Branch: U.S. Marines (Reserve),
Infantry Rifleman (0311)
Age Joined: 28
Years Served: 2.5
What made you want to serve our country?
I’ve always wanted to serve, and I wanted to do it before it was too late. I work as a Deputy Sheriff, and with the SWAT team I serve on there are many Marines. I’ve always looked up to them.
What advice would you give someone looking to go into the military?
Consider all your options in each branch and military occupations.
What is your favorite quote?
“A ship is safest in the harbor, but that’s not what ships are built for.”
Did you make any close friendships while in the service? Did you continue any of those relationships?
I’ve made many close friends, and since I’m still in, we still talk.
What was the best and worst ‘military’ food you were served, and why?
Worst is any meat patty MRE, best was the warriors breakfast after graduating from Parris Island.
Tell us a funny story you experienced that could only happen in the military.
Watching a man try to tape the skin back on the heel of his foot after a 15 mile ruck. That for some reason was pretty funny.
How does your military experience affect your life today?
One thing the USMC teaches without fail is discipline, and it’s useful in every aspect of life. It’s helped me more than anything else I’ve learned.
Were you awarded any medals or citations? How did you get them?
I was awarded a meritorious promotion to NCO. I’ve also received a meritorious mast.
Why did you pick the service branch you joined?
The Marine Corps is rich in history, tradition, and pride. That’s what makes us different.
Do you recall your first days in service?
Yes, but barely. It’s hard to remember much of anything from Parris Island. It’s a blur!
Was there something special you did for “good luck”?
Did you work or go back to school?
I had already obtained a Master’s degree before enlisting, so no plans on going back to school!