What is recruiting duty like for families?

Angelique - posted on 06/20/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My husband is doing his re-enlistment package for recruiting. I am trying to figure out what to expect. We just had our first kid last month, so I just want to start planning now

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Christina - posted on 07/31/2011

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I'm not going to lie, it's really tough. They work 24 hrs a day and leave on the weekends very often. It's nothing like the fleet. I would suggest having a good support like a pastor or therapist or moms group if your not around any family. We literally lived in the middle of nowhere and had a new baby with no help. I'm glad to say we were strong enough to get through recruiting!

Erin - posted on 06/30/2011

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To be honest, it can be really rough. Try to think of it as a three year deployment. It may be easier in an urban environment (I wouldn't know), but in the "rural" areas, it's REALLY hard. We are currently in Rapid City, SD which is considered a rural area, because in order to have enough kids to pull from, my husband works the area south of I-90 from the time zone line to the SD-WY border. There were IRTs that were his trips to all the schools in his area and those would last 3-4 days at least once a month. We don't have a MEPS site in Rapid City, so there would be trips to the other side of the state to the Sioux Falls MEPS site. His main RS is in Denver, CO so for RS training there would be the trip to Colorado. A successful recruiting tour will help his career so please don't let me scare you off. If you're lucky, you'll end up close to a base of some sort, but there are also RSSs that will be out in the middle of nowhere. My best advice to you is decide where you would like to be for recruiting and get a contact that can request your husband by name. It may not be perfect, but it's better than just random assignment. We wanted Colorado Springs (since his family is close) and got Rapid City which put us halfway between both sides of the family. I'm not sure our marriage or my sanity would have survived had we been stationed anywhere that would have been far away from the support you get at a Marine base and from family support. Good luck and I hope I haven't frightened you too terribly.

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