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After almost two years I’ll be shipping to USMC boot camp in January with an infantry contract.

Been a long wait for me due to some DoD policies on non-citizens in the military.

Thanks to everyone here, this site has been a fantastic resource and as the moderators will say, has one of the best search functions around.
 

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Well, this has been a long road and not too positive it’s going to end the way I’d hoped.

After going back and forth with recruiters trying to figure things out for 18x as a prior enlisted guy, they decide to drop this little bit of knowledge saying “We can’t see the jobs available to you until after you actually enlist.”

So now I’m kind of stuck. They also then say, “18x may not be available to you.”

So then I’d be stuck in a contract without the job I wanted? Has anybody else gone through something like this?
 

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“We can’t see the jobs available to you until after you actually enlist.”
Dude you are a Marine...no one knows how to play fuck-fuck games better than the Corps so you should know this by now, but if your ass enlists in the Army with an 'open contract'....well, I may have to scoff at you a bit! LOL
 

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Well, this has been a long road and not too positive it’s going to end the way I’d hoped.

After going back and forth with recruiters trying to figure things out for 18x as a prior enlisted guy, they decide to drop this little bit of knowledge saying “We can’t see the jobs available to you until after you actually enlist.”

So now I’m kind of stuck. They also then say, “18x may not be available to you.”

So then I’d be stuck in a contract without the job I wanted? Has anybody else gone through something like this?
Update?
 

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Hi everyone,

I'm 23 and about to graduate in December 2019 with B.S. in Civil Engineering and on the path to a REP63 contract with the FL ARNG. I've spoken with and met my recruiter to begin the process and got my packet and application done and preparing to take the ASVAB in a month, as well as taking a physical just in case anything pops up i can get it corrected before MEPs. Will be trying out for the contract in July and going to MEPs in mid-August. I made this decision to fully commit to this path a year ago as its been a burning desire I've had for a couple years now. The idea has always been in my mind and was thinking of many different ideas until i had two of my friends (an 18D & a CCT) point me towards either Army SF or Airforce PJ. After doing a lot of research/reading (a friend suggested i read Chosen Soldier and that helped a lot) and spending hours talking with both i decided to commit fully to Army SF as i love their role as teachers to people around the world.

Since 2010 I've been doing weightlifting with the idea of just getting bigger, nothing more, and as a result i heavily neglected cardio as all i heard was "it kills gains bro". However, to achieve my goal I needed to improve my cardio immensely. From football I had explosive bursts of speed, but my aerobic level was terrible - I could sprint a 400m and be just as tired as jogging a mile. 4 years ago in ROTC I took a PT test and failed miserably, i believe only mustered a measly 37 pushups, 40 something situps, and a slow as shit 18:xx 2 mile (first time i ever ran past a mile).

Fast forward a couple years to when i got serious on this route, i started running almost every day (I'd have lapses with shin splints, school, and myself) with the days i didn't i would do bike assaults or long distance biking. It helped, but progress has been slow, my fastest mile is 6:20 which isn't too impressive, and my 2 mile is 14:30 now. I can max my pushups, but it takes a lot of effort to do so, and it takes me the full 2 minutes to reach it. My situps i can max in a 1:30 and feel good afterwards. About a month ago i ran a 5 mile in over 50 minutes, and it felt like the worst thing i ever did, and i did that when i felt really good, not tired/cold/hungry. I've also began rucking at least once every other week, starting last week, with around 35lbs-45lbs for about 5-6 miles, and a LSD run at around 4 miles and going to be adding an extra half mile to that every two weeks. Also have been hardening my shoulders for about a year now by adding weight to my backpack (35lbs) and walking everywhere that i can (walking to school is around 2 miles).

I got a lot to improve and I'm happy to keep doing so. I start and end every day completely obsessed about all this and it gives me purpose to give it 100% and more when i safely can whenever i workout. I've been following a lot of SOF tiered workouts (a couple on instagram that i like are @sofwods & @sof_prep) and have made plans for myself by following them and altering/adding stuff to make it more challenging. Recently picked up "Get Selected!", the Ranger Handbook, and the S.U.S.T. Handbook with the former I'm currently reading and adding the workouts to mine as well as studying the rest of the book thoroughly. The latter two I'm studying to better prepare myself and see what I'd be weak at and to improve it before i ship out. I've also been practicing foreign languages such as Spanish and Farci, with the former I've taken 6 years of classes and Farci being taught to me by my Father.

I appreciate being able to be here and this site has been a tremendous help in filling in the gaps. Also, it really helps writing all this down as it serves as a reminder of how far I've come and how far i still need to go.
 

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So I pretty much told her I wasn’t comfortable with how sketch that sounded. She said something along the lines of “I tell the Prior Service guys to have an open mind because the job they want may not be there and we don’t send people up there to window shop for jobs. We send them up there to enlist at the same time.”

Me, still being un-easy about that said “Ok well, how far out can I push the ship date?” (Mainly because I want to get in the best possible shape for the process that was ahead). She says, “at most 60 days”

So with that said, I told her I’ll contact her by June to let her know but I have also contacted the Air Force in regards to Pararescue or Combat Control.

Regardless, I know that my life is about to be a total 180 by June-July timeframe and a LOT of work ahead of me. I have cut out anything that is not going to push me toward that goal and have distanced myself from people who don’t share that drive for the betterment of themselves. Things may not go your way all the time...but it’s nothing but a speed bump. Can’t let it derail you.
 

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Graduated Corps School, Field Med in a week. First leave feels weird, never noticed how terribly slow civilians are. Can’t wait to get back to a shitty barracks somewhere/anywhere. Running and rucking to pass the time.
 

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Blakman, that sounds not right, unless things have changed in the last 4 years. I had a break in service then went back in the Marines, they were able to tell me what jobs were available based upon on my ASVAB and phules, and available open slots, which I just had to let them know what I wanted. Being Prior Service getting back in is a motherFudger, especially going back AD.
 

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I was set to attend selection for MARSOC in April, but a MARADMIN released yesterday, and it turns out I've been selected to become an OSS (Officer Selection Station) OIC. For the time being and foreseeable future, my plans for MARSOC are on hold for the bigger Marine Corps. I think this will end these plans as I will be too far TIG now upon completion of these orders. I have no flexibility here in regards to this decision, and I am stuck.
 

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I was set to attend selection for MARSOC in April, but a MARADMIN released yesterday, and it turns out I've been selected to become an OSS (Officer Selection Station) OIC. For the time being and foreseeable future, my plans for MARSOC are on hold for the bigger Marine Corps. I think this will end these plans as I will be too far TIG now upon completion of these orders. I have no flexibility here in regards to this decision, and I am stuck.
Basically no wiggle room there unfortunately. It shows you are a high performer and thiswill be a career enhancing assignment but yes the timing may torpedo your SOF aspirations.
 

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I was set to attend selection for MARSOC in April, but a MARADMIN released yesterday, and it turns out I've been selected to become an OSS (Officer Selection Station) OIC. For the time being and foreseeable future, my plans for MARSOC are on hold for the bigger Marine Corps. I think this will end these plans as I will be too far TIG now upon completion of these orders. I have no flexibility here in regards to this decision, and I am stuck.
Does this mean they are making you a recruiter, but for officers? Very sorry your SOF plans might be out the window, but best of success to you in your new adventure.
 

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Does this mean they are making you a recruiter, but for officers? Very sorry your SOF plans might be out the window, but best of success to you in your new adventure.
Correct, I am to become a recruiter for officers. I will travel to colleges in my AO and work with the ones who want to join. Thank you for the good wishes, I am going to need them!

Basically no wiggle room there unfortunately. It shows you are a high performer and thiswill be a career enhancing assignment but yes the timing may torpedo your SOF aspirations.
I am pretty bummed out honestly sir, but in a few days I will wrap my head around this new path and embrace it. I am not done being a Marine yet, so I am going to make the best of this.
 

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Haven’t posted an update since I started the pipeline, but the biggest accomplishment in it thus far happened this Friday when I completed SIT week (I.e. Hell week) for the CCT pipeline. Your body CAN be pushed SOOO much farther than you think it can! Beyond excited to be starting the final steps of now learning how to be a Combat Controller.
 

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Haven’t posted an update since I started the pipeline, but the biggest accomplishment in it thus far happened this Friday when I completed SIT week (I.e. Hell week) for the CCT pipeline. Your body CAN be pushed SOOO much farther than you think it can! Beyond excited to be starting the final steps of now learning how to be a Combat Controller.
Well done! Keep at it.
 

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Haven’t posted an update since I started the pipeline, but the biggest accomplishment in it thus far happened this Friday when I completed SIT week (I.e. Hell week) for the CCT pipeline. Your body CAN be pushed SOOO much farther than you think it can! Beyond excited to be starting the final steps of now learning how to be a Combat Controller.
Congrats, yo still at Lackland?
 
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