A few weeks ago I was watching scared straight or one of those jail shows. The douchebag 17 year old said instead of finishing school he was going to join the military and get his GED there.
1. The military, or at least the United States Marine Corps, doesn’t accept people without high school diplomas.
2. The military doesn't accept douchebags (for the most part)
3. The military doesn't accept people with extensive criminal backgrounds
4. The military isn't a last resort, at least for douchebags.
Since I'm a USMC wife, I'm going to refer to the military as Marines in this post.
I don't think people view the USMC as a last resort. If you're a lazy fuck up, the last thing you're going to want to do, or be able to do is complete 3 grueling months of boot camp.
This kid on the show was a drug addict and criminal, I doubt he's going to obey authority and enjoy physical training.
You don't just join the Corps and start shooting people and blowing shit up - stay home and play Call of Duty.
The Corps is an elite group of men who stand in front of our country. It's about Honor, Courage & Commitment. For love of country.
I didn't think it was a secret, but apparently it is. Marines don't get paid well. You're not joining and becoming rich.
When you enlist in the USMC you make $1,491 a month. Does that sound like rich to you? 18k a year before taxes - that's poverty.
well holy shit - after i posted this everyone and their mother jumped on my back. i did not make these pay scales. i did not include BAH and some other things -this is the base pay - this is not the point of this post. the point of this post is about joining the military as a last resort (or not) AND to point out to civilians that Marines are not making 80-100k per year even with benefits - Marines aren't rich. that's the point. I don't make up the pay scale - so get your panties out of a bunch.
A Staff Sergeant who has been in about 8-10 years makes UP TO (but not always) $43k before taxes. Try living on that with a family. College graduates average $50-80k in their first year.
A PFC makes $2 an hour and a SSgt makes $4 an hour
* note this pay scale does not include BAH and etc... the military is compensated for other things, but this shows the base pay. Regardless of which pay scale i post, it's dirt.
The recruiter is going to make the Corps sound glorious; it really isn’t. It can be – but you have to work your ass off.
These men did not come off the streets as screw ups. I'm sure there are a few former screw-ups out there who have made it, but that's not what the Corps is about.
My husband, after a semester, found out that college really wasn't his thing at the time. Shortly after 9/11 he enlisted in the USMC for honor, for country. In a sense it was a last resort, but he enlisted to serve, not because it was his only option.
Growing up, we weren't in a time of war and the military wasn't as popular as it is today. As a kid I did think the military was a last resort, I guess I didn't know any better.
The Marines I have met and the ones who have trained Travis are an elite group of men. I have never met more amazing people than these men. They love this country. They love each other and they love their families. These men are protecting each other and us. They are held to high standards. They are United States Marine.
Don't get me wrong, there are a bunch of douche bags, too, but they won't amount to anything, much less be given the chance to reenlist.
If you’re a screw up and care about changing your future and get through boot camp, you probably have a good shot at making something great of yourself.
There’s another form of joining the military as a last resort: unemployment. It’s no secret that unemployment rates have been high, and whether or not people end up joining, it’s a consideration for a lot of unemployed people.
While joining can be a last resort for some, it cannot be a last resort for all. For many, it’s a first option. Many of our generation grew up seeing awesome recruiting posters and commercials—they wanted the white gloves and the sword.
When you see a service member, please do not automatically think they enlisted because they were fuckups, or because they had no other option – they enlisted with a sense of pride to protect your ass.
My final words: Service Members Are Not Rich. They Can Barely Survive.