I have something that's been weighing on my mind and need advice. My son's dream his entire life has been to become a Marine. When he first enlisted he requested infantry as his MOS. When the time came for his recruiter to sign him up for his job, that recruiter left and my son was assigned a different recruiter. Long story short, the paperwork was never completed by the first recruiter. By the time the new recruiter realized it, infantry was full according to him and the only MOS left was "communications". My son didn't want this at all but was told he really didn't have a choice. There was nothing left. If I understand correctly, being in the communications field, he will most likely never be on the front line so to speak or involved in any type of combat. I just don't want to see him be miserable and not have his dream of being in infantry come true. Of course as a mother I would feel much safer with him in communications but this is not what he wants. I heard there may be a possibility of him changing his MOS while still in bootcamp. Does anyone know if this is true?

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Keep in mind that a Marine goes from boot to MCT training, in other words, his love the infantry will be used...don't get discouraged, the corp will move him around a lot.  Over time , I believe, they find  your son's strengths and utilize them..hang in there!!
If your "son's dream his entire life has been to become a Marine", that dream is being fulfilled. Changing of MOS while in boot camp or while at SOI is not common. Even changing during his first enlistment would be rare. I know of one Marine with the MOS of communications, he was in more hot spots than his brother who was infantry. There are no "safe" jobs in the Marines.
Thanks for the info. Richard, can you please give me a little insight as so what exactly this particular field entails? His MOS is communications/electrician. Thank you!!!

you can find more information on all the different MOS's here

http://marinefamilynetwork.com/page/wab-soi-mos

There's always a possibility of a lat move to another field...but I haven't really heard of it happening in boot camp.  Your recruiter lied to you.  Well, I shouldn't say he "lied" maybe he just wasn't as forthcoming as he should have been.  Infantry slots may have been full at the time your son was SUPPOSED to ship out, but he COULD have waited for one to open up.  My son wanted 03xx but they didn't have a spot available right away.  In fact, even at the MOS they offered to him he would have had to wait 6 months.  Luckily I come from a family of Marines and I was with him during his time in the DEP.  I questioned the recruiter and told him that my son would wait for a job he really wanted.  Someone dropped out of the DEP and my son took his spot.  He ended up having to wait an extra two months, but he got the MOS he originally wanted.

I agree with Richard- well stated!!  (Thank you!)

Life happens, those who are the happiest are those who can roll with the changes! :)

Semper Fi 

Different son, same dream. Of course he wanted infantry as his first choice. They first promised him Avionics mechanic, and he accepted that, reluctantly. The last day of boot camp they switched him into Administration. It's all about the needs of the Corps. He tested well in the language areas, and not everyone does. It's probably the same with your son. Not every Marine is qualified to go into communications, and your son probably tested well in the requisite areas for that MOS. Your son will most likely have little say in the matter.

 

My son was pretty upset at first. But with every MOS change, he adapted to the change and found that each cloud had unexpected silver linings. When he learned he would not be sent to Afghanistan, which was his first choice, he asked to go to Okinawa, and that was approved. He leaves in 2 days. He is beginning to get the picture that the USMC does not revolve around him, and has made a major adjustment change. At the same time, he is also learning how to move within the system more competently every day.

Wow, someone in the same boat. Thanks so much for sharing your story with me. It makes me feel a little better knowing there is a chance to change and I guess it all depends on his test scores and where he is needed. Who knows, maybe he will love communications. Many prayers to your son and family and he leaves for his next adventure.

keats5 said:

Different son, same dream. Of course he wanted infantry as his first choice. They first promised him Avionics mechanic, and he accepted that, reluctantly. The last day of boot camp they switched him into Administration. It's all about the needs of the Corps. He tested well in the language areas, and not everyone does. It's probably the same with your son. Not every Marine is qualified to go into communications, and your son probably tested well in the requisite areas for that MOS. Your son will most likely have little say in the matter.

 

My son was pretty upset at first. But with every MOS change, he adapted to the change and found that each cloud had unexpected silver linings. When he learned he would not be sent to Afghanistan, which was his first choice, he asked to go to Okinawa, and that was approved. He leaves in 2 days. He is beginning to get the picture that the USMC does not revolve around him, and has made a major adjustment change. At the same time, he is also learning how to move within the system more competently every day.

Hello DaveandSabrina,

I spoke to the father of a new Marine recently who said that his son is in communications.  They were thinking he would be setting up phone lines, laying cable, etc.  When he got to his MOS he was told that he would be a field radio operator...right there in the action.  Son is thrilled, father, not so much.

I have heard of a few incidents of brand new Marines out of bootcamp having their MOS changed, but it was not their choice.

There are two words that I have become very familiar with since my son joined...Semper Gumby (always flexible)  : )

Marla

 

Also remember that our sons are young and they have limited experiences. Your son has no idea what "communications" entails, so how does he know he will not like this? He may well be entering into a field that fascinates him. And as far as his dream of becoming a Marine, well, he's not exactly working for At&T here! Someone in the USMC must think this is a good fit for him, and heaven knows, they can't just put anyone in communications- it's too critical of a field. Who knows, he may also be picking up some good skills that will transfer into the civilian job market when he comes out.

Every Marine is a rifleman! They are trained for fighting and many with other than infantry MOS end up in combat situations.  It will go easier if you realize that the Marines do take care of their own, but they will use their Marines for what is best for the mission.  My son was also being encouraged to take another MOS so he could ship sooner, but with his Dad as a former Marine told him not to settle for something less then what he wanted with only a minimal chance of lateral moving.  He ended up shipping with the MOS he wanted and he was in DEP only two months.  Made my head spin, but as a former Navy brat I wasn't completely shocked.  My dad was given 2 weeks notice before leaving us for Vietnam for a full year.  He says now that sometimes it is better that way.  Less time to think about it.  Good luck to your son.

Semper Gumby!

Hi DaveandSabrina,  I can echo the sentiments of others here who have responded so well.  Our Marine also wanted infantry/artillery/armored, but due to his high ASVAB score, was told he would become a jet mechanic.  Then, during his final few days at CP, was told he would become a helicopter mechanic.  He was disappointed at first, but now that he has been in Oki for over a year, the choppers are "my birds" and the Marines who fly them are "my pilots," and he takes very seriously their safety.  He is also very aware of the history of his squadron, which served nobly in Viet Nam.  As others have said, remember "Semper Gumby!"  Fair winds and following seas for your Marine, and thank him for his service.   

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