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So I was in the USMC for four years as a grunt, it was hell of a ride. I got stationed in Hawaii (loved it) did two different over sea deployments (okinawa, japan, hong kong, phillipines twice). The deployments were both awesome and very lonesome for a young man. I chose grunts because I wanted to feel like I was in the Marines and not supporting them. I didn't want to be admin, supply, motor T. All I can say I was glad I did it and but wished it was only three year terms instead of four. If you are single its a lot easier than be married and being away from your family puts a strain on your SO. You really should want to do this and then you will enjoy otherwise don't put yourself in that position.
Based on what you were saying about the pharmacy this trade is likely what you're looking for, it's officer and it's in demand right now so that's good. http://www.forces.ca/en/job/pharmacyofficer-48
Okay so I got a question and it's a bit odd well I think it is.Is there any thing I should bring with me that's not on the list of items your supposed to bring for basic and is there anything I should absolutely not bring with me. Any thing that I might find very handy or useful that your experience has taught you when you went through it.
@Maligner Woodforest doesn't exist in Canada.
Quote from: Arctorius on June 26, 2012, 06:31:16 PM@Maligner Woodforest doesn't exist in Canada.But Wal-Mart does? If so, they probably have an agreement with a bank too.
To answer the question about what to bring, just bring what your recruiter says. You will buy all necessary toiletries that you don't bring during your processing. Other than that, there is precious little that you are allowed to use that you can't buy at the PX when you are given the opportunity. For the most part, you won't have a need for anything else initially. What you should think about is getting your affairs at home taken care of. I arranged a power of attorney for my parents to take care of any financial or legal matters while I was gone. I could wire money home and they could get in and out of my bank account. I did this because of my reserve status. Folks that go full time open bank accounts local to the base they are in.A note about banks: here in the States, Woodforest Bank can be found in Wal-Mart. I am not particularly fond of Wal-Mart and not all Wal-Marts have a Woodforest Bank, but it is an excellent bank for someone that travels as there is a very good chance that wherever you go in the States, you will find a bank nearby without changing banks. There are other banks that have nationwide branches, such as Bank of America but I encourage you to check around. These kind of issues are more important than what you pack in your bag. For the most part, if you don't think you need it, don't pack it!
OH and if you do decide to join the military, for the love of god don't get a provincial phone plan. I had to eat $400 in cancellation fees when I left Sasktel.
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