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I have a decision to make

Discussion in 'The US Marine Corps Forum' started by nognig, Feb 11, 2006.

  1. nognig


    Apr 16, 2004
    I'm interested in what any Marines (since there is no such thing as an ex-Marine) think of my situation. This issue has really been on my mind.

    I came to the US from Canada a few years ago. I've always wanted to live in the US since I was a teenager. I absolutely love this country. I have a very good paying job and a job I like (on occassion). I'm not married, nor do I have kids.

    I've always been interested in serving in the military. My first choice would be the Marines. I don't want to join to get money for school or a trade. I want to serve for three reasons: the US is a country worth fighting for, it would challange me in an entirely different way and I think my personality would "mesh" with a military lifestyle.

    Here is where things get interesting. If I want to join, I've got to do it this year. I'm getting on in years (I'll be 30 this year), although I'm in good shape (lots of cardio and weights). I can quit my job this year, but if I stick around until next year, I can't quit for a couple years unless I'm willing to pay the company back a substational amount of money (~$30K). So it's a decision I've got to make in the next few months.

    Another thing is that I'm not a US citizen, so I can't be an officer and I would be restricted to infantry and related MOSs (which is fine with me).

    One benefit is that I would be eligable to apply for US citizenship in a year or two, versus my current situation where I would have to wait at least 5 years.

    It would be a major change for me, but I also don't want to look back in 10 years and regret not doing it.


  2. rktman26


    Dec 5, 2005
    It sounds to me like you would be joining the right service for the reasons you gave. I've been a Marine for almost 16 years. I feel it's an honor and a privelege to wear the uniform.
    No direspect to any of the other services- we're all on the same team, fighting the same war. The other services focus their recruiting efforts on education and lifestyle, whereas the Marine Corps "sells" itself just as it is- a fighting organization that will challenge you.
    I was a recruiter years ago, but I don't recall the citizenship requirements for Canadians. I do know that if you're in good physical conditions, they may waive your age if you're over the max.
    Good luck, Semper Fidelis

  3. ZaC851


    Jan 24, 2006
    Correct me if I wrong...but isnt the cutoff age 32?
  4. rktman26


    Dec 5, 2005
    It used to be 31, but again- most everything is waiverable. I don't know what it is now.
  5. bsjones84


    Dec 20, 2005
    Consider reserves if you don't want to quit your job, if it's an option. Best advise I can give you is contact your local recruiter. Go to and look up your local recruiting station and give 'em a call. They'll answer any questions you have. And as far as the age thing goes, as others have said, you can get a waiver. When I went to MEPS there was a guy in his 40s being processed.
  6. laneh2112

    laneh2112 and thats it.

    Dec 21, 2004
    Jonesboro, AR
    Age can be waivered up to 38 i think. not real sure but thats my best guess.
  7. isuzu


    Jul 3, 2005
    North America
    Go for it! We were required to render military service during weekends when I was in the university (as part of the curriculum) and I chose the Philippine Marines. You'll carry the training, experience and discipline all throughout your life.

    Never regretted signing up for the Marines.