USMC - Navy duty stations

Discussion in 'Life After the Academy' started by ns1234, Nov 13, 2017.

  1. ns1234

    ns1234 Member

    Nov 11, 2017
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    Hi all,

    I am interested in pursuing an OCS-reserve commission as a ground or human intelligence officer in the Marines. However, I have always been fascinated with the navy. I love the thought of being at sea, and I love the places the Navy goes to. Specifically I would love to be stationed in Japan (main island, not Okinawa), and anywhere in the pacific. Of course I am aware I will also go to war zones, but I am just looking forward to other kinds of deployments as well. I have a few questions:

    1) how often are marines stationed/deployed on Navy ships? How much time could one expect to be on one during a 3-5 year career?

    2) how often or under what circumstances are intelligence (or any) officers stationed with the Navy at some of their Honshu (main island) bases?

    3) how easy is it for reserve marine officers to request to fill in/volunteer to deploy?

    4) how often are reserve marines deployed in general? Are they usually deployed to war zones, or might they be deployed just as frequently to stations in Asia?

    Thank you so much for helping with any or all of these questions!
  2. Hurricane12

    Hurricane12 USNA 2012 5-Year Member

    Jan 14, 2011
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    Answers by bullet point in the quote.
    Sounds like you should look at active duty, not reserves.
    Of note as well: even if you go AD, for those particular MOSs there may be limited duty stations. Ground Intel Officers normally do their first tour with an Infantry Battalion as either the Scout-Sniper Platoon Commander or an Intel O, for example, and there are no infantry units permanently stationed in Oki or anywhere OCONUS aside from Hawaii. HUMINT is a very small MOS and difficult to get, normally only 1-2 spots per TBS class (no idea about how many reserve spots there are, but likely not many).
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  3. USMCGrunt

    USMCGrunt 5-Year Member

    Dec 13, 2010
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    Dead on Hurricane!
  4. Capt MJ

    Capt MJ 10-Year Member

    Sep 27, 2008
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    A keeper reply by Hurricane!