Even in the Reserves, the MC can suck

I was motivated to join the Marine Corps, I was, my dad was a Marine, my uncle a Marine and grandfather also, a Marine.  So I was pretty much motivated as fuck before going to bootcamp, I was thinking like, oh wait until they see me, just wait, it will be the greatest thing ever being a Marine, and I was motivated until i got to Parris island, and realized how much bootcamp sucked and how brutal it was, like everyone else, and after the crucible, I was motto as hell, and was pumped, and it only kind of hit me that week, prior to crucible, on the way to church, I talked to another recruit, thinking, wow, I kind of just endured these past 12 weeks, and really, I kind of want to be a civillian again.  So i realized I satisfied that urge of wanting and being a Marine down in parris island, and I wanted to be a civillian again, until the reality set it, that I was fucking locked in, for the next 6 years of my life….
Back to what I was saying before, so after the crucible, i was motto as fuck, couldn’t wait to come home and show off to the girlfriend and to all those scumfucks i graduated highschool with.  So I get home on bootleave, half way through, and fucking realize I want to be a civillian again, and I did not want to leave, I realized how fucking awesome the civllian life is, how much I took for granted.  Because In Parris Island I learned everything i needed to learn, I realized you have to a complete piece of shit to not be sucessful inthe civillian world, and hard work is easy, you just gotta fucking do it.  Thats what I got out of the Marine Corps, and thats really all I wanted out of it, I joined becuase i felt i was a screwup who was lazy, i felt I needed a change, an appiphany so to speak, and I got one, and now thats its all said and done, I want out becuase I fufilled and learaned everything I wanted from the Marine Corps when I was in the parris Island, now i just want to live my life and leave the Marine Corps behind, but I can’t and I’m stuck with it the next 6 years of my life.  Okay, so I’m reserve you say, not too bad right?  Wrong.  I have a Sergeant who just came off of active duty, who was only his second drill last month (as it was for me too) and he was basically telling me how much he hated it as well.  Ill tell you why.
So, I get a taste of civllian life during my month off right?  Well heres why it sucks, because the reserve in a sense, is like teasing an animal, they constantly feel like they’re gonna get the thing they want, but the reality is, they’re not gonna get that fucking dog bone.  ANd that’s the reserve, I’m teased with, ‘oh you can go to school’  ‘oh you can work’, but the reality is every fucking month I have to sacrifice a weekend, and report for this bullshit, how can I accomidate a school scheudale, what if i have a final the monday after the weekend, and with my major, being finance, how can I work as a corporate banker, with crazy hours, and say they need me to come in on a saturday, oh wait, cant cause of reserve, all the reserve does it get your enjoying and becoming comfortable with civillian life making you feel free for a little why, and then all of a sudden the carpet is pulled out from underneath  you, pretty much saying “JK YEAH RIGHT LOLOLOL, YOU’RE MINE THE NEXT 6 YEARS BITCH”.  And thats what makes it suck, it could be a weekend needed for work, vacation, a wedding, nope, gotta sacrifice it.
So this is my 3rd drill coming up, and I just fucking hate it, a lot of what has to do with it are these power insane, unintelligent douche bags that are your fellow Marines.  Everytime  I go, there are in particular these 2 douche bags I have to put up with, who I went to MOS school with and were such assholes to me, and I thought i’d never have to see them again, but of course they end up at my unit, and they make my life suck, so my entire month I just dread going back to drill, and while I’m there I just feel like shit, and just knowing that this will be my life the 6 years makes me want to get the fuck out, I hate it, it does nothing for me except get in the way of pursuing my civillian career and life with my girlfriend, and it just fucking urks me, living month to month, dreading each month, because of the upcoming drill dates, and just having that in the back of my head, the whole month makes me anxious, depressed and shitty, and knowing that im going to have to put up with this fucking emotional drain for the next 6 years of my life, makes me want to go to drastic measures to get the fuck out, if there is anyway for 6 years to pass quickly, please, someone let me in on it, because i fucking hate the way my life looks right now.

Submitted by: Billycraft123

  • Free Mutha Fucka!!

    I got out after 8 years on active duty and it for the most part sucked. I did an extra 4 years because I have a family and needed to do it in order to set myself up for success later in life. Upon getting out I got a job back home and tripled my pay and I’ve never been happier. Little tangent there I had to get out because I loathed every minute of my last 4 years in that backwards fucking club called the Marine Corps and took as much terminal leave as I could. But, back to you and your question. 6 years won’t go by fast at all and it’s going to suck for you. With that being said, you’re a reservist dude, stop crying about it. And you’re probably a POG as well which makes it not that bad at all. Secondly, if you are indeed in college right now you might want to take a look at your grammar and punctuation. I felt like I was reading a story written by an 8 year old who didn’t take his ADHD medication.

    • blob

      Haha, what a whiny bitch. You are fucking reservist, life is easy. Grow the fuck up and make the best of it. I guessed you missed the whole growing up part somewhere along the way. No one likes a whiny bitch, in the Marines or the corporate world. Also learn how to fucking spell you nitwit.

      •  Sounds like the person who needs to do the “growing up” is you.  Your entire statement is childish.

      •  I just noticed this, but you decided to nit pick on spelling when you can’t even get your own grammar right.  Here try this website http://www.grammarly.com/

        That way the next time you want to bash someones spelling, you do not have to look like an idiot!  Cool huh?

      • Shawn

        Is there a substantial difference between complaining, and complaining about someone else’s complaining?
        Food for thought

  • Free Mutha Fucka!!

    I got out after 8 years on active duty and it for the most part sucked. I did an extra 4 years because I have a family and needed to do it in order to set myself up for success later in life. Upon getting out I got a job back home and tripled my pay and I’ve never been happier. Little tangent there I had to get out because I loathed every minute of my last 4 years in that backwards fucking club called the Marine Corps and took as much terminal leave as I could. But, back to you and your question. 6 years won’t go by fast at all and it’s going to suck for you. With that being said, you’re a reservist dude, stop crying about it. And you’re probably a POG as well which makes it not that bad at all. Secondly, if you are indeed in college right now you might want to take a look at your grammar and punctuation. I felt like I was reading a story written by an 8 year old who didn’t take his ADHD medication.

    • blob

      Haha, what a whiny bitch. You are fucking reservist, life is easy. Grow the fuck up and make the best of it. I guessed you missed the whole growing up part somewhere along the way. No one likes a whiny bitch, in the Marines or the corporate world. Also learn how to fucking spell you nitwit.

      • S.

         Sounds like the person who needs to do the “growing up” is you.  Your entire statement is childish.

      • S.

        I just noticed this, but you decided to nit pick on spelling when you can’t even get your own grammar right. 

        Here try this website http://www.grammarly.com/

        That way the next time you want to bash someones spelling, you do not have to look like an idiot!  Cool huh?

      • Shawn

        Is there a substantial difference between complaining, and complaining about someone else’s complaining?
        Food for thought

  • fuck this shit

    you hit this right on the nail. I am in college right now and it continously fucks up my school. Coincidently every fucking drill falls on my monday exam or if i have to report on a friday, i have an exam on that day to. I am fucking sick of it and my dumbass sgts dont give a fuck. I did horrible on my finals last semester because they were the week of an 8 driller and i had no time to study

  • fuck this shit

    you hit this right on the nail. I am in college right now and it continously fucks up my school. Coincidently every fucking drill falls on my monday exam or if i have to report on a friday, i have an exam on that day to. I am fucking sick of it and my dumbass sgts dont give a fuck. I did horrible on my finals last semester because they were the week of an 8 driller and i had no time to study

  • Bossmustang390

    really, a god damn Reservist……one weekend a month…. cry baby 

  • Bossmustang390

    really, a god damn Reservist……one weekend a month…. cry baby 

    • 1990-2012SGTMAJ

      OK first of all if you have a problem with him being in the reserves do not comment on his post second i was active duty for 20 years and then did another 2 in the reserves before finally getting out all the way and you want to know what i learned in my 22 years in the Marines was that half of the time the Marines that work the hardest and did the most and cared more about the corps are this reserve Marines on my last deployment i can tell you the reservist i deployed with made me more proud and did better on all the patrols and just gave me 100% then most of my active duty guys did on my first 2 deployments so before you give the reservist shit think about it i bet he will do more in the reserves then you ever did on active duty,
      Ret.SgtMaj.F

  • 1990-2012SGTMAJ

    OK first of all if you have a problem with him being in the reserves do not comment on his post second i was active duty for 20 years and then did another 2 in the reserves before finally getting out all the way and you want to know what i learned in my 22 years in the Marines was that half of the time the Marines that work the hardest and did the most and cared more about the corps are this reserve Marines on my last deployment i can tell you the reservist i deployed with made me more proud and did better on all the patrols and just gave me 100% then most of my active duty guys did on my first 2 deployments so before you give the reservist shit think about it i bet he will do more in the reserves then you ever did on active duty,
    Ret.SgtMaj.F

  • Michael Hasbun

    A very important lesson needed to succeed in life is “you must fulfill your obligations, even when not easy”… Apparently this one hasn’t sunk in..

  • Bob Whitemann

    we had one Sgt who non-recd half the LCPLs in my platoon, he checked out and left no explination, no councling, nothing. The company 1st sgt still had to procces it. Its petty bs like that that gets me pissed off about being in the reserves. And another retard Cpl who thought that since he had the rank that automatically game him newfangled leadership skills, and decided to push his weight around and assert his “authority”, but everyone but him could tell how much of a pos he actually is, everyone in my BN avoided that shitbird and his misdirection, Im happy hes out. I hate people who are unemployed but have rank think they can lord over all the other Marines only beacuse they have that rank. And that Sgt was a complete powerhungry pos. There are E-3 with $100k salaries and who have excellent jobs outside the Marines. Its a sad fact that that as soon as you hit the reserves your concept of the Marines has changed so drastically, and honestly. as a reservest it is imparitive that you apply yourself to a good civilian carrer, beacuse frankly if you are a pos unemployed fag who likes to throw his or her weight around due to his or her rank.

  • Gunny

    Good morning Billycraft123. I know this post is a few years old; however, I only recently found this site. Being a reservist once myself, and currently serving on Inspector-Instructor duty, I would like to point out a few things about the SMCR that the active component does not share:
    1. You know what unit you will be in even before you swear in at MEPS. No active duty service member is afforded this opportunity. You dont find out your unit until the end of your MOS school.
    2. You enlist knowing what your exact MOS will be, not just the occupational field.
    3. You get to see your unit before you ship to boot camp. You are required to conduct an interview at your reserve unit before you go to boot camp. You get to hear what it is like from the actual Marines working there vice just your recruiter.
    4. You are provided a yearly drill schedule and know every single day that you are required to put on the uniform. Most active duty Marines do not know what they are doing even the next day.
    5. The UCMJ and Marine Corps standards do not apply to you while you are not in a drilling status. All active component Marines are required to follow this 24/7.
    6. Your employer is required to let you attend all military service obligations. This is the law.
    7. I have not seen a college yet that does work with military reservists when their drill and class schedules conflict.
    8. You can reschedule you military obligations and make up drills.

    I understand your frustrations with going to school and upholding your military obligations; however, it is not a surprise on when you are coming to drill. You have an entire year’s schedule to look at. You knew exactly what your obligations would be when you enlisted into the SMCR and you freely volunteered. Can you blame the Marine Corps that your college classes fall on certain days? Is it the Marine Corps’ fault that your employer wants you to work on Saturday? Have you researched the employment laws as related to military service on the following website: http://www.esgr.mil ? Just a recap: your college will work with you, you just have to provide them a drill schedule. Your employer cannot force you to work on a day that you are supposed to drill. You do have options available to you. If you have a legitimate reason why you cannot attend drill, you can be excused and make it up a later date. I have to admit, though I understand your frustrations, I am having a difficult time seeing how the organization that you freely volunteered to join, knowing exactly what you were getting into, knowing the exact days the Marine Corps expects you to fulfill those obligations is impeding that much on your life when there are so many options available to you. Have a great day.

  • schneybley

    A couple of other things that nobody mentions about how shitty reserves is first off the fact that many people become reservists because their recruiters tell them they can go active after a short period of time. Not surprising since to many people their idea of being in the military is more than one weekend a month but it’s stupid when you really think about it since it doesn’t make any sense for people to join the reserves than jump to active that would be counter productive for the corps. The other thing is that unless you deploy you get significantly less benefits and even if you do deploy for at least 90 days things like the GI bill is still a fraction of what the full active guys get. Good luck getting a deployment in now that the wars are over.