I always wanted to go Scout Snipers. Well, at least until I saw the Marines running the indoc at K-Bay. The misery on their faces was enough to make me happy enough to ride out the rest of my contract as I was.
I was a big fan of the 2005 film Jarhead before I enlisted, where we see Anthony Swofford become a Scout Sniper and hate his life. For whatever reason, I thought that looked like a great idea (really missing the point of that film), so my initial intent upon enlisting was to go 0317 when I got the chance. When I finally got the chance after my first deployment to Iraq, I noped the fuck out after watching some friends and other Marines kill their bodies over the course of 3 days as they practically did laps around the entire island of Oahu.
I don’t need that stress in my life.
The Marine Corps gives me enough stress as it is.
Why make it worse?
Ultimately my buddies ended up dropping out of the indoc and coming back to the platoon as Assaultmen. They regretted everything.
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