Navy Corpsman.

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  1. lohki13

    lohki13 Former Guest

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    Is anyone here a Navy Corpsman or been one.

    If i don't qualify to be a Loadmaster in the Airforce(eyes) i really don't see myself joining the Airforce so i have been looking at the other branches.

    And the Navy has some jobs i am interested in.

    Corpsman
    Master At Arms
    Gunners Mate

    My only real question is what does a corpsman do? I understand they are Marine Combat Medic but is that their only function i would rather not be a nurse. But would love to be a combat medic.

    Any info on the others would be great.

    Cameron Owens.
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    358 winchester *TFF Admin Staff*

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    lohki13
    Go to a Navy web site and read up on each job I will try to get some sites for you a little later today, I am getting ready to go shoot this morning.
    Ron
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    lohki13 Former Guest

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    I read up on them, but i have a theory they candy coat the description being as they are trying to recruit. Have fun at the range.
  4. All military medical corpsmen have at least one thing in common: They give injections with large, square needles! :D;)
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    Sounds like fun, combat medic sounds better.

    Even though i don't plan on anything involving medical if i get out.
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    358 winchester *TFF Admin Staff*

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    You forgot "DULL"
  7. Agreed, Ron, very dull! I suspect they were previously used as fence post nails. :D;)
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    Corpsmen serving with the Marines are primary targets for the enemy.
    At least that's the way it was in WWII and Korea...
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    Pistol,

    While I have the usual inter-service rivalry friendly contempt of the non-Marine Corps services, and truly believe that about Army and AF medics; DON"T MESS WITH DOC!!!

    All medical personnel and chaplains serving with the Corps are sailors and held in the highest regard. And truly, the fleet doc's give the least painful shots I've ever had.

    lohki13,

    If you become a Fleet Marine Force Corpsman, you may technically be in the Navy, but you will be integrated into a Marine unit, live with marines, train with marines, wear Marine Corps uniforms, take care of marines and be taken care of by marines. You would be one of us. Plan on living up to the same physical standards, crawling through the mud, eat at the same lousy chow halls and being called "Doc". For all practical purposes you would be a jarhead.

    If you can play the games with a smile and take care of your platoon, I will guarantee every one of them will lay their lives on the line for you if needed.

    If you have any specific questions, just ask. There might even be a fleet corpsman lurking around here too.

    Good luck.
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    My grandfather David L. Grieve, Was a Navy corpsman in Vietnam. He served on the LST Hampshire County. He got his leg screwed up when while unloading under fire, A shell exploded nearby and knocked a corner of a crate, Into his knee.-Char
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    What standard of PT do i need if i can be FMF Corpsman.

    What do i have to do to get to be FMF Corpsman.



    This is all still on the board i am still undecided what i would like to do.
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    About 7 of the next 10 most growing job fields are in Medicine. If you get thru 4 years of being a corpsman, then you would have no problem finding employment for the rest of your life!

    If I was going to do it again...Gunners Mate!
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    That is still on the top of my list. Weapons :D
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    lohki13,

    As a former sailor, I was not a corpsman, MAA, or gunner's mate, but I served with all of them. Some brief insights from personal experience (I got out 15 years ago so YMMV):

    1) FMF Corpsman: I was stationed at the Naval Hospital - NAS Jacksonville in 1987/88 and USMC-03 is totally correct. If you have a fondness for your limbs and internal organs, you DO NOT F#*K with a Doc serving with FMF. They are some of the best trained corpsmen in the service when it comes to trauma care and they are well respected and taken care of by the Marines they serve with. If you think a career as an EMT or Paramedic sounds fun, this is a great place to start.

    2) Master-at-Arms: Twice in my career I was assigned temporary duty with Master-at-Arms: once on shore and once on-board USS America. It's an interesting job with some cool work. In those days (1983 & 1991) it was required that you enlist as some other rating and advance to E-5 before being allowed to cross over to the MAA rating. The issue with that was always that most ratings were more critical to the service than MAA was and you wouldn't be allowed to change. And spending enough time to make E-5 in a rating LESS critical would be considered sub-optimal.

    3) Gunner's Mate: Little guns, big guns, guided missiles, what's not to like? The rating used to be split between Guns and Missiles, but I don't know if they still do that. Both ratings get training in mechanical, hydraulic, electrical, and electronic systems, just in different proportions depending on their specialty.

    Here's a sea-story about a Gunner that I served with: Back in 1990, on one Friday every month, the 5-inch guns at the Naval training center in Dam Neck, VA were test fired. The interval between shots was left up to the lead instructors for the classes going through the school, but always seemed to be really long, on the order of 4-5 minutes or more. I had been previously stationed with one of the instructors so I asked him why they did it that way. After he stopped laughing, he told me that it was so the car alarms all over the base had time to reset and stop alarming before the next round set them all off again. Ahhh, the simple pleasures are always the best.

    Whatever you choose, lohki13, have fun, keep your head down, and make friends, you'll remember them for the rest of your life.

    Apologies to all for the long post.
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    thanks for the info. Well after doing some research yesterday i am leaning more towards MAA mainly because i love law Enforcement;even though i have been told my first enlistment will probably be all gate duty,My theory is i better do something i enjoy if i want to try to retire out of the military.(plus my associates degree is in CJ).

    May i ask what your Rate was?
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