I was going to join the marines, when I was 18, I didn't.
I still think about it, what spooked me was.
My recruiters were just about the least intelligent individuals I ever met in my life.
I told them, my friend died in Iraq, and this dude was like, "SO YOU WANNA GET SOME REVENGE??!?"
I'm thinking, 'is this rambo part 3?'
I also, saw them verbally manipulating young high school girls from poor neighborhoods, into filling out their quotas, and from what I could see screwing them on the side, they were like groupies. Nothing wrong with that, but if we're talking honor here, I find something a little skewed about that.
I remember girls express fears like "I don't want to die, in Iraq, maybe I should join the Air Force, or whatever it was' the recruiters response was something like 'The airforce doesnt have honor Marines have honor."
I'm not saying this to badmouth the marines, to the contrary, I think highly of them and still have some inkling of joining them however.
The one thing I noticed is that for the recruiters and enlisted ranks, those who carry the most clout and authority are those who have been in for a long time and never progressed to commission...
What does that mean?
You may be taking orders from a guy a lot less intelligent than you, and who is a lot less honorable than you think the Marines should be.
I was 17 once, I'm only 20 now, but I urge you to consider what you are doing.
If you want to live with honor, that is a personal creed one under takes, not something you gain from a Marine Corps Bumper Sticker, a hat, a mug, three months of calisthetics and rifle shooting, and 2 years juggling land mines, in a wrongfully and illegally occupied country, where most people just want to live their lives but have been swamped into a sensless pointless violence. Where you're counter strike playing ass is going to have to drive around streets on senseless "patrols" as if you are a police officer, except you don't speak arabic, and don't have any percieved authority by the people you're dealing with. Just rolling around, waiting to get blown up by an IED.
My brother joined the army and he regrets it now, I'd suggest just, saving up money, if you want to act like a hardass do some hard job or something like roofing and save up some money, lift weights after wards, then go try to make commission, go to school, or do something cool like spec ops.
They fill up young guys without alot of vapid bullshit to fill out their quotas. But what they don't tell you is you have to do alot of dumb bullshit when you're in the marines too. It's not like you get out of basic and put on a bandana and kill a billion people with an m60. You're going to have to do some dumbass mopping, and raking and all that bullshit too. As far as getting a good MOS, every marine is a rifleman first, so it doesn't really matter what job you get, because they are short on soldiers right now, so you're going to be some grunt in a Hummer waiting to get shot up.
I'd seriously consider your motives for doing these things.