Be successful in the reserves (Marines)

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This article will discuss How To be successful in the Marine Corps Reserve. While in the Marine Reserve, you are able to continue with your normal work, education and family life. Your obligation to the Marine Reserves is to be ready to support the Marine Corps in combat, humanitarian efforts and national emergencies when called.

If you've recently graduated from high school, and are 18 years of age or older, you can enlist in the Marine Reserves. You must pass the twelve weeks of Marine Corps Recruit Training, and also pass Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) training, which is the same training active duty Marines complete. Once you've performed these steps, you are a Marine Reservist.

To achieve success, you must be able to balance your civilian commitments with your Marine Reserve commitments. The time commitment is eight years.

There Are Three Different Terms Of Enlistment;

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    You'll spend the first six years in drilling status, and the last two years in the (IRR) Individual Ready Reserve
    This is the one you must choose if you wish to participate in the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
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    You'll spend the first five years in drilling status, and the last three years as an IRR member.
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    You'll spend the first four years in drilling status, and the last four years as an IRR member
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Ways to Ensure Promotion in the Marine Reserves

Continuing education and above average work ethics are sure ways to success and promotion in the Marine Reserves.

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    Training Drills
    These are usually scheduled one weekend a month, and two weeks a year. The two weeks is called full-drill status. When in IRR status, You will not be required to participate, unless you're called to duty for support with active duty Marines.
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    Officer Opportunities
    To become a Reserve Officer, you are required to follow the same requirements as an active duty officer. You must complete the Officer Candidate Course Reserve Program, along with Officer Candidate School (OCS), The Basic School (TBS), and MOS schools. As an officer, you will be assigned to a reserve unit, instead of a regular active duty unit. Reserve Officers are required to fulfill their one weekend a month and two weeks a year obligation.
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    Physical Training
    Every Marine must be physically fit, regardless if you are active duty or reserves. If you are not physically fit, you could be a liability to your unit in time of need, and place yourself, and the members of your unit, in jeopardy. The Physical Fitness Test (PFT) must be passed annually. PFT Standard.
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    Marine Corps Institute (MCI)
    To be promoted to the next rank, you are required to complete continuing education. MCI is accredited by the Accrediting Commission, and offers various subjects such as; leadership skills, MOS qualifications, and infantry strategy/tactics to name a few.
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    Civilian Life
    It's good to prepare yourself - your obligations as a reservist may cause you to miss family events; anniversaries, births, graduations, etc. Your weekend drill training may be too far from your home for family members to attend ceremonies, like pinning on a new rank. You may be deployed for unspecified amount of time.
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Can You Be Promoted In The Marine Reserves?

After rising in the ranks from private to lance corporal, which are based on time served, time in grade, meritorious promotion or previous college credit hours, a reservist can be promoted basically just like an active duty marine. After achieving lance corporal, the following promotions - up to sergeant - are based on your performance as a Marine, and evaluated by a composite score. [1]

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    General Military Performance Score
    The scores of the Rifle Qualification Test, Physical Fitness Test and Combat Fitness Test Scores are translated into a point system with perfect scores earning a maximum of 5.0 points. They are then combined and divided by three, and multiplied by 100. The results become the complete General Military Performance Score. Practicing all year long helps to ensure the highest scores.
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    Average Conduct Marks and Average Duty Proficiency Marks
    These are performance ratings given by your superiors. They are averaged and multiplied by 100 to be included for the composite score.
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    Time in Service and Time in Grade
    The Marine must have s specific amount of time in service and a specific amount of time in their current grade before being considered for promotion. The months in service are multiplied by 2, while the time in grade is multiplied by 5 and then added to the composite score.
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    Points are given for both Military Corps Institute and civilian college courses. Furthering your education shows initiative for self-improvement.
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    Recruiting Duty, Drill Instructor Duty, Security Guard Duty and Recruiting Referrals
    Participating in these and other assignments can elevate your scores with extra points.[2]
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Questions and Answers

How fast are Marine Reserves Promoted?

Promotions depend on performance, time and grade, education, extra duties and activities. As ranks increase, there is more competition for promotions, as there are only so many slots for ranks after Sergeant. The minimum time-in-service for regular promotions are:

  • Private (E-1) to Private First Class (E-2), or PFC - 6 months
  • PFC to Lance Corporal (E-3) - 9 months
  • Lance Corporal to Corporal (E-4) - 12 months
  • Corporal to Sergeant (E-5) - 24 months
  • Promotions after the rank of Sergeant are determined by a promotion board.

Learn more about the enlisted rank structure here. [3]

===Do Marine reservists get paid the same day of drill?===

No, Marine reservists get paid once a month and the pay date actually depends on the date the weekend drill falls on. Active Marines get paid twice a month; on the first and the fifteenth. More Here.

Is it disrespectful to have facial hair in the Marine Corp Reserves?

The marine grooming standards state that the face has to be clean-shaven, except a moustache may be worn. The moustache has to be neatly trimmed and must be contained within imaginary vertical lines from the corners of the mouth and the margin area of the upper lip. The individual length of a moustache hair fully extended must not exceed 1/2 inch. Some men have skin reactions when they shave and are able to obtain a medical wavier and have a close-cropped beard until the skin heals.

How long does it take for a reservist to rank up to Corporal USMC?

Depending on your enlistment contract and completion of MOS training, you might possible make rank of an E2 or E3 within six months of boot camp. In another 6 months you could make Corporal. The general consensus is that it is much easier to rank up the first few ranks in the reserves, after that, it slows down considerably. This is due to the fact that they only have so many positions in the higher ranks at any given reserve location. It is entirely dependent on the people above you ranking up, separating or retiring.

What happens if you miss marine drill three times?

You will receive a warning regarding how many drills you've missed. If you do not return, you will be discharged from the Marines. There will be no second chances so it's best that you go to drills on time, and try not to miss any.

If you miss drill three times, you will receive a Dishonorable Discharge. The order has recently changed. If you miss just two drill weekends, you can be discharged.

See more questions like this: What do Marine reservists do during drill

How to make Sergeant in Marine Reserves?

In order to become a sergeant in the Marines you need to complete the necessary time in grade, high PFT Scores, MCI's, Corporals Course and Pros/Cons marks. All of these will help you to succeed to the rank of Sergeant.

In order to make Sergeant in the Marine reserves, you first have to reach the rank of Corporal. Then you can begin the process of becoming a Sergeant. Above are lists of requirements pertaining to what you need to do to get promoted.

What is the Marines punishment for non-compliant haircuts?

The punishment is known as a Page 11 - which is basically a write-up (Marine's non-compliance to get a haircut). Aside from being reprimanded, a punishment may be attached to the write-up. Also, a Page 11 can make a Marine ineligible for a promotion in the future.

They will receive a write-up and receive extra duty or chores for the rest of the day. Also if you receive too many write-ups, you will become a NON-REC, which will stop you from being promoted to the next rank for the quarter.

Is it easier to pick up CPL in the Reserves or Active USMC?

It's much easier to pick up Corporal in Active Duty than it is in the Reserves. In Active duty, you will be training daily, unlike in Reserves. When it comes to taking your courses, it's easier to complete them when you are focused, and don't have the distractions of civilian life.

If I miss 3 drills will I be kicked out of USMC?

The standards they follow are rather strict. If you keep on missing drills, there is high likelihood it will affect your status. In most cases, administrators will alert you if you are already on probation and you'll to catch up and work twice as hard to prove you are worthy to stay.

Can you get in the Reserves without having to be in like a 4 year military thing?

I'm 14 and want to know if I can go to college and then go into the reserves for military training

You should be able to join reserves without ever going into active duty. It's just another option the military offers to help people find what suits them best. Your best bet is just to go and speak with a local military recruiter. They will give you all the pertinent information you'll need to start your career as a Marine Corp Reservist.

Do USMC Reserves work outside of drill weekends?

Yes, there will be times where you'll be assigned to work at a funeral of a fallen Marine or you can request to work outside of drill weekends, if work is available. You can request extra days by visiting your administration department.

Can I join the active Reserve program upon enlistment?

Is it possible to join the Marines active reserve program, after I enlist?

After you have completed your active duty commitment, you can apply for the Active Reserve program. For up to date information, and if you are currently active duty, contact a Reserve Transition Coordinator. If you aren't currently on active duty, contact your local Marine recruiter for detailed information.

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Is it likely that a reservist would be accepted to OCS after 3 years in the reserves? And then if passing OCS can you go straight into active duty?

I want to be enlisted first and finish school before I pursue my goal of being an officer. And once an officer, I would like to go straight into active duty (shortening my reserve time). Is this possible?

Is it possible to be commissioned after NROTC/AROTC if you're in IRR status in your 8-year contract?

Hi, I'm currently a junior in high school, but I'm a firm believer in planning. My dilemma is that I would like to enlist in the marine reserves, but I want to simultaneously be in NROTC under the Midshipman/Marine option. I understand the marines can help put me on a "don't ship out" list but I'm not sure if I will be able to get commissioned if I'm still in IRR. Thank you for any help you might give me. I have tried: I've talked to a marine recruiter and he notified me that doing both simultaneously is possible. That said, I'm not really sure how it'll work out if I'm still in my contract after I get my bachelors. I'm in JROTC and I've talked to my SASI. He said I could more than likely get a scholarship for NROTC so I wouldn't have to do the whole PLC thing in my enlistment - that I feel would just prolong the course.

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I am shy 143 points from being promoted to corporal. What are some things I could possibly do ensure I get promoted within on month?

I always get the top score on the range and on the pfts/cfts. I've submitted off-duty education classes. I've completed leading marines and the seminar need. I am working on two book reports needed by next week. I am a junior marine. I would like to become an NCO really soon and your tips and ideas would mean a lot to me. I have tried: Off-duty education submitted. completed leading marines and seminar. I think it was caused by: Not being on top of completing these requirements sooner than I could have

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