Active Duty vs. Reserves + Coping with Disappointment
April 21, 2012 1:44 PM Subscribe
US Marine Corps: Active Duty vs. Reserves: My partner wants to be an active duty Marine but his only option may be to join the reserves. Mefites, what is your expierence with active duty vs. reserves, and how can I help him cope with his disapointment?
posted by anonymous to grab bag (8 answers total)
My partner is an applicant for the US Marine Corps. This has always been a dream of his and he has spent that last six years working to meet their eligibility requirements (GED +15 college credits). He is at the end of the eligible age for enlistment and the Gunnery Sergeant at his RSS pulled him aside last week and told him that if he was willing to join the reserves they would have no problem getting him to boot camp before he ages out. He’s a) disappointed that active duty might not be in his future but is b) willing to do anything to be a Marine.
1) Mefites: what has been your experience in regards to active duty vs. reserve in the Marine Corps?
2) How do you help your partner deal with tremendous disappointment? I want to help him explore all his options, but I don’t want to belittle his feelings of disappointment and I also want him to feel good about all the work he’s done to even be able to be an applicant.
Please do not direct me to any Marine Corps websites, discussion boards or support groups. I have spent the last week scouring them for relevant information, and I have spent many more months on those particular sites doing research for myself.
I want to hear from you guys.
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