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Administrative Chief

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Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Camp Pendleton, CA (US)
Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Camp Pendleton, CA (US)

I worked at US Marine Corps full-time (more than 5 years)

Pros

you will learn respect and honor and receive respect and honor when you are finished. You will receive benefits from the army post serving like they'll pay for some of your college, sometimes they will set you up for a job, health care and all that.

Cons

you could be killed, you could be taken hostage, putting your family through the stress of hoping you'll survive, dealing with post-traumatic stress, seeing your friends die, not being near the ones you love.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Talk to your family about it, talk to recruiters but ultimately it's your life so you have to be the one to choose. Good luck

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    You get out what you put in.

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    Current Employee - Intelligence Analyst in Okinawa (Japan)
    Current Employee - Intelligence Analyst in Okinawa (Japan)

    I have been working at US Marine Corps full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits.
    Powerful springboard for those starting out.
    Pride for the rest of your life.
    The GI Bill.

    Cons

    Unable to choose place of service, or even your particular position.
    Low pay.
    Quality of life is HIGHLY dependent upon immediate superiors.
    Expect your family to suffer from Deployments (less so now), Training Exercises, and a generally unpredictable work schedule.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Superior leadership training at the lower levels was a surprising deficiency to find in the Marine Corps. Simply giving someone a book and having them take a test on leadership is insufficient compared to actual mentorship (which is a program, but is underutilized) which can teach lessons such as "praise in public, reprimand in private". Public humiliation is a common leadership reprimand tactic in the Marine Corps, and does no good for the individual or the organization.

    Continue, however, to enforce standards. The recent drive to do so can only benefit the Corps. Fight the drive to lower standards to help women gain access to the infantry with every ounce of bone and blood in your body.

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    Hard work, well worth the effort

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    Former Employee - Aviation Electronics Technician in M C B H Kaneohe Bay, HI (US)
    Former Employee - Aviation Electronics Technician in M C B H Kaneohe Bay, HI (US)

    I worked at US Marine Corps full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Honor, Courage and Commitment; lived by these rules every day; Very structured, tight group of friends; Any decent NCO's and Staff NCO's will push you to get promoted and help ensure you have success in the Corps, that said they will NOT coddle you.

    Cons

    When some decisions didn't jive, really couldn't question the validity of said decisions; Sometimes tough to get vacation time in order; Sometimes you could get a jerk on a power trip one rank higher than you...just have to work past it; Also "voluntold" opportunities are usually unpleasant.

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