(Closed) What to expect

posted 8 years ago in Military
Post # 3
429 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2008

I’m sure someone else will chime in later with more specific Marine info (all my info comes from experience with USCG/USAF training), but typically there is boot camp (IIRC, USMC is 12 weeks), where you will not be able to see him or call very often at all. After he graduates from that, there’s often additional training, where there will be more freedom… unmarried servicemen/women have to stay in the dorms, but probably married ones will be able to be with their spouses. Honestly, a lot depends on what job he’ll be going into, how much training it will require, etc. The Air Force, in my experience/opinion, has the most options for training that transfers well into non-military life, but they have to spend longer in school and have “homework” (Career Development Courses) that they keep working on even when they’re just working.

I hope a Marine expert comes in here soon with advice, but I didn’t want to leave you hanging for an answer. Hope this helps!

Post # 4
14186 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

What do you mean by “gone?” There are training camps, specialty schools, and deployments, all of which could vary from a couple weeks to 6+ months. You probably won’t get to see him much if he’s just starting–the first year will be spotty, then the deployment if/when he gets sent.

Has he talked to a recruiter yet or anybody in the military? Has he considered any other branches based on any education he may have?

Post # 5
7779 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

My experience is with the USAF as well.

Well, guaranteed he’ll be gone for 12 weeks for BMT. You get little to no contact with him except through letters. Then it depends on the field he goes into. He will have to go through tech school, which you can more than likely go with him. After that, it depends on what happends. He will get deployed, which for Marines is usually 12-13 months at a time, I believe. If he has to go do training exercises, missions, etc. For the first bit, you wont see him very much. He will be really busy.

I know that Fiance is an EOD tech(bomb squad). His tech school is 9 months long and because of how demanding the school is, they do not recommend bringing spouses or anything of that nature with you. I have seen him a total of 3-4 weeks since he left a year ago.

Like I said, it depends.

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