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Thread: Blue side or green side?

  1. #31
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    !!! blueside!!!
    -HMC indy
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    This is my personal opinion and only mines. I have had the opportunity of experiencing both the blue and green side but not in the same rate as being a corpsman. I used to be an Intelligence Specialist onboard a ship and was forced to convert because of Perform To Serve in 2003. I converted to corpsman because I was awed by the way corpsman were allowed to take care of patients and perform sick call. I did some OJT in the medical department prior to shipping out to NHCS in 2004.

    Looking back 4 years later as a Field Med instructor as both a striker on board the USS NASSAU and a field med corpsman with the greenside, my job satisfaction and experience with the Marine Corps far surpasses all of my blue side experience. The comrade and ability to take care of 250 marines at one time is phenomenal. Being their doc and having them look up to you from officer to enlisted is a great feeling. I feel a lot more appreciated as a green side corpsman and more valuable to them.

    Your ability to strike out on the green side is easy if you are a hard charger. Don't be that corpsman who is always late for muster, gun decks sick call and cannot be trusted by his Marines. If you are that corpsman you will hate it and the Marines will do everything they can to get rid of you!

    Your experience as a green side can be very rewarding personally and professionally. I will always advise to do a green side tour first because you will learn a whole lot regarding your job and military wise. You can then make your decision to go to the blue side later on, but if you truly like it like I do, it may be difficult for you to ever leave the green side.

    Hope this helps and hope you do well in whatever endeavor you may chose.

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    Just be warned... greenside has its pitfalls too. MEDLOG anyone?

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    Thumbs up

    umm, any command has it pitfalls. The Sailor is 85% of the pitfall so lets not detract young corpsman who can have an outstanding career on the greenside because even MEDLOG can be rewarding if you do your best. Don't let your narrow experience detract someone succeeding!

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    Im not medlog at all. Im just saying, going through the HM pipeline to become a medical sk... not so good. You do still get to deploy and as with everything its a very necessary job but what I was trying to point out was the fact that OH GOD BLUESIDE or OH GOD GREENSIDE so can still get assignments on both that you may not love. They all have their benefits, ie in MEDLOG you can knock out a bunch of college and take on collateral duties much like you can while working in a hospital, but no one side is perfect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by indolence View Post
    ...but no one side is perfect.
    And never will be (see the other threads on this issue...); I have no problem jesting back and forth about the merits and issues posed by each community - but I'd like to reiterate again that regardless of where you are stationed, your experiences there will be determined by what you make of that command. Regardless of side, community, warfare designation, color or any other characteristic, there is not a place that is better than all the rest, everyone is different, so are commands. What was great for one maybe a nightmare for another - I'll gladly tell you about my experiences and opinions about a place, so long as who I'm talking to realizes that they are my opinions only and shouldn't be taken as absolute fact.

    Bottom line should be wherever anyone ends up, they should make the most of their situation and take advantage of *all* the opportunities available.
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    Just making a note here - I FREAKING LOVE THIS DEBATE! Learning a lot here, though I would like to know what MEDLOG is.
    "Whatever you are, be a good one." - Lincoln

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    Medlog is what was known as "GROUP" I.e FSSG, or IN THE REAR WITH THE GEAR..

    What isn't said, and where we took a lot of casualties in IRAQ though was transporting the gear where it was needed.. IED's.. etc..

    So that old saying doesn't pass muster anymore.. A Marine is a MARINE is a MARINE..

    A Sailor is a Sailor "ISN'T" A FMF DOC!

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    heh, the way joint ops are going these days, soon we'll be debating the merits of the purpleside as well....
    -HMC indy
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    Quote Originally Posted by indy View Post


    !!! blueside!!!
    Hell yes, thats why i wanna go BLUE!

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