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  • Libertarian
    Texas
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    I am a Young Marine and so far it is an awesome experience! I only had time for one after school extracurricular activity. Between athletics and the Young Marines I choose the Young Marines. I got to do exciting stuff like rappel and ride in a Black Hawk helicopter. My favorite activity was the M-16 simulator. Those experiences sure beat the hell out of kicking a ball! The intense exciting training of the Young Marines is way more fun than high school athletics. Young Marines is awesome! Oorah!
  • Democrat
    Missouri
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    This is refreshing! Thank you for challenging yourself and having fun doing it. Your experience will be more than what most Americans can ever have. Good luck to you and have a great future. You are earning it the right way.
  • Liberal
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    Durham, NH
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    I'm sure he will become an accomplished killing machine (for our side, of course, as God blesses us) when he graduates and is sent off to whatever faux conflict is occurring at the time. I wonder if it will be as fun as all that rappelling and helicopter rides? Only time will tell!

    i, for one, shall sleep well tonight knowing our country is safe thanks to all the potential young marines out there.
  • Democrat
    Washington
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    Young Marines no thanks! I am no fan of Marine brainwashing. Maybe an Air Force or Coast Guard equivalent of the Young Marines would attract more youth interested in science and technology and less gun nuts. I would have loved to be apart of an group that offered more intense training than the scouts when I was a kid.
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    YMarineAlpha555 Wrote: I am a Young Marine and so far it is an awesome experience! I only had time for one after school extracurricular activity. Between athletics and the Young Marines I choose the Young Marines. I got to do exciting stuff like rappel and ride in a Black Hawk helicopter. My favorite activity was the M-16 simulator. Those experiences sure beat the hell out of kicking a ball! The intense exciting training of the Young Marines is way more fun than high school athletics. Young Marines is awesome! Oorah!
    Sure it is an awful experience when your legs get shot off; I guess you will be in for a surprise; brains are no longer required; they will tell you what to do and think for you. Just wait the real fun is still to come; wake up!!
  • Democrat
    Philadelphia, PA
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    Wow, Dutch, you seem out of sorts so early in the morning, need a jolt of caffeine or something? The young man made a decision and is enjoying his decision to become a member of an elite group of men and women who serve and who had served bravely and proudly, so I would laud his decision to join the Young Marines rather then give him a bunch of negativity. BTW, I was not a Marine but an army grunt, from the 82nd Airborne Div.
  • Center Left
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    Central, FL
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    My father was a very proud Marine. He was shot (and thankfully survived) in the Korean war. I doubt the marines are training you for a career though.
    My advice would be to think about this choice. Be safe (if you can) and do well but when selecting a path, choose a field that might help you to get a job when you come back.
  • Democrat
    Illinois
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    Retired MARINES fill many of the United States security JOB positions across this great country of ours...
  • Liberal
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    Durham, NH
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    And, that is good? Many veterans fill up the police departments now, that's one reason they are shooting first and doing there job second!
  • Center Left
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    Central, FL
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    I agree PGR. It doesn't mean no police should be ex-military but by all means the police shouldn't be 70 + % military. Balance should be the goal.
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    johnnycee Wrote: Wow, Dutch, you seem out of sorts so early in the morning, need a jolt of caffeine or something? The young man made a decision and is enjoying his decision to become a member of an elite group of men and women who serve and who had served bravely and proudly, so I would laud his decision to join the Young Marines rather then give him a bunch of negativity. BTW, I was not a Marine but an army grunt, from the 82nd Airborne Div.
    Sorry to say this kid has not realized the reality of this job; he mentioned only the fantastic ride in a helicopter and looked at some technology thus only the rosy side.
    So that is why I say he needs the coffee and may be you too to wake up to reality.
  • Democrat
    Philadelphia, PA
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    He also mentioned rappeling and bonding with other young people with the same mind set, he preferred this over his school athletic program and more importantly, he also said he was having fun . This is a young man who has found a way to focus and learn discipline and to work well with others, all attributes that future employers look for in new hires. I don't believe that he will become the next poster boy for the next Marine Corp. recruitment drive.
  • Democrat
    Missouri
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    I'm sorry, Dutch, but not everyone desires to live like you. Life is a variety of experiences and options. This young man is enjoying a program of the Young Marines and it is his desire not yours. The reality of this thread is that people such as yourself are adamant criticizing peoples goals and aspirations for an improved existence. There is no truth in what you depict that this young man will become the next killing machine, nor is there any proof that you can present that the Young Marine program trains people to become killing machines. Since you have no reliable evidence of experiencing the Young Marine program than you should be a better person by just keeping this trash to yourself. You are criticizing a young man for no reason than your own indifference of not abiding to a lifestyle you live. Not everyone lives like you do and if you think your a credit to society, think again.
  • Center Left Democrat
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    Flagstaff, AZ
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    Since I graduated from college in 1969, I was witness to a time when soldiers coming home from Vietnam were spat upon by our fellow citizens. As a result, I'm very reluctant to criticize anyone who feels patriotic enough to put on a uniform and serve our country.

    Having said that, though, I will make an exception for one individual who deserves to be ridiculed.

    Sergeant Major Michael Barrett recently appeared before an Armed Services Committee and argued that lower pay for Marines would "raise discipline". Base salary for a Sergeant Major in the Marine Corps is $93,792 a year.

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2014/04/idiot-sgt-major-michael-barrett-pushes-for-lower-pay-for-marines-saying-it-will-raise-discipline/

    Since military families are now more reliant on food stamps than at any time in the history of our country, the only proper response to the Sergeant Major is an old phrase from my native Minnesota:

    Kiss my doopa !

    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2014/02/18/3299971/food-stamps-military/
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    AmcmurryFreedom Wrote: I'm sorry, Dutch, but not everyone desires to live like you. Life is a variety of experiences and options. This young man is enjoying a program of the Young Marines and it is his desire not yours. The reality of this thread is that people such as yourself are adamant criticizing peoples goals and aspirations for an improved existence. There is no truth in what you depict that this young man will become the next killing machine, nor is there any proof that you can present that the Young Marine program trains people to become killing machines. Since you have no reliable evidence of experiencing the Young Marine program than you should be a better person by just keeping this trash to yourself. You are criticizing a young man for no reason than your own indifference of not abiding to a lifestyle you live. Not everyone lives like you do and if you think your a credit to society, think again.
    I'm very sorry for you instead; you still live with an indoctrinated mind; all your "threads" point to that; How many innocent lives have been ended for senseless US militarism? What did our society gain from it? Stop the militarism thinking and concentrate on what will really help our society. The military has only one goal; spent money and folow up orders if our leaders think we should invade another country. This kid can also become an helicopterpilot in a civil job; so that is no excuse.