Howdy all! I thought I'd post this in here, because you gentlemen could probably answer best... I'm a finn, with one year of military service (military police 2nd lieutenant) and three years of LE. I have been interested in a military career for about as long as I can remember, but I don't see anything interesting in the finnish military. That's because the closest a finnish soldier can get to actual combat is peacekeeping missions for the UN. And I am interested in really doing something, something I can someday tell my grandchildren about. Not just training recruits or making plans. I'd love to be able look back someday and feel proud I served on the front line of the War on Terror. I have been interested in the United States Marine Corps for quite some time. Enlisting would be a long and difficult process with all the US citizenship applications and all. I know all this. What I am wondering about is what the actual service is like? How does the Marine Corps spend a usual day on base? I love firearms training, marches, CC, outdoorlife, but I have some reservations about the on base aspect of military life - I hate inspections, drills, petty discipline and bureacracy. And what are the chances of being deployed into actual war zone? At what point of enlistment could it happen? I understand basic training is about 13 weeks at Parris Island, but what happens after that? I am most interested in the infantry MOS's. Do you get to choose your own MOS, or can you be dumped into some MOS because someone in HQ thought you'd fit right in? Finally, I am quite happy with my current life, and would not want to leave it just to stand guard at the US embassy in the middle of nowhere.