Rants Of A (Former) Boot Marine

It’s been a while since I have posted here. I mean really, quite a while since I’ve been posting the series “Rants of a Boot Marine.” This will sound like gibberish, but here goes nothing.
The classical Stockholm Syndrome almost got to me. I contemplated of staying in when my mind is always screaming for me to get out. I mean how does this happen? Perhaps because I am now an NCO. Treated somewhat better, actually earned respect because I don’t play fuck fuck games or pull the rank card with junior Marines, and actually decent at my job.
I am not under terrible Sergeants or SNCOs and my OIC seems to be a fantastic individual who approved my Christmas leave before my SNCO had a chance to look at it. I have a package for an aquatic course that’s awaiting the approval of my SNCO before it heads up to the Commanding Officer for his signature before attending the course after coming back from leave. And my Sergeant, while he can be offended by long hair, seems to be a decent individual who will have my back. Not to mention, I’m on standby to possibly go to another country for a decent amount of time on the Corps dime.
However, I am easily reminded from the system of Field Day, Safety Standdowns, and ridiculous inspections that I now am a part of, is the reason to not stay. Everyone in my family after seeing my “success” and wants me to stay but they don’t seem to get it. And while I love my Chain of Command, I also have my own integrity and morale values. I can’t let myself down.
I do not want to go down that path of feeling regret for another 4 to 5 years knowing that I could have a better life.
If anything while I’m not drinking the Kool-Aid of motardism, being in the Marines for the last three years has taught me to beat the system at its own game, or at least making the most out of it, or playing the game at work.
While I know I am not going to live the same way in the outside world, knowing that I can be myself, it sucks sometimes when you find the small patch of green after promotion. I am not saying that it’s easier, now that I’m an NCO. I’ve felt like I’ve been smacked in the balls with a giant workload from the day I got promoted, probably because of a dirtbag Corporal who cannot seem to have his life together. And with that being said, I literally have to pick up the slack for what he misses. It’s like eating horrible leftovers.
When I can, I’ll remind myself here and there by going to this site to remind me of why I will not raise my hand and swear an oath again. If I do have an oath to swear, it’s to swear that I can be successful in the actual world, be paid the worth that I work for, and actually enjoy life.
Submitted by: BrassNecked14
  • Chris

    Congratulations on what you have accomplished.
    When I was looking to get out, my folks could only see that I was leaving a steady paycheck. They didn’t understand that for 6 months I could get unemployment while using the GI Bill, and that I was getting a tax-free VA disability pension (Do not wait to do your claims; get that taken care of before getting out!). To be clear, as a Sgt in 2008 I took home $3,000. As a former Sgt, I took home $4,000 for the first 6 months, then $2,800 after that.
    What my folks also couldn’t understand is that being in the Marine Corps means you are not free. Now, working a job of any kind means that, but you can quit normal jobs.
    With a little weight on your collar, the Corps is an easy way to make a little bit of money, but you risk getting your ass shot off in Iraq or Afghanistan. If you’re going to do that, get a job with Lockheed Martin making $15k a month. Or Triple Canopy. Or any other contractor place. I have friend who works half the year in the Middle East and half the year in Washington, DC. While home he makes $8k, while away he makes $20k. It’s not ideal for his family, but much better than the 22 years he did in the Army, for which he gets a meager pension that gets taxed.
    Consider your options. You’ve earned them.