46 Responses

  1. TriviaFan at |

    One thing I was surprised to find out about Marines is that a person who enlists is not guaranteed a specific job or his choice of occupation. From what I understand a recruit is assigned a specialty and has no choice in the matter.

    If one enlists in the Army, that person can choose a specific military occupational specialty such as a tank mechanic

    1. Reaper at |

      as far as i know a job can be chosen but you have to make sure that it’s in your contract upon enlistment. I’ve been told it’s the same in the Army and every other branch.

    2. PFC Carroll at |

      Actually, a marine is guaranteed his mos, as long as he meets the necessary requirements. By this, I mean that they must obtain the appropriate scores on their asvab necessary to enter that mos. Also, once they enter that mos school, if they do not pass the requirements to enter that mos, or fail the school, then yes, as their contract says, they can be reassigned to another mos based upon the needs of the marine corps. However, they do not simply force an enlisted marine to do some job that noone wants. Also, if a marine is unhappy with his mos, given time, the said marine may “lat move” into another mos. What this does, is the marine starts another mos that is similar in training to the one he is doing, but also different. That way they can try something different, but aren’t in a totally different field. I have obtained this information through my year of enlistment that I have done so far as a junior enlisted marine in the marine corps

      1. Future Jarheads at |

        If you enlist as a reservist you can pick your exact job. If you enlist as active duty you are only guaranteed your job field and you will be assigned a job within that field at a later date. As for lat moves: No Marine is going to be allowed to switch jobs during their first enlistment. It is a waste of money to train a Marine only to have him change his job after a year or two. Lat moves are more common for Marines who re-enlist.

      2. GUEST at |

        A Marine is NOT guaranteed his mos. As long as a recruit meets the necessary requirements and their desired mos has availability then it will be listed as his mos on his contract. Recruit then goes through boot camp, becomes a Marine and then on to ITB or MCT. Then graduation day comes along and everyone receives their orders with their mos school and to many surprises find out their new mos that the Marine Corps felt they would be better suited for (or maybe there just wasnt a need for more bodies in your first chosen mos). When a mos is changed, you can bet 99.9% of the time that it will still stay within the same field. For example: my husband went into boot camp and mct with the mos combat engineer on his contract. The day before mct gaduation, he and all other Marines that had combat engineer on their contract were given different orders within field 13 (Engineer, Construction, Facilities and Equipment) It all depends on where the Marine Corps needs you. Marines also can not just request a lat move and expect to be granted their wish. Lat moves depend on many factors/requirements. The Marine first must meet all requirements within his first term. Some mos require a Marine to carryout their entire enlistment before allowing a lat move. It also depends on whether the mos training cost is high or low. If the mos is restricted or closed then it will not be approved. The only thing you can guarantee in the Marine Corps is that you cant guarantee anything at all. Nothing is absolute, everything is subject to change and you can expect the unexpected.

    3. Mike at |

      Of the replies below this point, only the one from FutureJarheads is correct regarding MOS guarantees. All others are either partly or totally incorrect. MOS guarantees are contractual obligations that the Marine Corps must honor, but they apply only to the general job field, and not to a specific job within an MOS. Every MOS is designated by four numbers; enlistment guarantees cover the first two (##00), and the Marine Corps decides on the second two (####). For example, if you have an enlistment guarantee of MOS 5800, Military Police and Corrections, the Corps can decide they want to make you an MP (5811) _or_ a Corrections Specialist (5831) while still honoring their obligation to you under your enlistment contract.

      GUEST is correct regarding the factors impacting the possibility of a lat move. Additionally, in general, a lat move within your current MOS (the first two digits stay the same) is much more likely and much more practical than a field-to-field move to a completely different occupational area; but, as GUEST says, your desires are always secondary to the NEEDS OF THE MARINE CORPS, particularly as they relate to staffing levels in the MOS you currently occupy.

      The oracle has spoken. Disbelieve at your own peril.

    4. tom at |

      when i was a Marine they guaranteed you a job in an occupational FIELD but never a specific job so if you were guaranteed to be in airfield operations you could be put in the worst job in airfield ops which is eaf building runways or in air traffic control.

  2. Brobalt at |

    Just read your article on Cracked as well. Enjoyed both of em. Radical

  3. Alvaro at |

    Wow. As a Marine who did 8 years, i have to say that this list is extremely boring and inaccurate. We can go down the list.

    10. Sure you can drink that green monster, if you want. And if you do, that is at your own discretion. Recruiters are not allowed to give their poolees that stuff and if they do, you can and should report them.

    9. All that paperwork? Yeah, its the same paperwork that you would have to fill out with any other branch.

    8. That physical? Yeah, you do that everywhere else too.

    7. 8 years? yeah. You do. And if after 4 years the government forces you to stay on active duty, you get paid extra a month for that. Also, your recruiter again should of explained this to you. OH and yeah, other branches do this too. (see a trend here?)

    6. Yeah, you have to clean because it promotes cleanliness and creates a disease free environment. Sounds like someone has an issue with cleaning in general.

    5. That is far from the truth. The marine corps has the strictest body composition program and strictest weight guidelines in the military. And, yeah, you kinda have to work out on your own in order to stay within those regulations.

    4. Really? Next item please.

    3. Well. Its unintelligible to those who arent Marines. Thus the brotherhood of the whole thing. Sounds to me like you have something against the Marine Corps.

    2. Nothing ever works… before it gets to the Marines. We perform so much maintenance on every piece of gear we own due to the fact that they are usually handmedowns from other services. Cmon.

    1. This one I cant deny. Im 26 and I feel like 36. The Marine Corps does wear your body down. Yay! you got 1 out of 10!

    1. rajimus123 at |

      yea man sorry, you’re refutations dont really instill much confidence in the marines, in the end its still just the same military bs “brotherhood” for weak minded people to be kept in line.

      1. Art at |

        Well since it is us so-called weak minded people and those that have served in the “BS Military Brotherhood” that have kept the USA, and much of the rest of the Free World, free…and given fools like rajumus123 the right to spew their thier idiocies without being summarily executed….just what does that make you, raji?

      2. TiminPhx at |

        Rajimus, you comment reads like someone who is in their 12th year of community college. I guess calling those who have actually accomplished something, makes you kills time until you mom calls you up for dinner.

      3. Jim at |

        The weak minded tend not to be successful Marines. I did my 4 (1833 YatYas) in the mid to late 80s. Since then worked my way from warehouse work to a R&D analyst in the industrial distribution industry. Now I own a biz that does pretty good for itself even in these times. Most of my success in life I can attribute to lessons learned in the Corps. The Brotherhood one experience is quite real, powerful and ever lasting. That Brotherhood comes from your commitment to your fellow Marine. You value his life more than you do your own. I can see how a narcissus / sociopath would never understand it or dismiss it as less than genuine seeing that they themselves are incapable of having that level of commitment to another.
        I always find it interesting the self assured or “my professor says” comments people make about military life when they have absolutely zero experience. Most are just laughable. It’s kind of like Andrew Dice Clay speaking at a domestic violence seminar.

    2. Trek Girl at |

      Thank you for writing this. I enjoyed the TopTenz list because I like reading about the military, but I think I enjoyed your rebuttal even more.

      1. Alvaro at |

        @rajimus, to each their own. I respect your opinion. But by refuting this list, which i did, i proved that these “surprises by enlisting in the Marines” is inaccurate due to the fact that most of these are experienced in other branches as well. So the author of this list should of named the list “Surprises by enlisting in the military”.

        @Trek Girl, thanks. I hope I cleared some things up with it.

        1. Trek Girl at |

          I watch a lot of programs about the military, so I was wise to silliness of the list and knew the author was stretching the truth a bit…or a lot.

          1. Trek Girl at |

            Oy vey. I meant to type “…I was wise to the silliness of the list…”.

        2. fragge at |

          So what you’re saying Alvaro, is that all of the negatives drawn out by the list are accurate, but that you have a problem with the semantics of specifically calling out the marines (presumably because the author themselves once enlisted in the marines)? Got it. You’e butthurt. Go mop the barracks before I take your caremelised rations away.

          1. maria at |

            @ Fragge!
            These men and women put their life on the live for us to be safe and have liberty!!! Show some respect!

    3. Bob Dole at |

      Way to ruin the fun of it Devil Nuts. It seems to me as if it was meant to be a joke and not taken seriously. Yut!

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    4. mingzl8106 at |

      A soldier after reading “Top 10 Unpleasant Surprises About Enlisting In The Army”: haha funny

      A sailor after reading “Top 10 Unpleasant Surprises About Enlisting In The Navy”: haha funny

      An airman after reading “Top 10 Unpleasant Surprises About Enlisting In The Air force”: haha funny

      A coastguard after reading “Top 10 Unpleasant Surprises About Enlisting In The Coast Guard”: haha funny

      A marine reads “Top 10 Unpleasant Surprises About Enlisting In The Marine” and freaks the “F” out.

      1. Reaper at |

        that’s called pride… and they should be proud, i’m proud of every marine i know and i will (hopefully) be a marine before next summer.

  4. Dennis at |

    Great List

  5. Dinotron at |

    Is it true that they do waterboarding in the Marines? (which is why a lot of Americans aren`t bothered by it..) Or is that the SEALS? Anyway, any country that does waterboarding can`t lecture another country for human rights. Waterboarding was done by the INQUISITION and KHMER ROUGE. but hey, if it`s good enough for Torquemada and Pol Pot, it`s good enough for us right?

    1. Trek Girl at |

      Many Americans are bothered by waterboarding. I won’t speak about whether the Marines or SEALs do it; what I will say, however, is that sometimes law enforcement and military training does involve the recruits being on the other end of the devices or tactics they are trained to use against others in the appropriate situations.
      Police recruits and correctional officers in training, for example, will sometimes, on a voluntary basis from what I have seen, but it could be different in other places, be tased so they will know what it feels like and, hopefully, use it only when it is necessary, and stop using it once the threat has been neutralized.

      1. Reaper at |

        I was of the understanding that in order to carry a taser a cop had to be tased. Same with pepper spray.

    2. Loren at |

      Who cares about human rights at war? It doesn’t matter what it takes to find out information and big thanks to those people who do this job and rest of us can shopping, watch TV, eat gamburgers and talk about we dont know anything. Too many gays around in our days, our daughters are in troubles, no husbands for them, more and more females go to the military, its a shame, all those pierced , tattooed , long haired , pants downed creations are should go into military. It would be much better if military in USA would be like in Russia – obligated, then it would be more Men around. And whatever they do in military to keep their mothers, wifes and daughters save is not a women’s business.

  6. Eric Yosomono at |

    The list is accurate. Are there similarities within other service branches? Of course. Obviously. But these were MY experiences while serving in an Infantry battalion in the USMC. Maybe it’s different for you guys fixing trucks or typing papers. I don’t know and I don’t care.

    Pog’s will be Pog’s.

    Either way, thanks for reading and commenting. Due to TV and the media there is a lot of BS out there regarding what being an infantry Marine is really all about. Something that honestly, couldn’t be covered in a top ten list.

    FYI- Water-boarding is sometimes used at SERE school, which all forward deployed or high risk individuals generally attend. Pilots, SEALs, Snipers, Recon, Rangers, SF guys etc. There’s no secrets, it just sucks. Everyone is afraid of drowning. It’s a primordial fear, this is why water-boarding makes lose their sh%t.

    1. Lee Standberry at |

      I think most of us that have served, especially Marines (0341 myself) know exactly what the author is talking about. The list is meant to be lighthearted and fun folks and poke a bit at some of the ridiculous stuff soldiers, sailors and Marines have to deal with. Lord knows he’s on point about being prodded like a lab experiment for 4 years. Good list

    2. CPraison009 at |

      Who are you? I am a PFC Marine Corps, and this is not acurate. Maybe 35% acurate, have you been in? If you haven’t shut your mouth, you aren’t worth a piece of spit, if you would say things and back things up without not knowing a damn bit of even seeing any of this in person yourself.

      1. CPraison009IsApog at |

        PFC Praison, you illiterate boot pog. Reread OPs comments. He clearly states that he served in the infantry. Go whip out your “Knowledge”. You’re clearly not ready for my Corps boot.

        God I hate boot-fck pogs.

        – A Marine who thinks boots should keep their mouths shut until they are spoken to first.

  7. cplpunishment at |

    Marines age in dog years?

    Gen. Gray was 60 when that portrait was made. After 40 yrs of service I’d say he looks pretty damn good.

    1. Eric Yosomono at |

      I had no hand in that graphic. That was the site admin. And yes, a lot of Marines age badly in my experience.

  8. Joe at |

    Sounds like the author has never ever ever ever been in or has known anyones who has ever been in the Marines.

    1. Can't believe what I'm reading at |

      And check out his ramblings on the CARVER Matrix:


      Looks suspect!

  9. ScottB at |

    This is funny! People need to lighten up, it’s not meant to be serious. I only was in for five years, but I am part of the Brotherhood. Thanks for putting this up!

  10. Looks Suspect at |

    You have to read this supposed “Marine’s” take on PTSD:


    Please. Everyone knows Marines don’t get PTSD, right Joe?

  11. RyanLind at |

    I dont understand how you can point any of these as “negatives”. These are all things associated with joining the military in general. To complain about cleaning and maintenance makes me feel like a lazy teenager wrote this.

  12. Jenna at |

    This insulted the hell out of me. Really sounds like you
    got something against the core. The majority
    Of your information is BS.

    1. John Seifert at |

      Your in denial. Raij speaks the truth here.

    2. jason at |

      Corps, Understand not core.

  13. AMarine at |

    Infantry always complaining about something, playing COD in your barracks room is so hard. Besides its always the jerks that post stuff like this. “It’s a joke lighten up” No, it’s not a joke it’s a continuation of your complaining, the thing all the other Marines had to put up with when you were in.

  14. burt1569 at |

    The only two I disagree with is the paperwork and the fitness mostly. If you are POG than physical fitness falls on your shoulders more. As far as infantry you PT every morning and if you cant you are considered a turd and you get negative a counseling because of it.

  15. Thomas at |

    I’m fairly certain this guy is a phony. He wrote an article on gaijinass.com about his time as a Marine scout sniper, with glaring inaccuracies about nomenclature, people he met, among other things. Two comments asked about his class number and date for attendance, he didn’t publish it, just replied with a lengthy post about how “they should spend their time finding SEAL fakers.” I returned later today and found the entire post was deleted. Why not post a class number and date? Why delete an entire post featuring comments that cast doubt? After I tried to verify his information into my computer system (I’m a recruiter) I couldn’t even find a record of him being in the Marine Corps. Suspect indeed….

    1. Yosomono at |

      Wow you couldn’t find an entry for pen name? That proves a lot. You looked up Gaijinass? Really? You actually thought that was a real name … sad.


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