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Unread 07-06-2014, 10:07 AM   #1
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Has anyone one of my fellow Veterans transferred from one branch of the service to another?

My Nephew is in the U.S. Marines and is hitting the 10 year mark.

Now he is up for promotion BUT there are about 200 bodies he has to compete against. I'm under the impression that if he does not make grade he will not be able to re-enlist.

He has been told he is ranked #2. How the hell does anyone know that before the applications have been submitted?? IMHO until you get the stripe you got nothing.

I thought that transfer to the U.S. Army might be a viable option.

So have any of you done it? How did it work out for you?

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Unread 07-09-2014, 12:41 AM   #2
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I know that a few years ago you could transfer from the Marines to the Army. Im not sure now with the downsizing if thats an option anymore. If his Retention office cant help he may be able to go to an Army recruiter to find out.
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Unread 07-09-2014, 12:54 AM   #3
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I went from the Corp to the Army ( 1984 ) as said above see a recruiter as it will be quicker.
The corp has a funny way of promoting, I had 28 months time and grade and was only offered my 3rd stripe come time to get out, I told them to keep it.
From experience and not to bash the army, he may be disappointed if it were me I'd try the air force or the coast guard.
Laugh about the coast guard but they do so wild stuff close to home.
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I know that a few years ago you could transfer from the Marines to the Army. Im not sure now with the downsizing if thats an option anymore. If his Retention office cant help he may be able to go to an Army recruiter to find out.
That was my first thought. An Army recruiter would be able to see if his skills were needed in the Army if that is the way he goes.
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I went from the Corp to the Army ( 1984 ) as said above see a recruiter as it will be quicker.
The corp has a funny way of promoting, I had 28 months time and grade and was only offered my 3rd stripe come time to get out, I told them to keep it.
From experience and not to bash the army, he may be disappointed if it were me I'd try the air force or the coast guard.
Laugh about the coast guard but they do so wild stuff close to home.
I do believe he is in a situation where he must make E-6 or they may not allow him to re-enlist. He is approaching his 10th year in the corps. I figure he could find a place for his skill set in the Army since it is so much larger. I'm not sure what his skill set is OR he has told me and I have forgotten!

This getting old crap isn't for sissys......
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Unread 07-09-2014, 08:17 AM   #6
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Okay I wasn't going to go here but here it is in a nutshell.
In my era there was ALOT of reverse discrimination.
I had 3 meritorious mast from 2 CG's,at least 10 meritorious citations and NO trouble what so ever with breaking the rules.
I was promoted twice for merit and in no way was I a ball washer.
I was a Marines Marine.
After coming back from Beriut and spending 28 months @ time and grade it sickened me to see Marines getting promoted ahead of me with less than 6 months of time and grade needless to say I was not alone.
I watched at least 15 Marines get promoted because they were anything other than a light green Marine.
I feel that now a days this practice will get people killed for lack of experience.
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Okay I wasn't going to go here but here it is in a nutshell.
In my era there was ALOT of reverse discrimination.
I had 3 meritorious mast from 2 CG's,at least 10 meritorious citations and NO trouble what so ever with breaking the rules.
I was promoted twice for merit and in no way was I a ball washer.
I was a Marines Marine.
After coming back from Beriut and spending 28 months @ time and grade it sickened me to see Marines getting promoted ahead of me with less than 6 months of time and grade needless to say I was not alone.
I watched at least 15 Marines get promoted because they were anything other than a light green Marine.
I feel that now a days this practice will get people killed for lack of experience.
Politics were the main reason I did not make a career out of the US Army. I got jerked around a few times so I said bye-bye. Then again, as worker drone that happens in the civilian world also.
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Unread 07-11-2014, 12:32 AM   #8
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Theres a lot of politics for sure but my civilian job was actually worse. The reduction in force has caused some to say the least. Im guessing the Marines are also doing a version of 'Up or Out' like the Army is. As far as politics go I just try to run my squad and look out for my guys as best i can and leave the politics to others. I love the Army some days and hate it on other days. I wouldn't trade my experiences for a million dollars and will probably cry like a baby when i ETS.
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