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Old 10-20-2016, 05:33 PM   #1
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Closest I ever got to the military was being a cub scout but now I have a granddaughter that is interested in the Marine Corps FET program.

She's going on a 4 mile hike this weekend with 40# of sand and new boots...

Aside from giving her her first blade, advising heavy socks and to position the pack as high as she could, I didn't have much to offer her but a wry grin.

Any sage advice from any of you folks that have been there and done that ?

TIA.
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Old 10-20-2016, 06:15 PM   #2
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She's going on a 4 mile hike this weekend with 40# of sand and new boots...
New boots? She's going to be hurting even at just 4 miles.
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New boots? She's going to be hurting even at just 4 miles.
Yep, told her to take some bandaids... and use them in advance.
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I wished as hard as any parent could wish that I could get at least one of my daughters interested in a military career. A few years ago I took them to an Air Force Academy reunion. As we approached the Academy from the north, we passed Cathedral Rock, about three miles from the cadet area.

"Look girls", I said, "we used to run from down there all the up here and back, carrying big rocks."

There were a few seconds of silence from the back seat. Finally, a little voice said, "Why?"
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New boots? She's going to be hurting even at just 4 miles.
Boots have come a LONG ways. My last 3 pair I could have put on for the first time and walked 10 miles. They're boots that feel/fit more like running shoes.
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Kid did six miles yesterday with a 40# pound pack, two of them double time.

She's a bit bowed up today.

30 guys, 5 girls - 6 of the guys fell out.
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I wished as hard as any parent could wish that I could get at least one of my daughters interested in a military career. A few years ago I took them to an Air Force Academy reunion. As we approached the Academy from the north, we passed Cathedral Rock, about three miles from the cadet area.

"Look girls", I said, "we used to run from down there all the up here and back, carrying big rocks."

There were a few seconds of silence from the back seat. Finally, a little voice said, "Why?"
Not too good at sales, are you?
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There were a few seconds of silence from the back seat. Finally, a little voice said, "Why?"
'Cause Top said to.
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The six guys that "fell out" - they got detached for another "mission".
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I wished as hard as any parent could wish that I could get at least one of my daughters interested in a military career. A few years ago I took them to an Air Force Academy reunion. As we approached the Academy from the north, we passed Cathedral Rock, about three miles from the cadet area.

"Look girls", I said, "we used to run from down there all the up here and back, carrying big rocks."

There were a few seconds of silence from the back seat. Finally, a little voice said, "Why?"
I did 22 years in the Army Guard, with two years overseas in A-stan. Neither one of my daughters has any interest in the military.
I bucked the laws of averages in my family; the last family member to serve was during the Civil War.
OP, the FET program ( I believe ) is an additional duty assigned during the mob process. What does she want to do as a primary MOS?
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OP, the FET program ( I believe ) is an additional duty assigned during the mob process. What does she want to do as a primary MOS?
Originally, she wanted to join the Corps so she could play sax in the band.

Aviation would seem to be her focus now.

I explained to her that there was other stuff she would have to be able to do first to even have a shot, like, Marine Corps stuff.

She was undeterred, however; apparently that over 7 ft. tall Captain she's been talking with -is- a good salesman...
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Maybe she needs to speak with CaptainGyro.
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Maybe she needs to speak with CaptainGyro.
She might just get the chance.

Showed up at the homestead today wearing a USMC sweatshirt.

I gotta say that I wouldn't be adverse to attending a graduation at Quantico.
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