By Spartacus714 6 Comments
Hey GB community,
Long time fan of the site, been around since its inception. No, literally, I put the idea for this site in Jeff's brain while he was dreaming.
Anyway, I'm a young male on my way to earning the title of United States Marine. Many people have the misconception that stepping into a recruiter's office automatically signs you up for the Armed Forces. The truth, for better or worse, is that with the state of budget cuts to the military in America (yeah, even the military is getting downsized, Military Industrial Complex be damned) that it is a fucking mission and a half to try and get into the military now. While going through the process (which is a completely disorganized nightmare), I filmed some clips chronicling the journey of trying to sign up.
This was both self serving (as something I can look back on, and something to learn some Premiere skills with), but even more than that, I hope to be able to be looked at as a resource to be able to help any fellow young men and women who may be trying to get into the Armed Forces in America, or for people who may be considering the military as a strong option in their future.
Not trying to youtube spam here, or simply rack up the views, but rather expose this, as in the two months since I've had this video up I haven't gotten many views at all from it. If I can help out someone through question and answers, or simply through the videos themselves showing what it's actually like to go through this, I think it would be great to help out other people at a crossroads in their life.
A lot has changed since I filmed this...I've sworn in, been given a ship date and a MOS, and even more interesting than those things, I've been put up (after being meritoriously suggested to by a Captain) for the NROTC scholarship ($180,000 for college and 4 years as an officer following, starting at 2nd Lieutenant). I'm in a sort of Rocky underdog-training montage push now as I attempt to get this scholarship, and I will certainly write about this as well, as I think it's another facet of the Armed Forces that a fortunate few are able to pursue.
So follow me if you're interested for future updates, or subscribe to my channel, and I'm gonna keep pushing these out as interesting information pops up. If anyone has any questions, or knows anyone who might have questions, please feel free to ask away, and I'll do my best to answer with my limited knowledge. Though I may not know everything about the inner workings of this process, I do have the unique position of going through it as anyone who will be interested will have to. Or, simply watch it for the exposure for the info on what this is like, and what the military people you know have gone through/are going through.
Giantbomb may not be the right forum for this, but if I can reach someone in this great community that I can help, it would be awesome to give back to a site and a community that has given me some great belly laughs and hours of dinner-time entertainment.