It's been 2 years since the terrible tragedy in Afghanistan that ended in the loss of lives of several military service members. The bombing at the Kabul airport is a day that will not be forgotten. As a mom of a fairly new Marine at the time, it was very difficult for me to hear about, I can't imagine the fear that others were going through waiting on word from their loved ones there. Shortly after, 13 heroes returned home in flag draped caskets for families and friends to say their heartfelt goodbyes. Now these men and women stand guard at the gates of heaven while their fellow brothers and sisters in arms guard us on earth. Thank you for your ultimate sacrifice and our freedoms Heroes, may you continue to RIP.
Happy Birthday Marine Corps! This year marks the 247th birthday of the United States Marine Corps. Check out the video message from the Commandant and Sergeant Major.
Written by Marine MoM Kristin Franciscon
Going to be a little blunt, but...Suck it up, Buttercup!
-Boot camp is not summer camp
-your recruit/Marine has chosen this, you may not like it
-Never call DI's or Command
-the Marine way of life is different, you may not like it
-your child is now grown, let them grow up and be their support
-your recruit/Marine now belongs to the Corps-not you
-leave, 96's, trips home are NOT guaranteed
-Semper Gumby is real
-always buy refundable tickets, reservations
-they suck it up, so you need to too
-going out in the field is not glamping
-they train with live ammo
-they are trained to kill
-they are training for war
-they may get hurt during training or combat, maybe seriously
-they train to be lean, mean, fighting warriors
-they are training to save their life and their brothers/sisters lives
-if you cannot get thru boot camp, you will not survive a combat deployment (and that is when we all need each other)
-you have been drafted into the greatest role ever, MoM of a Marine, be worthy of it
OOHRAH!! Semper Fi!
He was one step ahead of me, having already met with a recruiter to check it out before he told me about his plan to join. He had checked out the different MOS options he was interested in and we scheduled an appointment to speak to the recruiter to go over the next steps. Staff Sgt Alexander made a visit to our house, was a great help in answering my questions and even spoke about some of her experiences in boot camp and her journey as a Marine. It was nice to get a female point of view of the Corps. I signed the consent form hoping I wasn't going to regret it later. Due to him only being 17 at the time, I had to sign the consent for him to enlist. Next he was scheduled his visit to the local MEPS (Military Entrance Processing Station) office to start the process. He went through all the medical checks, took the ASVAB test to chose his top 3 MOS according to his scores and did his initial swear in.