The Few The Marines Research Paper

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Tom Gilmore EngWr 300 Professor Hawley 4 March 2012 Journey of The Few, The Proud, The Marines The United States is in a constant state of security from threats, and the world is only getting more and more hostile towards us. America needs to know that there is a blanket of security being provided for them at all times. America needs to know that the United States Marine Corps is that blanket of security. The United States Marine Corps (USMC) is branch of the U.S. armed services (part of the US Navy), founded in 1775 and trained to operate on land and at sea. Men and women from all over the world try their abilities of strength and courage to see what it takes to be a true Marine. Every day they are willing to risk their lives…show more content…
You generally want to be in good physical condition because in the corps you have to take a physical fitness test every six months. In order to enlist you have to meet the minimum requirement of doing 5 pull-ups, 60 crunches and run 1.5 miles in 11 minutes (USMC). The better shape you are in before enlisting the easier boot camp will be for you, but if you aren't in shape it will be "hell". Without doubt, Marine boot camp is more challenging both physically and mentally than the basic training programs of any of the other military services. Not only because the physical requirements are much higher, but the recruits are also required to learn and memorize a startling amount of information. My friend Anthony Kim, enlisted a few months after graduating High School. He met a little over the physical requirement needed and wasn't in the greatest shape when he went off to boot camp. He said to me that boot camp was pretty difficult for him. The physical and mental stress of being away from his family and friends was too much he said. He missed the life he had back at home. When deciding you have to take in consideration that you are going to leave your current life behind and live a completely different life for the next 4-5…show more content…
I have had the opportunity to meet with a local recruiter Sergeant. Grove and ask him some questions about the steps that are required to become a Marine. Candidates have to take a test called the ASVAB which stands for The Armed Forces Vocational Aptitude Battery (Sgt. Grove). This test is also offered when you are in high school. The ASVAB is an entrance test to enlist in the US Military. The purpose of this test is to determine if you have the mental aptitude to enlist in the military branch of your choice, and second, the results help the services determine which military job you would fit well in (Sgt. Grove). The requirements needs to become a Marine are you must be at least 17 years or older, have proof of legal residency, take a physical examination, have a high school diploma, attended training at Parris Island or San Diego, and last but not least attend a marine combat training + military occupational specialty school (USMC). Meeting with a recruiter is a vital part of learning and understanding if the Marine Corps is the right choice for the individual. Recruiters answer all of the questions you may have or what to expect. Also a recruiter can help find your Military Occupational Specialty (MOS), which is what each job is called in this branch. The Marine Corps offers a wide variety of jobs from infantry, to photography, and to truck drivers. You name it and they will most likely have

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