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(12-04-2017, 04:40 PM)dotKev Wrote: I'm at 6.5 years right now and commission in Jan 2019. Undecided if I'm going to stay in for a full 20 (college will do that to you). But I'm leaning towards opting in.

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It's honestly a good choice for anyone with a few more re-ups to make. Plus, 40% of an officer salary at 20 years TIS is nothing to sneeze at. 


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(12-04-2017, 05:49 PM)soup Wrote:
(12-04-2017, 04:40 PM)dotKev Wrote: I'm at 6.5 years right now and commission in Jan 2019. Undecided if I'm going to stay in for a full 20 (college will do that to you). But I'm leaning towards opting in.

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It's honestly a good choice for anyone with a few more re-ups to make. Plus, 40% of an officer salary at 20 years TIS is nothing to sneeze at. 
Very valid point. Something I'm definitely considering.

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Rant: I feel like the Marine Corps doesn't give two shits about real leadership anymore. More and more i'm seeing Marines meritoriously promoted because of PFT/CFT scores rather than actual accomplishments. I just had one of my Marines lose a meritorious NCO board, despite having killed at his job, continuously worked at a Sgt billet (as a Lance Corporal), and so on. The kid that won, and the First Sgt said it himself, won because of a higher PFT score. He didn't even deploy with us, and it pisses me off that you can see someone like my junior with a lot of potential kind of get shit on after giving a lot to the unit.
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(12-12-2017, 06:53 AM)TheKillerSpork.2 Wrote: Rant: I feel like the Marine Corps doesn't give two shits about real leadership anymore. More and more i'm seeing Marines meritoriously promoted because of PFT/CFT scores rather than actual accomplishments. I just had one of my Marines lose a meritorious NCO board, despite having killed at his job, continuously worked at a Sgt billet (as a Lance Corporal), and so on. The kid that won, and the First Sgt said it himself, won because of a higher PFT score.  He didn't even deploy with us, and it pisses me off that you can see someone like my junior with a lot of potential kind of get shit on after giving a lot to the unit.

Unfortunately, that's just the reality of the Marine Corps right now. PFT/CFT scores will always matter more than job competency on a meritorious board. I think I lost a meritorious Corporal paper board a few years ago because my PFT score was like 5 points less than the winner's. Oh well. Nature of the beast, I guess.

Kinda why I decided to go officer. Hopefully stay in long enough to change some of the culture. I've seen way too many Corporals and Sergeants who are terrible at their jobs but continued to get promoted because they met the cutting score and had outstanding fitness scores. Meanwhile, a LCpl has to tell them how to do their jobs.
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Sad to say, that's not just the Marine Corps, my org in the federal government is like that too (DoD agency). Promotions are generally rewarded for "well roundedness" and time served, not focused proficiency. And unless you want to work in a managerial billet somewhere random per the needs of the agency, you ain't ever going to make GG-14 or GG-15. 13 is where the promotion track stops for people who want to be specialists only for their whole careers.

You have to remember too that everybody thinks they are good at their job, so the only way for an organization to clearly separate performers on paper is to see what else they are doing in addition to their job. So yeah, that guy who hits all the wickets is going to be rewarded over that guy who isn't, regardless of individual production metrics. Doing your job well is supposed to be a given. The Marine Corps is a generalist organization. Only the Navy and Air Force care about job proficiency.
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Nah, Air Force is also about "The Whole Airman Concept" - same shit here, especially if you want to make E-5 and up.
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(12-16-2017, 10:18 AM)Chomps Wrote: Nah, Air Force is also about "The Whole Airman Concept" - same shit here, especially if you want to make E-5 and up.

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The Marine Corps: hey folks here's a very simple to understand set of requirements you should excel at in order to get promoted.

Marine: *eats papa johns and slams american piss beer every evening whilst playing video games instead of working out* wh-why didnt i get promoted Im so good at my job!! im a leader!!

The Marine Corps: Fuck off fatass, fuckin 20 year old male not able to do more than 6 pullups ass nigguh
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Rant: Came back from a week long vacation at Disney World. Picked up my pup from the Dog Sitter who said he had gotten sick earlier that day and wasn't feeling well. Brought him home, and he looked like shit. Visibly looked like he had lost weight, barely moving around, looked miserable. Go to bed, and i figure i'd wait a day to see if he gets better. Halfway through the night, he starts crying uncontrollably and starts throwing and shaking up so we take him to the Emergency Vet. They run x-rays and ultrasounds and find out he has a shit ton of "foreign object" in his intestines that got caught up and is essentially sawing at him. So he goes into immediate surgery. Luckily surgery went well, and he's recovering fine over the last day. Went and visited him yesterday and poor guy looks better, but still a little miserable. Cost me 5 grand, which I don't mind, I'd pay all the money in the world to keep my dog alive. Just a shitty way to come back from vacation.

Rave: A week at Disney World away from the Marine Corps was nice.

Rave 2: Super nice Hotel we stayed at was empty, they told us "the calm before the storm" for the christmas/new years crowd. Upgraded us to a giant suite for free. One night me and the lady were having drinks in the hotel bar and some old guy started chatting us up, and ended up paying for our entire dinner/drink tab. Pretty Nice.
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(12-26-2017, 04:53 AM)TheKillerSpork.2 Wrote: Rant: Came back from a week long vacation at Disney World. Picked up my pup from the Dog Sitter who said he had gotten sick earlier that day and wasn't feeling well. Brought him home, and he looked like shit. Visibly looked like he had lost weight, barely moving around, looked miserable. Go to bed, and i figure i'd wait a day to see if he gets better. Halfway through the night, he starts crying uncontrollably and starts throwing and shaking up so we take him to the Emergency Vet. They run x-rays and ultrasounds and find out he has a shit ton of "foreign object" in his intestines that got caught up and is essentially sawing at him. So he goes into immediate surgery. Luckily surgery went well, and he's recovering fine over the last day. Went and visited him yesterday and poor guy looks better, but still a little miserable. Cost me 5 grand, which I don't mind, I'd pay all the money in the world to keep my dog alive. Just a shitty way to come back from vacation.

Rave: A week at Disney World away from the Marine Corps was nice.

Rave 2: Super nice Hotel we stayed at was empty, they told us "the calm before the storm" for the christmas/new years crowd. Upgraded us to a giant suite for free. One night me and the lady were having drinks in the hotel bar and some old guy started chatting us up, and ended up paying for our entire dinner/drink tab. Pretty Nice.

Ouch. Been there with the emergency dog surgery. Hope he makes a full recovery.
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That's shitty, Spork. Same as what dotKev stated, hope your dog is doing well and recovers quickly.
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Rave: Dog Update, recovering in the most ideal way as described by the Vet.
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What were the foreign objects ingested?
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(01-02-2018, 11:13 AM)Tikilounge Wrote: What were the foreign objects ingested?

It was some sort of rope with jagged pieces of rubber/plastic. We don't have any type of toys for him like that, and the dogsitters swear they have no idea what it was.
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