The Future Jarheads website was created for Marine Corps prospects by a Marine Corps veteran. My mission here is to offer each of you valuable insight into what you are asking to do or may one day want to do.
Over the years I have noticed that many of you who wish to enlist and many who have enlisted and are awaiting to ship out to boot camp are simply not bothering to look at the entire picture for one reason or another. Many of you get so fixated on just enlisting that this causes you to accept things you do not care for and it causes you to not plan for your future once you exit the Marine Corps. These two points are the core of what Future Jarheads is all about. Future Jarheads strongly recommends that you do not visit with a recruiter until you have read, understand and accept what is written here.
It is important to point out three very important things before you begin to read through the core of this website and you should keep these three things in mind as you read through through each page. 1) Each Marine's experience will vary since we are all different and the type of unit you serve in may also play a huge role in how your Marine Corps adventure goes. Do not assume that how it went for one Marine will be how it goes for you. 2) As a civilian, it is very easy to create these wonderful masterful plans of everything you will accomplish while in the Marines. It is very easy to assume you will be able to do this while also doing that, but unfortunately when it comes to the Marine Corps things will rarely go as planned and shit seems to happen often. There are so many variables and unforeseen events that come into play when dealing with the Corps which is why it is best to serve some time first to better understand what is possible and what is not. Do not try to figure out the Corps from the outside because this is an impossible task. 3) Many USMC rules and regulations are subject to change and many rules and regulations are not as simple as 1 + 1 = 2 which is why some of your questions and concerns should only be discussed with an active recruiter. Most of the information and advice found here is to be used as a guide and it is not to be interpreted as being official Marine Corps policy.
Some of the information here may apply to you or it may not. It is up to you to read it and to take from it what you can. Much of the advice offered here applies not only to the military, but to life as well. It is in your best interest to absorb my views since I am confident that they will put you one step ahead of your peers. There is plenty of information out there that misleads you and I have tried to clear through all the bullshit that confuses many of you. I have simplified this information and I have answered most of your frequently asked questions somewhere in this site. Plus I often repeat myself throughout this site in hopes of drilling those crucial points into your head.
To those who wish to one day serve in the Marine Corps, I offer you your first challenge. Believe and trust in yourself and in your abilities. If in school, then enjoy this time and explore all that life has to offer. Continue to grow and to mature so when the time comes for you to shine, you will be much better prepared. Never be in a rush to grow up, and never be afraid to be who you truly are. Allow for no one to keep you from reaching your destiny and do not do anything to yourself that may keep you from serving. I will not wish you luck because no luck is needed. It takes plenty of heart to complete an entire enlistment and you must take the first step. You do not want to wake up ten years from now asking yourself, "what if". Fuck that, you don't need that. Don't force yourself into any place in which you do not belong, and do not fear the unknown. Enlisting is not an easy thing to do, so always remember that many others are feeling the exact same way you may be feeling.
Whether your destiny brings you into the Marine Corps or into one of the other outstanding branches, you will have solidified your place in our nation's history. Officer or enlisted, grunt or mechanic, male or female, green or dark green, the flag we defend and have defended for many years now needs you in order to guarantee she remain standing proud and tall. The decision is yours.
Remember, I am not here to get you to enlist or to keep anyone from enlisting. I am simply here to tell you about the realities of what you are asking to be a part of. Good or bad, the truth is found on this site and will only benefit you. This website is the ultimate tool to better prepare your mental state and this can only occur if you read, understand, and most importantly, accept what you read here. This site tells it like it is and is not worried about who may be offended. Most Marines and the Marine Corps itself often refuse to mention many key things to potential recruits which will mislead them and this is why this website was created.