21 thoughts on “THE BEST JOB I EVER HAD:”

  1. I have never felt as needed in the civilian world as I did as a Marine EOD tech, no job I will ever find will compare to the satisfaction I felt or the importance of the mission. I have known some good civilian people since I’ve retired but none will ever be considered my brother. I was able to see people at their very worst but was privileged to watch my fellow Marines give everything they had for people they didn’t even know in countries that didn’t even want us there. Where do you find that as a civilian? Best job I ever had.

  2. Being a Marine at 17 was a good decision I made. I got to meet people from all over the USA. The daily physical training was exhausting as a grunt, but that made me strong in body and mind.

    Captain Barns, at Camp Pendleton, was an excellent example of what a man is. He cared about his unit and taught morals by his standards.

    I saw warriors like leadership in every duty station who loved this country and led us to be ready for whatever comes. I feel bad for the men & women in the military of today who are not receiving combat-ready training, love of country, and brotherhood.
    May God bring us back to what made America different from other countries.
    Semper Fi

  3. Know how you feel. Being a Marine was the only thing I wanted to be and the only job I really wanted to do. Dealing with civilians is harder than people think. Most of them have no Honor or Loyalty. They are only in it for themselves. We Marines always looked out for each other. SEMPER FI – DO OR DIE!!!!

  4. Joining the Corps was without question the best choice I’ve made in my life,the lessons learned and life long friendships made can never be equalled.Its been 50 years now and 6 of us remain in constant contact. You don’t see that in the civilian world. Semper Fi my brothers.

  5. No particular job could match the feeling and experience of being a Gunnery Sergeant of Marines. I was promoted to Gunny in 11/75 at Camp Fugi, Japan while assigned as Message Center Chief for BLT 2/9, and later served as Comm Chief BLT 2/9 from February thru April 1976. Then went to Camp Lejeune where I was Comm Center Chief for 3d FSSG, and attended Comm Chief Course in San Diego the spring of 1977. When I returned to CLNC, I was assigned as Comm Chief 8th Eng Serv Bn at French Creek. In the spring of 1978 I received what I thought was the worst possible news ever; I was being evaluated for assignment to recruiters school, of which I wanted no part. However, as a every good Marine NCO does, I followed the Commandants orders and completed school in Aug ’78. I was subsequently assigned to Officer Selection Office, Recruiting Station Hartford Ct. I was there until Nov ’81 and it turned out to be one of the most challenging and rewarding periods of my career. I am personally responsible for the commissioning of about 50-60 Marine 2nd Lts which I hope served The Corps to my expectations. I was promoted to MSgt in Jan ’82 while assigned to the RDJTF/USCentCom until I retired in Jun ’84.

    I particularly remember one occurrence in 1978 while Comm Chief, 8th Engineers. We had a backyard barbecue for the troops at our home in Jacksonville. I overheard one of the guys ask another, “What do we call the Gunny’s wife?” His friend replied, “Well dumbass, Mrs. Gunny of course!!” Semper Fi, Top Pro

  6. Every day a holiday
    Every meal a feast
    Every paycheck a fortune
    Every formation a family reunion
    Every deployment an adventure
    Every duty station a challenge
    Every new skipper a training opportunity
    US Marines: Just one good deal after another!

  7. I agree because this is a TRUE statement – I consider myself blessed by the Almighty God to have given me the opportunity to serve in Our Beloved Corps – I grew up watching everything I could about the Marine Corps – Then later when working as a Correctional Officer in a County Jail – I had the opportunity to work with a Marine Veteran who served in Southeast Asia Vietnam in the 60’s – He was the Booking Officer – Ben Davis was his name – Ben then introduced me to his brother who at the time in 1984 – 85 was on Recruiter Duty in my home town or thereabouts – His name was GySgt Bill Davis – I was working the 3 to 11 shift at the Jail and Ben invited me over to his place for a beer and to talk with Bill about the Marine Corps – I was all ears – I knew there was something BIGGER than me – that would challenge me out there and satisfy me hunger for travel and excitement – In addition to knowing Ben and Bill – I also worked with a Marine Reservist – As I remember he was always MOTIVATED in everything he did – not to mention whistling the Marine Corps Hymn while he was patrolling the Blocks on his watch – Ultimately – I enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1987 – and served and earned 6 HONORABLE discharges – I was sent around the world a couple of times – walked on four (4) Continents – Served in one (1) War – and made it home safely – God Bless America! And I had the same wife throughout my entire tour on Active Duty – and two kids – We’ve been together now for 35 years – She is Definitely “The Chief of Staff” If it wasn’t for the Grace of God – My Wife – and the Marine Corps – I can’t imagine what kind of Man I would have turned out to be. I Love the Marine Corps – Still – I would have served for My Entire Life – But – Marines get old and broke – even so – My Utilities Uniform – Cover – and Boots were ALWAYS at the ready in my wall locker in my garage up until the 30 mark – I retired after 23 years of service – so – I was on the recall rolls for seven (7) years and prayed everyday to be recalled to join My Brothers in Battle once again – Finally – I found out that my Grandfather was a Marine in 1918 during WW1 – He was in Germany in the Argonne Woods – I wonder id he was there when the Germans names the Marines “TOOFLE HUNDEN” ??? Found on line at Ancestry .com – Grandpa came out in me two generations later “THE BEST JOB I EVER HAD “

    1. My closest friend, a Marine that served on Guadalcanal, who is 96 and still runs up stairs, God Bless you and the Marine Corps.
      Semper Fi, Marine Capt Thomas Howe, 1965 to 1971

  8. June 20, 1968, best day of my life, when I swore an oath to Protect and Defend the Constitution of the United States by Joining the Marine Corps. Every day was an accomplishment, an adventure and the best days of my life bar none. The Corps provided everything a person could ever want. True friendship and great duty assignments, challenges that made you stride to do your very best, not only to test your individual abilities but to accomplish the mission , and to bring credit to our Corps. Everything that I learned as a Mrine I took to the civilian world once I made the big mistake of my life by discharging from the Marine Corps. I will always be grateful for the DI’s , NCO’s, and Officers that helped mold me iI shall always be Faithful to the Corps and for what it stands for. SEMPER FI fellow Marines past, present and future.

  9. Never regretted a day!! Best decision I ever made…
    Improvise…Adapt….Overcome
    Semper Fi

  10. Best job I ever had? Senior Drill Instructor, hands down. Responsible for not only turning 60 to 80 civilians into basically trained Marines but also grooming and polishing your Junior Drill Instructors to hopefully become Senior Drill Instructors themselves one day.
    There is absolutely no greater feeling in the world than on graduation day when your Company 1stSgt gives the command “Senior Drill Instructors, Dismiss your platoons”. Salute, about face, scan your platoon getting one last look at the faces of the young civilians from three months ago who are now Marines, and in your heart you know that you were responsible for 95% of this great transformation.
    In sequence from left to right you hear “Platoon 2*** Dismissed” until it’s your turn. You scream those hallowed words, recruits reply “Aye Aye Sir” take one step back, and about face. You return sword, about face and walk off the parade deck.
    Active duty 1975 to 1995.
    Drill Instructor, Senior Drill Instructor, Bn. Drill Master, 2nd Bn MCRD San Diego 1984 to 1987.

    MSgt USMC Ret.

    1. Great post, Top!!! Sent chills up my spine just to hear you talk about it. I was never fortunate enough to have been a Drill Instructor as I was assigned to recruiting duty for my independent tour. As I wrote earlier, it was the most challenging and rewarding part of my career. I really feel sorry for those guys who went through their careers without ever experiencing an independent tour of duty. Hang in there, Brother, & Semper Fi!!! Top Pro

  11. Being a Marine was only second to being an EOD Marine the best job I ever had and the best people overall I ever worked with in my life. Miss the people so much but hardly miss the BS at all.

    20 October 1965 – 1 December 1991

    Captain W. L. Jackson

    1. Hey Skipper – Did you really experience some Bull Hockey while on active duty? I always thought that was the purpose for us being out there. Had a friend who switched from comm to EOD in 1968. Ran into him in RVN in ’69 and asked if he could help me get some M79 flechette rounds for my bloopers. A couple days later a 6X6 rolls up with two pallets full. Great guy, I would take a bullet for him anyday! Semper Fi!!! Top Pro

    2. What did you do as an EOD? That 1371 combat Eng didn’t do. I don’t ever remember seeing an EOD in the field. We didn’t have them in our Bn. in the rear either, I really don’t know where they were. Maybe I don’t know what an EOD is. Just wondering.

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