MilitaryIamA US Marine Corps Captain. AMA, including those non-PC questions about the Marine Corps or military life in general.
Jun 24th 2016 by USMC_Captain_AM • 43 Questions • 55 Points
My short bio: Hello Reddit! I am an active duty US Marine Corps Captain, here to answer any questions you might have about the Marines, the military, deployment life, etc. I have deployed three times to the Middle East, including two deployments to Afghanistan. I have trained Jordanian soldiers to fight ISIS, served in both the reserve and active duty components, earned a Masters degree in service, and acquired a number of different specialties and qualifications.
Please dont hesitate to ask questions that might not be considered "Politically Correct", as I have no problem answering those. However, my opinions are my own, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of other Marines or the US military as a whole. Having said that, fire away!
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Who the fuck is Jody and why do militaty people hater him/her? I've heard my friends in the military mention them in conversation, but I'm pretty none of them know someone named Jody.
I lol'd at this one. "Jody" is part of a cadence we sing while running, and in the song, he is the guy that is banging your girlfriend when you are away on deployment. So he becomes the catch all for that guy who is hitting on your gf while away.
Why don't you break up with your girlfriends then?
No way she is going to stay loyal when you are away for years.
I had a girlfriend through my first and second deployments (different girls). They deployments didn't break us apart, and I was happy with both of them. People get together and break up for various reasons. But paranoia on a deployment isn't really a good reason, IMHO.
How often are military rifles shot in fully auto or burst mode? I am under the impression that they would prefer to shoot in semi-auto mode for accuracy and saving ammo?
This is a really excelelnt question: For most basic riflemen (carrying the M4 or M16A4), they are shooting in semi auto 99% of the time. Anything more tends to be a waste of ammo. But if you carry the SAW or IAR, you will be firing on burst or auto roughly 90% of the time. And then of course with the M2 .50, or the Mk19, you are firing on full auto, but short bursts (5-10 rounds).
I was not prior enlisted. When I was a junior in college, I decided that I wanted to be a Marine officer. I saw an OSO (Officer Selection Officer) and after passing the tests and screenings, I was enrolled in the Platoon Leaders Course (Combined), and spent 10 weeks at OCS in Quantico during the summer of 2007. After college graduation, I commissioned as a 2ndLt.
How often do soldiers blow their heads off(while actively in the military)? I've heard stories about live ammunition being restricted during training specifically for this reason.
Question number #2: How often does sex take place? Rape? Gay sex? Ever walk in on 2 of your mates diddling each other?
I have never personally encountered a suicide by handgun in my time. But restricting ammunition during live fire is more about accountability than anything else. If a Marine wanted to kill themselves with a gun, they could just as easily buy ammunition at Walmart.
As to the second part, there aren't that many females in the Marine Corps, but the ones that are around are almost always dating another Marine. I have also never encountered two male Marines getting it on. As for rape and sexual assault, it does happen, but MUCH less than is thrown around. It used to be more of a problem, but the military has actually done a great job at counteracting what used to be an epidemic.
idk if it's true these days but in the 80's if you couldn't do 3 pullups when you entered boot camp, they'd put you in a physical conditioning platoon until you met the minimum which used to be nicknamed "pork chop platoon" (physical conditioning platoon). You'd spend at least a week there and perhaps longer until you met the minimums. which was also before you even started boot camp so any time spent there is on top of your 11 weeks.. by the time you completed boot camp i doubt there's anyone not doing substantially more pullups since you'd have spent 11 weeks by then doing countless exercise routines, learning to kip which helps substantially, and also eating only what they served.
99.9% sure that this is still the case. I know that there is still a "fat body" platoon at Boot Camp for those who can only do the minimum, or exceed height/weight standards.
Minor correction, Captain - the Coast Guard is still a branch of the Armed Forces, and still the smallest. They were never DoD; they moved to DHS from the Department of Transportation, and were Department of Treasury before that. They were only under DoD under special declaration, last time being WWII. Their standing as a military service is defined by law and not the department for which they work.
There are five armed (military) services, and seven uniformed services.
And thank you for your service.
I am always hazy on their relationship with the DOD. I know they all under it in a time of war...but forget the rest. Thanks for the clarification!
A code red could be defined a lot more simply as "hazing". If the term "code red" was ever actually in common parlance in the Marine Corps, it must have been before my time. There are plenty of antiquated words in the Corps these days (pogey bait, gedunk, etc) but the only time I have ever heard "code red" is when people are quoting A Few Good Men.
So have I ever ordered anybody be hazed? Not really. I have insisted that some Marines get "EMI" (Extra Military Instruction) when they are repeatedly screwing things up, and they need to be straightened out. But this isn't hazing, as there is an actual point to it (it isn't about just messing someone up as punishment). I have also turned my back when my platoon sergeant has given a "wall-to-wall counseling" to Marines who sorely needed to be straightened out.
Sir (tips non-existent cowboy hat), Former Sergeant here (been out ~3 years now)
What's your MOS? You ever put any thought into being an IO (inspecting officer) for MCESG (Marine Corps Embassy Security Group)? Those guys seem to have a kick ass job.. Lots of paperwork but you get to travel and see a bunch of countries..
Source: I was an MSG (Marine Security Guard).. Had a few cool ass Captains and a few that were.... Not so cool?
I'm a LogO. And I would absolutely LOVE that gig. Unfortunately there are only a few spots for IOs, and EVERYONE wants them. I would kill for one of those positions though. If the chance ever arises, I will be jumping on it for sure!