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Great Opportunity to learn leadership, experience and credentials for a job in the civilian sector.

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  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Marine Corps Officer in Washington, DC
Current Employee - Marine Corps Officer in Washington, DC

I have been working at US Marine Corps full-time (more than 10 years)

Pros

The best part is financial security and stability. You won't have to worry about your company's contract period of performance running out or being shaken by the economy. During your contract term, your job will be there come what may. Also, great opportunity to obtain a retirement pension after 20 years of service. Rated at 50% of basic pay for 20 years of service and 2.5% for each additional year over 20.

Cons

If you are attached to a Fleet Marine Force Unit, you are very likely to deploy in support of overseas operations. Actually, you are highly encouraged and expected to do at least one FMF tour about once every 5-6 years for career progression, which is very important if you want to make a career out of the Marine Corps. Currently, Marine Corps is downsizing the force due to draw-down but with the mass exodus, could be potential for promotions where there are vacuums.

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    Interesting life experience that has its rewards.

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    Current Employee - E4 - Marines - Corporal in Havelock, NC
    Current Employee - E4 - Marines - Corporal in Havelock, NC

    I have been working at US Marine Corps full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good dependable pay and benefits, see things and go places many others never get to see.

    Cons

    Have to leave your family behind for long periods of time, usually a higher number of things you're going to hate doing vs. the things that are going to be fun and exciting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A never made it up the ranks high enough to be in the position to advise the management.

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    I'm glad I did it, but I can't take it anymore

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    Current Employee - Legal in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Legal in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at US Marine Corps full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    -Excellent benefits
    -Pay is very good after a few years and you have attained SNCO rank or if you become an officer.
    -Great character builder.
    -Lots of respect, discounts, free stuff and other perks from the community in general, businesses, military programs etc.
    -You get a chance to see exotic places (maybe, it's part luck and part your job. Your chances increase if we're at war).
    -It can be fun sometimes if you like being in the field and shooting guns and stuff like that.
    -You make lifelong friends.
    -College tuition.
    -You get a chance to learn a skill, if you get the right test scores, that is (choose your job wisely).

    Cons

    Where to start...
    -The first few years suck. You get treated like crap, your freedom is greatly restricted, and the pay sucks.
    -Invariably you will have total idiots for leaders. You get the occasional good leader too.
    -Most of the times the people over you only care about and will base their actions on having a good fitness report so they can get promoted. You will have the occasional superior who really cares about you.
    -The promotion system is deeply flawed (hence you get idiots as leaders).
    -Your shitty leaders only care about you only as long as you're in the service. That is, they could care less whether or not you are preparing yourself for when you get out and have to compete in the civilian world. Sometimes they won't even afford you the opportunity to take college courses. You need your leadership's permission to do that.
    -For the most part you get moved around places every three years and chances are it will be some crappy duty station where you don't want to go. Families and kids get uprooted all the time. There are very few desirable duty stations.
    -The MC will screw you without hesitation if it's "for the good of the MC." The needs of the MC come first, no exceptions.
    -All in all, the MC will suck you dry and spit you out leaving you to fend for yourself in the civilian world after you've sacrificed so much. That's if you're lucky. The unlucky ones will get court-martialled for something as stupid as smoking weed or sleeping with someone who has been separated but not divorced (non-crimes in the civilian world). For doing that, a 19 year old kid will be convicted of a federal felony and get tagged with a bad-conduct discharge for the rest of his life and he'll never get a better job than maybe McDonald's or construction.

    I have actually had a decent experience in the MC. This is what I've seen in my 13 years of service and it happens to the vast majority of Marines.

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    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See your troops as human beings who make mistakes. Realize that there will come a time when they are not in the MC anymore and your job as a leader should be to prepare them for when that day comes.

    Doesn't Recommend
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