Enlisted (DEP) – ASU NROTC (Marine Option) – Enlisted (DEP)
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I initially enlisted and was placed into the Marine Corps DEP (Delayed Entry Program) my junior year of high school. Previous to actually being in the DEP I was unofficially working out with all the poolees for a year before my parents signed the parental consent form (I was only 17 at the time). I begged for those signatures for that entire year (the only reason they signed was because I wrote a 10 page paper on why I wanted to be a Marine). My original ship date was May 27, 2015. However, my original plans took a turn when I received the highly competitive NROTC scholarship and the opportunity to become a Marine Corps officer. I felt honored to be chosen and relieved that I wouldn’t be completely letting down my EXTREMELY TRADITIONAL family because I was going officer and not enlisted. This is an adversity that I feel many of us females have faced when approaching our families w/ military related aspirations.
Despite my success at gaining the scholarship I was slightly disappointed because I wanted to go enlisted, I wanted to make a difference as soon as possible, I wanted to serve my country as soon as possible.
Bottom line is – while I was part of ASU NROTC I knew I wanted to be an officer. Eventually. I wanted to experience enlisted life/work/MOS (6174 – Helicopter Crew Chief UH-1) and apply for a MECEP/ETA package in the future. I don’t give a damn about money/benefits/housing and all the other personal benefits that come along with being an officer. I want to serve my country and make the biggest positive impact I can on the Marine Corps and the lives our government holds in its hands.