After completing my time in the service, I had no idea what I was supposed to do next. Marines have it easy. While in the Marine Corps, we don’t have to worry about anything. We don’t have to worry about food, where we are going to sleep, or what we are going to do. The Marine Corps is a great activity planner. As a First Sergeant of ours used to say, “I can’t believe I get paid for this shit!” or “All this and a paycheck!”
A typical day in the Marine infantry, while not in the field, begins at 0530 hours with some PT (Physical Training). The rest of your day consists of morning chow, training, noon chow, more training, evening chow, and hopefully being released for the night. If training out in the field then you may be out in the field training for 2-6 weeks at a time. Even still, the Marine Corps gives you chow, water, a nice sleeping bag, a sleeping mat and your paycheck still arrives on the first of the month.
If your unit is lucky, the Marine Corps plans “field trips” to exotic places for an opportunity to either train some more, do some sight-seeing, or use your training in real world missions. I was lucky to have been with 2nd F.A.S.T. Company and we were selected for “field trips” to Bahrain, Djibouti, Kuwait, Qatar, and Iraq. Similar to training at our home base, the Marine Corps planned our activities, food, place to sleep, and our paycheck was still ready on the first.
Once I got out of the Marines, I realized that I was solely responsible for planning my own activities. More importantly, I was solely responsible for finding the source of my paycheck so that I can buy some chow and get a place to sleep. In that sense, the military did spoil us.