I Have Medical Problems in the Corps. What should I do?

Well shit, I don’t know if this is the place to put this or not, but I’ve gotta get it out somewhere, might as well be here right? I joined this disgusting disorganization around a year ago. I was a stupid, motivated(aka retarded) and signed my life away to the corps for the next 6 years of my life. Yes I’m a reservist. I was motivated and ready to serve my country. So far, I haven’t done jack shit. I would hardly call any “Training ops” we do credible. We go to a camp in the middle of Cali, set up tents, and patrol them for two to three days. Yeah, way to serve and protect right? What a waste of taxpayers hard earned dollars! Hell, I haven’t been paid for this bullshit for the last three months, and when i DO get paid, It’s a VERY small amount! It takes me three hours to get to my unit, so I have to fill up my tank twice to get there and back, which takes up all of my drill pay anyways. This last October, right before the Marine corps ball, they asked us who was planning on not going. I raised my hand, explaining that I had no money to go ( i was borrowing money from my dad at that point just to GET to drill) and also had an important interview that I had to go to that could not be rescheduled. They said that was all good to go and what not. Then, the next time I see them at drill, my Ssgt starts spewing all this shit about how I HAVE to go, that it’s required and that I never told him shit about not going. Well I tried to be tactful and explain to him that this was already resolved during last drill, but he wasn’t having any of it. So I got to spend the whole drill being called a shitbag marine, getting extra pt, rifle duty, etc, all because I didn’t have a job and couldn’t afford to go to this stupid ball. Then when we’re all in formation, he starts telling the platoon that he doesn’t care if we’re underage, EVERYONE ill drink at the ball, and have sex. Well I was the only person who raised my hand and said. “Excuse me Ssgt, but I respectfully refuse to partake in either of those activities.” Well apparently standing up for your morals is a huge no no in the corps, as I was once again screamed at like I was a recruit, given extra duty, and was mistreated for talking back to an SNCOIC. This is only the start though ladies and gents. Ever since I’ve been in the corps, I’ve developed chronic depression and anxiety disorder. I’ve NEVER had these symptoms before last year! I went to my doc and am still currently getting help for them both. My unit doc has been helpful, taking me to a military health facility to get checked on and such. But this is the part where I have some questions for anyone who’s ever been in a similar situation. If I do get discharged, what kind of discharge will I get? I’ve been reading up some and from what I can gather, If i get a medical discharge for psychiatric problems, that’s a kiss goodbye to ever getting a job in the civilian world, as well as not allowing me to purchase weapons ever again. (I do love my guns) Is there a way out of this? I’m getting pretty deseperate at this point.

Submitted by: ScarheadtheJarhead

  • Yvonnemays525

    It is in the seperation manual that if you were to get a bad discharge due to medical problems, it would be an administrative seperation and it would be after you’ve been seeing a doctor, it didn’t help & you flipped out on someone or did something “bad”. I’ve seen a pysch my whole enlistment & still got an honorable. My advice is to record all your medical things very well so that you can claim it all in the end with the VA. As for the retard SNCOIC, I would tell someone else higher or something.

  • Yvonnemays525

    It is in the seperation manual that if you were to get a bad discharge due to medical problems, it would be an administrative seperation and it would be after you’ve been seeing a doctor, it didn’t help & you flipped out on someone or did something “bad”. I’ve seen a pysch my whole enlistment & still got an honorable. My advice is to record all your medical things very well so that you can claim it all in the end with the VA. As for the retard SNCOIC, I would tell someone else higher or something.

  • Noko

    What did you honestly expect? You have no job, and do drill once a month? Is it really that hard? No. Did you expect to get paid more for it? Most likely. Who’s fault is it you don’t have a job? Yours. It sound like you just didn’t have what it takes. And honestly, it’s not that hard and we are only getting one side of the story (yours) so I can’t really validate whether what you’re saying is true or not. So let’s humor and say you are. Then it would be your responsibility to talk to someone higher if you are having problems. You guys are all the same, you want to join the marines, it wasn’t what you thought it would be or realized that you can’t handle it (some people just can’t do it there’s no shame in that) and you start having one problem after another pop up. The resources are there for help, but if you’re going to spend your time on a website like this then I hope you find what you’re looking for.

  • Noko

    What did you honestly expect? You have no job, and do drill once a month? Is it really that hard? No. Did you expect to get paid more for it? Most likely. Who’s fault is it you don’t have a job? Yours. It sound like you just didn’t have what it takes. And honestly, it’s not that hard and we are only getting one side of the story (yours) so I can’t really validate whether what you’re saying is true or not. So let’s humor and say you are. Then it would be your responsibility to talk to someone higher if you are having problems. You guys are all the same, you want to join the marines, it wasn’t what you thought it would be or realized that you can’t handle it (some people just can’t do it there’s no shame in that) and you start having one problem after another pop up. The resources are there for help, but if you’re going to spend your time on a website like this then I hope you find what you’re looking for.

  • Owen Kennedy

    Hey man, I am currently a drilling reservist as well (after 4 years of active), sounds like you have a host of problems tought i agree with “Noko” that we are only getting one side of the story. Also, you have been in the marine corps for only a year, I am not going to say that it gets better, but it does get different. there will always be new challenges and different ways to hone your skills. But, lets be honest, you havent dont jack shit in the marine corps thus far, you joined up as a reservist to do serve your country, has that desire changed? did you think it was going to be fun and games? I assume from what you related that you are in some way part of a combat MOS or company (i am as well), what the hell did you think was going to happen? the Marine Corps is miserable, but now that you seem to have given up on it as “too hard” and causing me mental problems, you want to get out, even though you swore an oath and signed a contract to honorably serve for 6 years. Does not sound like you are taking that oath and contract seriously. 

    Just to let you know, the majority of marines in combat MOSs have mental health issues, especially if they are veterans. 

    As a reservist there are two things you can do to get out: push the medical/mental side of things and get out with a admin sep, or you can just stop showing up, if you stop showing up to drill then the worst that will happen to you is a general under other than honorable discharge. not the greatest thing in the world (you wont be able to get any government job ever) but its not the end of the world. 

    Lastly, some advice from someone thats been in the Marines for 10 years, DONT STICK YOUR NECK OUT. seriously, youre a pfc or maybe a boot lance, dont attract attention to yourself. when a SNCO says something, say aye staff sgt and walk the fuck away. they are all generally idiots and full of themselves. dont give them an excuse to fuck with you. 

    that is all, 

  • Owen Kennedy

    Hey man, I am currently a drilling reservist as well (after 4 years of active), sounds like you have a host of problems tought i agree with “Noko” that we are only getting one side of the story. Also, you have been in the marine corps for only a year, I am not going to say that it gets better, but it does get different. there will always be new challenges and different ways to hone your skills. But, lets be honest, you havent dont jack shit in the marine corps thus far, you joined up as a reservist to do serve your country, has that desire changed? did you think it was going to be fun and games? I assume from what you related that you are in some way part of a combat MOS or company (i am as well), what the hell did you think was going to happen? the Marine Corps is miserable, but now that you seem to have given up on it as “too hard” and causing me mental problems, you want to get out, even though you swore an oath and signed a contract to honorably serve for 6 years. Does not sound like you are taking that oath and contract seriously. 

    Just to let you know, the majority of marines in combat MOSs have mental health issues, especially if they are veterans. 

    As a reservist there are two things you can do to get out: push the medical/mental side of things and get out with a admin sep, or you can just stop showing up, if you stop showing up to drill then the worst that will happen to you is a general under other than honorable discharge. not the greatest thing in the world (you wont be able to get any government job ever) but its not the end of the world. 

    Lastly, some advice from someone thats been in the Marines for 10 years, DONT STICK YOUR NECK OUT. seriously, youre a pfc or maybe a boot lance, dont attract attention to yourself. when a SNCO says something, say aye staff sgt and walk the fuck away. they are all generally idiots and full of themselves. dont give them an excuse to fuck with you. 

    that is all, 

  • Madmike19682003

    i say only worry about the things you can change and don’t worry about what you can’t change. maybe move closer to the reserve unit and get a job and i mean any job that will bring in extra cash. i understand that the reserves have they’re own unique challenges compared to the active side but look at the bright side you only have to deal with these morons about 38 days a year as opposed to 365 days a year. i am opposed to just quitting the corps because it might lead to a lifetime of taking the low road. you will regret it the rest of your life. stay in, tough it out, take night classes, get a job and don’t ever take these motarded snco’s too seriously. just ignore them for 2 days a month and forget about them the other 28. hang tough and you will do fine.

  • Madmike19682003

    i say only worry about the things you can change and don’t worry about what you can’t change. maybe move closer to the reserve unit and get a job and i mean any job that will bring in extra cash. i understand that the reserves have they’re own unique challenges compared to the active side but look at the bright side you only have to deal with these morons about 38 days a year as opposed to 365 days a year. i am opposed to just quitting the corps because it might lead to a lifetime of taking the low road. you will regret it the rest of your life. stay in, tough it out, take night classes, get a job and don’t ever take these motarded snco’s too seriously. just ignore them for 2 days a month and forget about them the other 28. hang tough and you will do fine.

  • Active duty Marine

    I really love seeing all these stories about reservists bitching about how they have it so rough.