In today's world of instant gratification many seem to think that they are entitled to all. The decision to become a Marine Corps officer is one that life should make for you and you should not strive to become one just because you want to be one.
👉A four year college degree simply means you are academically eligible to try to become an officer and it does not mean you are cut out to be an officer. Not everyone is a leader and not everyone can become one. Our personality dictates who we are and not our levels of education. Honesty about oneself is the key here.
👉Whether you are leading your Marines into battle or are in charge of your work office, a Marine Corps officer has a responsibility that not all of us can handle or want to handle. It is important that you clearly understand that the role of an officer is 100 percent different than that of an enlisted Marine. Do not make the mistake of thinking that when you enlist, you have the option of becoming an officer or enlisted. It is important you figure out where you naturally fit into and to not force yourself into a position you have no business being in.
👉Officer qualities:Open minded, well organized, self-disciplined, self-motivated, confident, stern, quick thinkers, responsible, honest, loyal, professional, and understanding. These are just a few of the traits an officer must possess. An officer will earn the respect of his Marines by setting the example. Leadership by example is essential to an officer's success and it is you who must earn it.
👉Examine who you are: And make your decision only after you have been completely honest with yourself. Never assume that a college degree equals leadership abilities and never assume that you are so flexible that you can become both enlisted and officer. There are reasons the majority of people become enlisted which is why it is rare that someone can do both with great effect. The facts of life are that if you fit into one role, then you most likely will not fit into the other. This same concept applies to life. Not everyone can just apply to a job and expect to be the one in charge. Those who lead and assume the most responsibility are those who are clearly separated from the masses because of natural talent in most cases. Self-evaluation is the key to determining where you best fit into.
👉A college degree is a powerful weapon in life: But on the battlefield being book smart can get Marines killed. And in the office it can lead to micro management and just overall bad leadership skills that will have your unit with mixed thoughts about their leader. “All brains and no common sense equals no concept of reality.” Officers are not better than enlisted, they simply have a very difficult mission which is nothing like the mission of the enlisted Marine. If you want to be an officer because you get paid more or do not work as hard physically, or live in better quarters, then I suggest to you to seek employment elsewhere.
👉If you have the idea of enlisting first to become an officer, then stop and think about everything that must happen for this to come true:
❶You must enlist into the Marines
❷You must pass boot camp
❸You must get into an acceptable college
❹You must earn your four year degree
❺You must get accepted into one of the programs to become an officer
❻You must pass this program
👉Keep in mind that shit happens in life. You can deploy and this will delay your college. The USMC may tighten their rules and you may not be allowed to try to become an officer. You may not like the USMC. You may start a family and not want to live this life. Deaths in the family can cause you to change. Who knows. Just make sure you are looking at this with an open mind.
👉Officers are people just like you and I and just like enlisted Marines. Some will be more fair than others. So don’t expect to have the perfect officer in charge of you all the time and if you become one, don’t expect everyone to greet you with open arms. You go through several officers in your enlistment as a Marine. Officers are rotated in and out of units. Like any work place there will be some good ones and some bad ones. And being a brand new boot officer is just like being a brand new boot enlisted Marine. You have to learn the ropes from those who have experience.
📌I’ll leave you with this: If you are undecided about which path to take, then you’re probably better suited for the enlisted path.
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