental consent (woah, that makes sense! Amazing right!)

One-sided lie… Alright, for the most part I’ll give you one sided, I try to be fair but I suppose sometimes even I fail. But which part of what’s been said here is the lie? I’d be rather surprised if you could pick out one lie on this site (other than someone saying how great the marine corps is).

“Liars, cheats, lazy, dirty, and pathetic incompetents NEED ~>Anonymous<~ zero accountability for actions is what feeds this generation of losers.” My, that’s an ironic condemnation… watch this: “Liars, cheats, lazy, dirty, and pathetic incompetents NEED Rockers, zero accountability for actions is what feeds this generation of losers.” You see that? Just like that I turned it into an accurate depiction of SNCO’s.

But you’re right, I will remember. Some things you don’t forgive, some things you don’t forget, and in the short time that I’ve been out I’ve already successfully stopped 2 people from joining and I’m working on preventing more.

Safety and Peace

P.S.
Ooohhhh OPSEC. Scary. I’ll tell you what, do whatever you like, oh and if you could get this site into the marine corps times, or even just an annual training brief, that be great!

– NINJA_PUNCH

 

RESPONSE 2

I too, challenge this individual to find a single lie on this website. And also, just the mere existence of this website has deterred many young men from wasting 4 precious years of doing absolutely nothing. People like you have been making threats against this site for years, and it is still up, and continues to grow. Over 200,000 people have visited this site, and that growth shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, iHateTheUSMC has been breaking traffic records monthly.

Good luck with whatever it is you try to do to harm this site.

– Stanimus

My husband is trying to join the Marines.

My husband is trying to join the marines. First he wanted to join when I was pregnant and I was really supportive but now I’m just scared and don’t want to lose him. We just had our son, and I thought he would change his mind but he hasn’t.. he says all he wants to do in life is be a marine and blow peoples heads off, Everyone keeps saying that it is a decision that we both need to agree on but I know if I don’t let him he will hate me, but I really don’t think I’m strong enough to be the marine wife I thought I could be… I just want us to be together as a family and he doesn’t seem to understand my feelings. When he leaves I will have to sign a note saying that me and my two kids will be financially taken care of for 3 months while he’s in boot camp, and honestly, we wont be, I cannot find a babysitter so I can work and my parents cannot afford to support us.. I just don’t understand. And I’m not trying to sound like a pussy when it comes to me not being able to handle it, it’s just I really DONT think I can handle it as I am prone to severe depression/ postpartum depression.

Submitted by: scared_wife

 

“Recruiters Don’t Lie” – SSGT3529

“You all need to get a life and stop blaming the Corps for your problems. Your recruiter didn’t lie to you and it’s not your 1stSgt or SgtMaj’s fault. Man the fuck up and look yourselves in the mirror. IT’S YOU THAT IS FUCKED UP! Whether you’re on BCP or have been NJP’d or just can’t hack it, that’s your problem not the Corps’s. All of the tools are there for you. You just have to use them and stop expecting everyone to hold your hand. But it’s ok, because mommy and daddy will take your side of the story and they’ll start blaming the Corps too. They’ll start telling their friends how the Corps messed you up and they’ll let you live in their house where you can eat hot pockets and tell everyone on the Internet that you were a stellar Marine. GO FUCK YOURSELF!” – SSGT3529

RESPONSE

“Your recruiter didn’t lie to you” Thank you, I needed that laugh. I’ll admit I had a pretty straight-forward recruiter, but even he lied and sugar-coated things. I remember some of the other recruiters at the station and they were so bad that some times on the ride home my recruiter would tell me things that the other recruiters were just out-right lying about, just because he felt bad for the other kids! So don’t try to tell yourself that recruiters wouldn’t lie to get someone to join because that’s just plain ignorance.

Now, to be fair, I do know a few people who were straight up worthless human beings, compulsive liars, took no responsibility for their actions, I even know one guy who was blaming the cop for his DUI, so I know those people exist. However, some of those people are SNCOs, like the 1st Sgt who decided that “setting the example” meant walking around outside the wire, with no gear, no guards, not even a rifle, just him and his pistol, outside the wire in Afghanistan, and then yelling at one of the guys on guard as he came back inside the wire, because one of them wasn’t wearing gloves.

Next, the whole reason I got out was the hand holding! I expected that after boot camp (Or at least SOI) that they would let you stand on your own two feet. Boy was I wrong, I’ve seen Gunnys and SSgts, holding the Sgts and Cpls hands because the SNCOs don’t trust the NCOs to be NCOs. Meanwhile the NCOs are holding the junior marines hands every step of the way because they don’t dare let the junior marines take responsibility for anything except their failures. Any success is the result of good leadership, any failure is the result of individual incompetence. That way it’s never the SNCOs fault, even if he’s the one who gave the order, and the order was followed to the letter.

Maybe if the so-called “leadership” would actually let junior marines take responsibility for their successes as well as their failures, and would let them stand on their own every once in a while there’d be fewer mishaps. Maybe if you TREATED them like men, they would ACT like men! Amazing huh?

Lastly, no I don’t tell everyone I was a stellar marine. I openly deny that I ever was a marine. When I meet someone I tell them I was in an engineering company that was contracted to do work on a marine base in Afghanistan. That way I can tell them what bottom of the barrel types the marine corps actually is, and how foolish it is for the military to even be over there, without having to admit to ever being a part of such a fucked up institution.

Safety and Peace

– NINJA_PUNCH

What has the marine corps done for you?

so far the only thing I can say is they’ve fucked me like it’s going out of style. I joined 11 months ago, I went through boot camp, in itb I injured my knee the second week, what did they tell me? the corpsman called me a pussy and told me to suck it up, the combat instructors blasted me non stop for it. I finished and got to the fleet, and the co gunny saw me limping and made me go to medical. The corpsman could see my knee was fucked up and told the mo, he looked at it and said it was nothing but inflammation. After going back everyday for about a week or two, I convinced them to take an xray which showed that my tibia was fractured, when I told them it wasn’t just my shin, it was mostly my knee, they told me it was just inflammation. it took about 3 months to finally convince them to look at my knee, they saw that my knee wasn’t just inflamed but that it was seriously fucked up. I finally got a bone scan and an MRI, they told me it was just a small tear in my ACL that physical therapy would heal, about 3 months of that with no improvement, they put me on limdu. While they were looking up my medical files on the computer, I snuck a peek and noticed that it said my ACL was torn, my meniscus was torn, my proximal patellar tendon was torn and I had PFPS (twisted knee cap). the surgeon told me my knee is so fucked that he’s afraid he’ll fuck it up more if he cuts me open. he also told me I’m never going to run again, I’ll be lucky if I can stop having to use a cane and if I stop limping. anywho, they are doing absolutely nothing for my knee, and they stopped physical therapy, if that wasn’t bad enough, my chain of command is disregarding my limdu chit that says no prolonged standing (more than 5 minutes), no pft/cft, pt at own pace, and making me stand during (3) hour and a half long formations, running a partial pft, and making me pt for an hour everyday. If I say anything about this, what happens? I get in trouble on paper, and the nco’s snco’s make my life a living hell.

If that’s not bad enough, I’m JUST getting started.

Theeeen, there’s mental health. Starting in boot camp, getting a little worse in itb, and then plummeting in the unit is my depression. It’s gotten bad enough that I’m on anti depressants, have a snco that I have to check with everyday, and I have to go to mental health appointments every week to keep from killing others or myself.

There’s also the anxiety and stress set on by my unit, it’s gotten so bad that I have panic attacks almost every day or every other day, it’s so bad that when my phone rings, I start freaking out thinking it is my coc calling to SOMEHOW fuck me over. Even if it’s on my home phone which the unit doesn’t know the number to. I don’t answer my cell or home phone when I’m off work anymore, my wife does.

and then there’s the shear stupidity of the unit. I’m in rbe since the unit is deployed, our bright ass 1stsgt is being investigated for hazing, disrespect, and a handful of other ucmj orders that have been broken. He went to peoples houses on AND off base to do field day inspections. His idea of running the bn? making all of us broken guys go to the field and running training ops to “retain our infantry skills” (Thanks you boot ass supply/di piece of shit that has never actually been in combat)(made 1stsgt in 14 years, target time is 17.5-20 years).

Because of my mental health status, the psychiatrist has deemed me unfit to stand barracks duty, he even gave me a chit to give to the command saying such and he told me that if they do not want to oblige it, they can call and talk to him. I handed the chit up the coc, they decided that it was only a recommendation and decided I needed to get fucked and made an example of. I am still standing duty, my plt sgt is just ITCHING to njp me. for example, after duty, my unit does a 24 recovery period where you are off work, I went to the formation and I was supposed to be off so I went home. When the next formation rolled around, they called asking where I was, when I told them, they recalled me and gave me a negative counseling for being ua to a formation, I’m still awaiting the 6105/njp. Then my wife last night decided to give me a hickey, today when I went to work, I got a negative counseling and got told that if they see another one ever again, they are going to njp me and apparently I have a lot of 6105’s in my record which would mean I would get processed out. I was under the impression that if you got a 6105, you would be informed or would have to sign something acknowledging that you understand why (me having ANY 6105’s is news to me).

So to all then poolees/wannabe’s that think this corporation is for you, all it did for me was break me down physically, break me down mentally, and now they are trying to make it so they can kick me out punitively so I don’t get benefits.

FUCK THIS SHIT HOLE, IT IS NOT WORTH ALL THE BULLSHIT THEY TELL YOU, IF YOU ARE THINKING OF JOINING, DON’T FUCKING DO IT!

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FY13 VOLUNTARY ENLISTED EARLY RELEASE PROGRAM (VEERP)

FY13 VOLUNTARY ENLISTED EARLY RELEASE PROGRAM (VEERP)

[Note: This post is regarding a MARADMIN that is outdated. It has been superseded by the FY14 VEERP.]

 

FY13 VOLUNTARY ENLISTED EARLY RELEASE PROGRAM (VEERP)

Date Signed: 7/12/2012
MARADMIN Active Number: 371/12 2012
R 121555Z JUL 12
UNCLASSIFIED//
MARADMIN 371/12
MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON DC MRA MP//
SUBJ/FY13 VOLUNTARY ENLISTED EARLY RELEASE PROGRAM (VEERP)//
REF/A/MSGID:DOC/SECNAV/YMD:20120323/NOTAL//
REF/B/MSGID: MSG/CMC/202138ZMAY11//
REF/C/MSGID:MSG 2006/CMC/-//
REF/D/MSGID:DOC/CMC/YMD:20040824//
REF/E/MSGID:DOC/CMC/YMD:20070606//
REF/F/MSGID:DOC/N-13/YMD:20051220//
REF/G/MSGID:DOC/DFAS-KC-FSP/YMD:19950824//
REF/H/MSGID:MSG/CMC/292102ZJUN2009//
REF/I/MSGID:MSG/CMC/152049ZJUL2009//
REF/J/MSGID:MSG/CMC/291158Z JUL 11//
REF/K/MSGID:WEB/VA/YMD:20101109//
NARR/REF A IS SECNAV APPROVAL OF VOLUNTARY ENLISTED EARLY RELEASE PROGRAM (VEERP) FOR FY12 AND FY13 DATED 23 MAR 2012. REF B IS MARADMIN 303/11, FY12 VOLUNTARY ENLISTED EARLY RELEASE PROGRAM (VEERP). REF C IS PERSONNEL ADMIN ADVISORY (PAA) 06-06. REF D IS ONLINE MCTFSPRIUM. REF E IS MCO P1900.16F, MARINE CORPS SEPARATION AND RETIREMENT MANUAL WITH CHANGE TWO. REF F IS OPNAVINST 1900.4, SEPARATION PAY FOR INVOLUNTARY SEPARATION FROM ACTIVE DUTY WITH CHANGE ONE. REF G IS DFAS 7220.31R, MCTFS APSM. REF H IS MARADMIN 0389/09, POST 9-11 GI BILL ELIGIBILITY AND BENEFITS. REF I IS MARADMIN 0421/09, POST 9-11 GI BILL TRANSFERABILITY OF EDUCATIONAL BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION AND MANAGEMENT, ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES. REF J IS MARADMIN 428/11, CHANGE TO TRANSFER OF EDUCATIONAL BENEFITS (TEB) ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES. REF K IS THE MONTGOMERY GI BILL WEBSITE WWW.GIBILL.VA.GOV.//
POC/M.D. MCCARROLL/MAJ/UNIT:CMC MMEA-13/-/TEL:DSN 278-9222//
POC/C.M. BLAIS/SSGT/UNIT:CMC MMEA-5/-/TEL:DSN 278-9971//
POC/R.H. EZELL/MAJ/UNIT:CMC MPP-20/-/TEL:DSN 278-9361//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1. PURPOSE. THE FY13 VOLUNTARY ENLISTED EARLY RELEASE PROGRAM (VEERP) IS A COST SAVINGS INITIATIVE THAT WILL PERMIT SHAPING AND SUSTAINING THE FORCE WITHIN THE CONSTRAINTS OF THE APPROVED BUDGET. THE PROGRAM REMAINS FOCUSED ON COST SAVINGSFOR THE MARINE CORPS AND IS NOT AN INDIVIDUAL ENTITLEMENT PROGRAM. THIS MESSAGE SERVES TO ESTABLISH THE AUTHORITY, ELIGIBILITY, AND PROCEDURES FOR THE VOLUNTARY EARLY RELEASE OF ACTIVE DUTY ENLISTED MARINES WHOSE TERM OF SERVICE WILL EXPIRE DURING THE REMAINDER OF FY12 AND FY13.
2. BACKGROUND. REF A PROVIDES THE AUTHORITY FROM THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY TO ESTABLISH A VOLUNTARY ENLISTED EARLY RELEASE PROGRAM FOR FY12 AND FY13. REF B ANNOUNCED THE FY12 VEERP AND IS CANCELED UPON THE PUBLICATION OF THIS MARADMIN. THE FY13 VEERP WILL COMMENCE UPON THE PUBLICATION OF THIS MARADMIN AND WILL EXPIRE ON 30 SEPTEMBER 2013. MARINES APPROVED FOR THIS PROGRAM MAY SEPARATE NO MORE THAN 365 DAYS PRIOR TO THEIR CURRENT EXPIRATION OF ACTIVE SERVICE (EAS). DUE TO OPERATIONAL AND MANNING REQUIREMENTS OF THE MARINE CORPS, MARINES WITH AN EAS ON OR AFTER 01 OCTOBER 2012 WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE TO SEPARATE PRIOR TO 01 OCTOBER 2012. MARINES APPROVED FOR THE FY13 VEERP WILL BE CONSIDERED TO HAVE COMPLETED THEIR FULL ACTIVE SERVICE. THIS MARADMIN DOES NOT EXEMPT MARINES FROM COMPLETING RESERVE OR READY RESERVE OBLIGATIONS PER THEIR INDIVIDUAL SERVICE ENLISTMENT CONTRACTS. THIS PROGRAM IS ONLY BEING OFFERED TO MARINES WITH AN FY12 OR FY13 EAS.
3. ELIGIBILITY
A. ANY ACTIVE DUTY ENLISTED MARINE WITH AN FY12 OR FY13 EAS (1 OCTOBER 2011 TO 30 SEPTEMBER 2013).
B. MARINES MAY REQUEST TO SEPARATE NO MORE THAN 365 DAYS PRIOR TO THEIR CURRENT EAS. MARINES WITH AN FY13 EAS (1 OCTOBER 2012 TO 30 SEPTEMBER 2013) ARE AUTHORIZED TO REQUEST SEPARATION ON OR AFTER 1 OCTOBER 2012. MARINES REQUESTING TO SEPARATE GREATER THAN 90 DAYS EARLY MUST HAVE AN ENDORSEMENT FROM THE FIRST GENERAL OFFICER IN THE CHAIN OF COMMAND FOR MAJOR SUBORDINATE COMMAND VISIBILITY OF STAFFING IMPACTS. THE FOLLOWING EXAMPLES ILLUSTRATE DIFFERENT HYPOTHETICAL SITUATIONS:
EXAMPLE 1. A MARINE WITH AN EXISTING EAS OF 01 AUGUST 2013 REQUESTS TO DEPART THE MARINE CORPS ON 01 NOVEMBER 2012. AS THE REQUESTED EAS DATE IS GREATER THAN 90 DAYS FROM THE ORIGINAL EAS DATE, THE REQUEST MUST HAVE AN ENDORSEMENT FROM THE FIRST GENERAL OFFICER IN THE CHAIN OF COMMAND FOR PROCESSING.
EXAMPLE 2. A MARINE WITH AN EXISTING EAS OF 01 AUGUST 2013 REQUESTS TO DEPART THE MARINE CORPS ON 01 JUNE 2013. AS THE REQUESTED EAS DATE IS LESS THAN 90 DAYS FROM THE ORIGINAL EAS DATE, THE REQUEST CAN BE FORWARDED WITHOUT A GENERAL OFFICER ENDORSEMENT.
EXAMPLE 3. A MARINE WITH AN EAS OF 15 DECEMBER 2012 SUBMITS A REQUEST TO HAVE THE EAS ADJUSTED TO 01 AUGUST 2012. THIS REQUEST WILL BE DENIED BECAUSE CROSS FISCAL YEAR SEPARATIONS ARE NOT AUTHORIZED FOR THE FY13 VEERP. THE EARLIEST THIS MARINE MAY REQUEST RELEASE IS 01 OCTOBER 2012.
C. MARINES MUST NOT BE STABILIZED FOR DEPLOYMENT AT THE TIME OF REQUESTED EARLY RELEASE (NEW EAS). ADDITIONALLY, MARINES NOT STABILIZED BUT POSSESSING OBLIGATED SERVICE TO MEET FUTURE DEPLOYMENT DEMAND WILL BE CONSIDERED ON A CASE-BY-CASE BASIS.
D. MARINES ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND MANDATED PRE-SEPARATION COUNSELING PER TITLE 10 USC 1142. MARINES MUST BE TAP/TAMP COMPLETE AND MEDICALLY QUALIFIED PRIOR TO EARLY RELEASE.
E. MARINES MUST BE ELIGIBLE FOR AN HONORABLE OR GENERAL (UNDER HONORABLE CONDITIONS) DISCHARGE CHARACTERIZATION AT TIME OF EARLY RELEASE.
F. INDIVIDUAL REQUESTS MUST BE SUBMITTED VIA ADCON BATTALION/SQUADRON COMMANDING OFFICER WITH ENDORSEMENT TO BE CONSIDERED ELIGIBLE.
G. MARINES CURRENTLY SERVING IN ANTICIPATION OF GAINING UNITED STATES CITIZENSHIP MUST HAVE SERVED A MINIMUM OF 3 YEARS ACTIVE SERVICE AT THE TIME OF EARLY RELEASE.
4. INELIGIBILITY. MARINES MEETING ANY OF THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS ARE INELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE FY13 VOLUNTARY ENLISTED EARLY RELEASE PROGRAM:
A. MARINES WHO DO NOT HAVE AN FY12 OR FY13 EAS DATE.
B. MARINES SCHEDULED FOR TRANSFER TO THE FMCR OR RETIRED LIST.
C. MARINES WHO ARE INDEBTED TO THE GOVERNMENT (TO INCLUDE ADVANCE AND EXCESS LEAVE). INDEBTED MARINES DESIRING EARLY SEPARATION CAN MAKE ACCELERATED REPAYMENT OF THEIR DEBTS BY INCREASING SCHEDULED INSTALLMENT AMOUNTS AND BY MAKING CASH COLLECTIONS TO REPAY THEIR INDEBTEDNESS. INDEBTEDNESS MUST BE ENTIRELY RESOLVED PRIOR TO EARLY RELEASE.
D. MARINES BEING RELEASED UNDER OTHER HQMC DIRECTED EARLY OUT PROGRAMS, E.G., EARLY RELEASE FOR EDUCATION.
E. MARINES PARTICIPATING IN THE NATIONAL CALL TO SERVICE PROGRAM.
F. MARINES THAT ARE CURRENTLY ON TERMINAL LEAVE AWAY FROM THE PERMANENT DUTY STATION (PDS) PENDING SEPARATION.
G. MARINES WHO MANIFEST SYMPTOMS OF POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER/TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY AND ARE UNDERGOING POST DEPLOYMENT HEALTH EVALUATION AND MANAGEMENT CARE WILL NOT BE SEPARATED UNDER THIS AUTHORITY UNTIL THAT PROCESS IS COMPLETE OR A WAIVER OF TREATMENT EVALUATION HAS BEEN EXECUTED.
5. PROGRAM TIMELINE. APPLICATION PROCESSING WILL COMMENCE IMMEDIATELY UPON RELEASE OF THIS MARADMIN.
A. A SUBMISSION PERIOD IS ESTABLISHED FOR THE FY13 VEERP TO ASSESS IMPACTS ACROSS THE FISCAL YEAR AS PART OF A COMPREHENSIVE SERVICE-WIDE DRAWDOWN CONCEPT. THIS WILL ALLOW COMMANDERS GREATEST VIEW OF IMPACTS TO THEIR STAFFING OVER THE COURSE OF THE FISCAL YEAR AS THEY CONTINUE TO CONDUCT THEIR MID RANGE TRAINING PLANS. MCS COMMANDERS ARE REQUESTED TO BATCH SUBMIT MARINES DURING THE ESTABLISHED SUBMISSION PERIOD: 1 AUGUST THROUGH 15 SEPTEMBER 2012. REQUESTS RECEIVED AFTER THIS DATE WILL BE ADDRESSED VIA SEPCOR AS PART OF A PROGRAM UPDATE.
B. THE 365 DAY EARLY RELEASE WINDOW IS DETERMINED BASED ON THE MARINE’S ORIGINAL EAS. ADDITIONALLY, THE MARINE MUST MEET ALL ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA OUTLINED IN PARAGRAPH 3 OF THIS MARADMIN PRIOR TO EARLY RELEASE. UPON EARLY RELEASE, THE MARINE WILL BE CONSIDERED TO HAVE COMPLETED HIS/HER FULL ACTIVE SERVICE. TO ALLOW FOR PROCESSING TIME, IT IS REQUESTED THAT VEERP PACKAGES BE SUBMITTED AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE, BUT AT LEAST 45 DAYS PRIOR TO REQUESTED EARLY RELEASE DATE. COMMANDERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO EXPEDITE REQUESTS AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE IN ORDER TO MAXIMIZE BUDGETARY SAVINGS.
6. RESERVE COMPONENT OPPORTUNITY. COMMANDERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO INFORM THEIR MARINES OF OPPORTUNITIES WITHIN THE RESERVE COMPONENT. AFFILIATION WITH A SELECTED MARINE CORPS RESERVE (SMCR) UNIT IS ENCOURAGED. RESERVE AFFILIATION BONUSES MAY BE AVAILABLE FOR MARINES WHO COMMIT TO AFFILIATION WITH A SMCR UNIT UPON EARLY RELEASE. FOR INFORMATION REGARDING RESERVE COMPONENT OPPORTUNITIES, CONTACT A PRIOR SERVICE RECRUITER AT WWW.MARINES.COM OR COMMERCIAL PHONE NUMBER 1-800-627-4637.
7. COORDINATING INSTRUCTIONS
A. HQMC (MP) MAINTAINS ALL POLICY ASSOCIATED WITH THIS PROGRAM.
B. HQMC (MM) MAINTAINS FINAL APPROVAL AUTHORITY FOR ALL REQUESTS.
C. INDIVIDUAL MARINES MUST SUBMIT REQUESTS TO PARTICIPATE IN VEERP VIA THEIR CHAIN OF COMMAND.
D. WHILE THE INTENT OF THIS PROGRAM IS COST SAVINGS, MSC G-1’S ARE RESPONSIBLE AND SHOULD BE COGNIZANT OF UNITS REACHING CRITICAL STAFFING LEVELS TO RESPOND TO SHORT-TERM FORCE DEMANDS AS WELL AS ACCOMPLISH DAY-TO-DAY MISSION REQUIREMENTS. MSC G-1S WILL ENSURE THAT VEERP APPROVAL RECOMMENDATIONS DO NOT REDUCE ON BOARD STAFFING BELOW 80 PERCENT OF TABLE OF ORGANIZATION AND NO LESS THAN 70 PERCENT OF EACH PRIMARY MILITARY OCCUPATIONAL SPECIALTY.
E. ADCON BATTALION/SQUADRON COMMANDERS WILL SUBMIT:
(1) ALL REQUESTS UNDER 90 DAYS FOR EARLY RELEASE VIA THEIR MSC G-1 TO HQMC (MMEA) VIA NAVAL MESSAGE WITH THE REQUIRED VEERP SPREADSHEET ATTACHMENT.
(2) ALL REQUESTS OVER 90 DAYS FOR EARLY RELEASE WILL BE SUBMITTED TO MSC G-1S FOR ENDORSEMENT FOR THE FIRST GENERAL OFFICER IN THE CHAIN OF COMMAND. MSC G-1S WILL SUBMIT TO HQMC (MMEA) VIA NAVAL MESSAGE WITH THE REQUIRED VEERP SPREADSHEET ATTACHMENT.
(3) WITHOUT THE REQUIRED ATTACHMENT AND ACCURATE AND FULL SSN, REQUESTS WILL NOT BE PROCESSED. USE PROCEDURES FROM REF C TO TRANSMIT MARINE’S PERSONAL DATA. THE REQUIRED SPREADSHEET ATTACHMENT CAN BE FOUND ON THE MMEA WEBSITE IN THE DISTRIBUTION AND POLICY REFERENCE AREA AFTER YOU LOG-IN TO THE PORTAL. CONTACT HQMC (MM) POC WITH SUBMISSIONS QUESTIONS TO ENSURE ACCURACY IN SUBMISSION PROCEDURES.
(4) COMMANDERS WILL RECOMMEND APPROVAL OF THE SPECIFIC DATE FOR SEPARATION ON THE SPREADSHEET WHEN ENDORSING A MARINE’S REQUEST FOR EARLY RELEASE. COMMANDERS ARE ADVISED THAT VACANCIES OCCURING FROM MARINES APPROVED FOR VEERP WILL BE FILLED AS SOON AS PRACTICABLE BASED UPON PRIORITIZED REQUIREMENTS. COMMANDERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO CONTACT MMEA FOR REPLACEMENT COORDINATION. TERMINAL LEAVE IS AUTHORIZED AT COMMANDERS’ DISCRETION. SEPARATION APPROPRIATION DATA WILL BE PROCESSED THROUGH ESTABLISHED PUREX CYCLES.
(5) COMMANDERS WILL PROVIDE SPECIFIC JUSTIFICATION FOR INDIVIDUAL MARINES NOT RECOMMENDED FOR APPROVAL TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM.
(6) COMMANDERS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT; THEY WILL ENSURE THAT APPROVAL DOES NOT REDUCE ON BOARD STAFFING BELOW 80 PERCENT OF TABLE OF ORGANIZATION AND NO LESS THAN 70 PERCENT OF EACH PRIMARY MILITARY OCCUPATIONAL SPECIALTY.
F. HQMC (MM) RESERVES THE AUTHORITY TO APPROVE/DISAPPROVE/RESTRICT THE TOTAL NUMBER OF EARLY RELEASE DAYS TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE MARINE CORPS. MARINES OVERSEAS AND IN SOME PRIMARY MILITARY OCCUPATIONAL SPECIALTIES MAY BE RELEASED AT LESS THAN REQUESTED RELEASE AND/OR COMMANDER RECOMMENDED DATES. UPON HQMC (MM) FINAL APPROVAL, MMEA WILL REPORT THE NEW EAS/ECC VIA MCTFS UNIT DIARY ENTRY PER REF D. COMMANDERS WILL BE NOTIFIED OF VEERP APPROVAL VIA DIARY FEEDBACK REPORT WITH HISTORY STATEMENT INDICATING APPROVAL FOR VEERP. NAVAL MESSAGE CORRESPONDENCE FROM HQMC (MM) WILL BE ISSUED AS REQUIRED TO ASSIST IN PROCESSING OR TO ALERT COMMANDERS OF APPROVAL DETERMINATION CONTRARY TO RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE ADCON COMMANDER.
G. MARINES BEING SEPARATED UNDER VEERP WILL SIGN A PAGE 11 ENTRY IN THEIR SERVICE RECORD BOOK ACKNOWLEDGING THEY ARE A VOLUNTEER FOR THE PROGRAM AND THAT SEPARATION REQUIREMENTS WILL BE COMPLETED PRIOR TO EAS. EXAMPLE PAGE 11 ENTRY: I HAVE BEEN APPROVED FOR PARTICIPATION IN THE FY13 VOLUNTARY ENLISTED EARLY RELEASE PROGRAM. I UNDERSTAND THAT MY NEW EAS IS (YYYY/MM/DD). I HAVE BEEN COUNSELED ON THE CONTENTS OF THE FY13 VOLUNTARY ENLISTED EARLY RELEASE PROGRAM MARADMIN AND UNDERSTAND THAT I WILL BE CONSIDERED TO HAVE COMPLETED MY FULL ACTIVE SERVICE. I UNDERSTAND THAT I AM REQUIRED TO COMPLETE ANY REMAINING RESERVE OR READY RESERVE OBLIGATIONS PER MY INDIVIDUAL SERVICE ENLISTMENT CONTRACT. ADDITIONALLY, I UNDERSTAND THAT PRE-SEPARATION COUNSELING, TAP/TAMP AND MEDICAL SCREENING FOR SEPARATION MUST BE COMPLETE PRIOR TO MY NEW EAS.
H. UNIT DIARY ENTRIES REPORTING RELEASE FROM ACTIVE DUTY OR DISCHARGE WILL BE SUBMITTED PER REF D.
(1) THE SEPARATION PROGRAM DESIGNATOR CODE (SPD) FOR ACTIVE DUTY ENLISTED MARINES BEING RELEASED FROM ACTIVE DUTY IS MCC1, REDUCTION IN FORCE. THIS SEPARATION CODE APPLIES TO MARINES THAT HAVE REMAINING OBLIGATED SERVICE OR WISH TO TRANSFER TO THE RESERVES. REF E, PARAGRAPH 6404.3 PROVIDES THE AUTHORITY FOR THIS SEPARATION CODE.
(2) THE SPD FOR ACTIVE DUTY ENLISTED MARINES BEING DISCHARGED FROM ACTIVE DUTY IS KCC1, REDUCTION IN FORCE. THIS SEPARATION CODE APPLIES TO MARINES THAT HAVE COMPLETED EIGHT YEARS ACTIVE DUTY OBLIGATED SERVICE AND DO NOT WISH TO TRANSFER TO THE RESERVES. REF E, PARAGRAPH 6404.3 PROVIDES THE AUTHORITY FOR THIS SEPARATION CODE.
(3) MARINES ALREADY DENIED FURTHER SERVICE WILL RETAIN THE APPROPRIATE SPD CODE AND MUST SUBMIT FOR SEPARATIONS PAY DETERMINATION PER REFS E AND F.
I. RELEASE OF REGULAR ACTIVE ENLISTED MARINES WITH MILITARY SERVICE OBLIGATIONS FROM ACTIVE DUTY WILL BE EFFECTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH REF E.
J. IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT COMMANDS NOTIFY THEIR DISBURSING OFFICERS/FINANCE OFFICERS (DO/FO) REGARDING EACH MARINE’S EARLY SEPARATION PER REF G. THOSE ORGANIZATIONS RESPONSIBLE FOR SEPARATING MARINES ARE REQUIRED TO IMMEDIATELY NOTIFY THE DO/FO VIA A NAVMC 11116 OF THE PENDING SEPARATION. A NAVMC 11060 MUST THEN BE SUBMITTED TO THE DO/FO WITHIN 5 WORKING DAYS PRIOR TO THE MARINE’S SEPARATION DATE.
8. GENERAL INFORMATION
A. IN THE EVENT OF FUTURE RECALL, MARINES RELEASED UNDER THIS MARADMIN WILL BE CONSIDERED AS BEING IN THE SAME STATUS AS THOSE WHO HAVE COMPLETED THEIR OBLIGATED PERIOD OF ACTIVE DUTY.
B. ENLISTED MARINES SEPARATED UNDER AUTHORITY OF THIS MARADMIN MAY BE AWARDED THE GOOD CONDUCT MEDAL IF THEIR ADJUSTED EAS FALLS WITHIN 90 DAYS OF THEIR 3 YEAR GOOD CONDUCT MEDAL ANNIVERSARY DATE.
C. MARINES WHO ARE ENTITLED TO SEPARATION PAY UPON NORMAL EAS, WHO ELECT, AND ARE APPROVED FOR EARLY RELEASE FROM ACTIVE DUTY UNDER THIS MARADMIN, WILL RETAIN THEIR ENTITLEMENT TO SEPARATION PAY PROVIDED THEY HAVE COMPLETED 6 YEARS OF ACTIVE SERVICE PRIOR TO THE DAY OF EARLY RELEASE (NEW EAS) FROM ACTIVE DUTY. MARINES ARE REMINDED THAT EARLY RELEASE FROM ACTIVE DUTY UNDER THIS MARADMIN COULD AFFECT THE AMOUNT OF THEIR SEPARATION PAY. REFS E AND F PRESCRIBE THE METHOD OF COMPUTING SEPARATION PAY. FURTHERMORE, IF EARLY RELEASE WOULD DISQUALIFY MARINES FOR SEPARATION PAY DUE TO LENGTH OF SERVICE CRITERIA UNDER THE LAW, MARINES WILL NOT BE RELEASED FROM ACTIVE DUTY UNTIL THEIR SERVICE LENGTH CRITERIA HAS BEEN MET.
D. MARINES ENTITLED TO SEPARATION BENEFITS ARE AUTHORIZED THOSE BENEFITS IF RELEASED UNDER THIS MARADMIN. AS A REMINDER, ELIGIBLE MARINES AND THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS DESIRING TO RETAIN TRICARE PRIME UPON SEPARATION ARE REQUIRED TO REENROLL IN TRICARE.
E. MARINES ARE REMINDED TO REVIEW EDUCATIONAL BENEFITS PRIOR TO PARTICIPATING IN VEERP. A LIST OF ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR THE POST 9-11 GI BILL CAN BE FOUND IN REFS H, I, AND J. MGIB REQUIREMENTS ARE FOUND IN REF K.
F. ENLISTMENT BONUSES (EB) OR SELECTIVE REENLISTMENT BONUSES (SRB) WILL NOT BE RECOUPED FROM MARINES SEPARATED UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF THIS MARADMIN AS IT IS A FORCE SHAPING MEASURE.
G. POLICY APPLICABLE TO THE FY14 VEERP WILL BE DISSEMINATED WITH SUFFICIENT TIME FOR FY14 EAS MARINES TO MAKE CAREER AND RETENTION DECISIONS.
9. RESERVE APPLICABILITY. THIS MARADMIN IS NOT APPLICABLE TO THE MARINE CORPS RESERVE.
10. THIS MARADMIN CANCELS ON 30 SEP 2013.
11. RELEASE AUTHORIZED BY LIEUTENANT GENERAL ROBERT E. MILSTEAD, JR. DEPUTY COMMANDANT FOR MANPOWER AND RESERVE AFFAIRS.//

Happy Birthday, America

We hope you have a safe (not too safe ) holiday and have tons of fun!

Happy Birthday America

Hey look! It’s our ol pal Osama!

This guy was a Marine.

We went out to see fireworks and she had one job. ONE…

This guy was a Marine too.

And so was this guy.

This guy was definitely a Marine…

And let’s not forget these guys. If it were not for them, we would have been destroyed by Aliens 16 years ago. TRUE American heroes… Salute.

I will end with this. This has got to be the most amazing patriotic recording in American history. Barely a century out of slavery, not even a decade removed from Jim Crow, a black man wails away on the national anthem, not with a horn or his voice, but with an electric motherfucking guitar, an American invention, in front of thousands of people gathered together as an act of protest against the established order. This is the sound of freedom ringing.

Source: reddit.com