I went into the Marine Corps at 17 and still had so much growing up to do. I lasted two months in bootcamp till up and decided to quit. I really hated me self for it for a long time. Looking back it though I wasn't really cut out for it.. at least at the time. I would say 90% of the population isn't.. even half of the people that stay in hate it. I was really nerdy in high school and wanted to pove myself so I took that route. I wasn't manuplating my right skillset. Four years later I have a software engineering degree and I am in great shape and make good money. If I had the opportunity I would definitley go back and serve my country because I feel like I betrayed my country by bailing. I know I would be comftorably suited for the Marine Corps at this point in my life at 22. Unfortunely they don't want me back and I don't blame them they spent a lot of money on my training and I up and left when it got too hard. I don't know if I'd consider telling any future girlfriends this.
I've told a couple marines this and they completley understood and respected me for telling the truth. I hung out with a couple marines in college. None of them seemed to care at all.
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Yeah a lot of people join for the wrong reasons. The majority of drop outs I've learned are from the people that watched a lot of movies about elite forces and just wanted to be able to say they were part of special forces then life slapped them in the face at the first week at basic.
I don't think it necessarily makes you a loser but if you made it two months through boot you only had like one more and SOI and you could have gone for a mos like recruiter or some desk job and stay away from heavy combat. Military experience does look really good on any resume.0