I was a Navy wife for 30 years. The Marines are a branch of the Navy. Your family is COMPLETELY incorrect if they think that a military life means "how the military doesn't care if one of their men get hurt, how they don't take care of their men or don't care about them at all, how I'll...
Best answer: I was a Navy wife for 30 years. The Marines are a branch of the Navy. Your family is COMPLETELY incorrect if they think that a military life means "how the military doesn't care if one of their men get hurt, how they don't take care of their men or don't care about them at all, how I'll probably get hurt or die, how the pay is miserable, how I'll regret it, etc)". Only people who have never been exposed to military life think that way.
I suppose you could get hurt or die in the military, but you could also get hurt and die if you were struck by a car on the street; and neither is likely to happen. The troops that have been stationed in Afganistan and Iraq have been mostly Army - not Marines. There is a VAST difference between the Army branch of service and the Marine branch of service. The Army will take almost anybody; the Marines WON'T! We are not engaged in a war in which a Marine is likely to ever be in front-line combat any time soon.
If you go in with the intention of making the Marines your career, then after you finish your basic training, you'll be assigned to a permanent duty station, where you'll work 7 to 4 (with an hour off for lunch), five days a week; with the weekends off - just like any other job. PLUS you'll have 30 days of vacation time every year, along with the usual national holidays.
No matter what the reason, all your doctor and hospital bills and dental bills are 100% paid by the military, for as long as you remain on active duty. If you marry after you join the Marines, the Marines will pay all the medical expenses for your wife and children. Additionally, the Marines will pay 100% of the cost of moving you, your family, and your household goods to a new duty station - no matter where in the world it might happen to be.
The pay is NOT miserable. Someone who is just going into the military will receive a rate of pay that is comparable to the starting salary in just about every civilian line of work. The higher you go in rank, the higher your rate of pay will be.
The millitary is just about the same as any other job except that, on special occasions, you'll be required to wear a "dress" uniform. The rest of the time when you're on duty, you'll wear what might be called "work" clothes or a "work" uniform, which you'll shuck as soon as you get home.
You might want to point out some of these things to your family. They obviously have no idea of what they're objecting to. I believe you'll enjoy military life, if you want to make that your career. You'll never have to worry about getting "laid off" or your place of employment closing.
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