PHOENIX – The Marine Corps Reserves, since its inception in 1916, have stood ready to augment active forces in peacetime and wartime. It is also used to provide support during national emergencies or lead community service efforts.
Reserves have many advantages, including being stationed close to home or school, a guaranteed military occupational specialty upon enlistment, advanced MOS training and leadership opportunities, the same recruit training and the same formal schools as active duty Marines, and even financial aid for education. . It can be used as a springboard to propel an individual’s career path.
Donovan Smith, a U.S. Marine Corps poolee, joined the Deferred Entry Program as a reservist in July 2021. The native of Avondale, Ariz., joined the reserves to further his education with more big goals in mind.
“I wanted to go to school specifically, so I could eventually become a naval officer and become a pilot,” said Smith, a senior at Agua Fria High School. “The reason I want to become a pilot is because I want enough flight hours to meet basically all the requirements to become an astronaut.”
Once Smith has earned the title of U.S. Marine, he will work with the Officer Selection Officer to take the necessary steps towards commissioning as a Marine Corps Officer through the Platoon Leaders Course. .
Reservists do not have to be commissioned as officers, nor enter active duty once in service. However, it does make the transition, either active duty or an officer, much smoother.
launches the corporal. Samantha Phipps, a bulk fuel specialist at Bulk Fuel Company Charlie, enlisted in the Marine Corps as a reservist with the goal of becoming a naval officer.
“Joining the reserves was part of the plan to recreate myself and become a Marine Corps officer,” said Phipps, a native of Surprise, Arizona. “Many mentors, both enlisted and commissioned, have recommended becoming a Marine and being part of the enlisted culture before leading. I wanted to do active duty, but I needed time to multi-task in college, and reserve was the sweet spot.
She explained why commissioning is important to her.
“Growing up, I always wanted to fly planes, like my grandfather,” she said. “My dad in 1987, when he was in ‘A’ school, bought a book on naval leadership, from the Navy Press, and decades later he gave it to me, when I was in college. The opportunity to commission will allow me to develop my skills in managing assignments and assessing deficiencies with solutions. The goal is to do 20 years and take all my experiences and apply them to the civilian world in as CEO.
Phipps is about to attend Officer Candidate School, and upon graduation she will serve among a cadre of just 21,000 Marine Corps officers.
Second Lieutenant John Bromley, Officer Selection Officer for the Phoenix Officer Selection Team, recently made the transition from enlisted reservist to Marine Corps officer.
“I wanted to join the reserves to get some experience in the Marine Corps, first-hand, not only through initial active-duty training, but also by being surrounded by experienced Marines throughout my time in college. and on reservations,” said Bromley, a native of Peoria, Arizona. “I knew the end goal was fielding, but I knew that this way I would gain experience by being drafted first.”
Bromley says the path isn’t easy, but it can be rewarding.
“The hardest part about taking the route of enlisting in the reserves and then commissioning as an officer is staying focused after the initial active duty training,” he said. “Going back to school after training can lead to distractions, but if you remember your end goal, it’s not difficult. Many who enlist in the reserves do so originally to be eventually commissioned, but end up not joining the naval officer program. Some Marines change their objectives, which is completely fine. However, for Marines who still wish to command, after their initial training and at the start of college, contact the OSO immediately. You can even contact the OSO as soon as you start sea combat training.
From a deferred entry program to a naval officer, the reserve is a path young men and women can take to pursue their dreams. Smith, Phipps and Bromley are prime examples of this journey to success.
To learn more about the Marine Corps Reserves and all they have to offer, contact your local Marine Corps Recruiter to see if the Reserves are right for you!
|Date posted:||19.10.2022 16:27|
|Location:||AZ, United States|
|Hometown:||AVONDALE, AZ, USA|
|Hometown:||PEORIA, AZ, USA|
|Hometown:||SURPRISE, AZ, US|
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