My Marine biography: This is how I do it

Jeffery Ohmes, staff writer

Brian Taylor
Photo by: Brian Taylor

It all started when I was about five or six. I have always wanted to be in the military, and then I saw a commercial about the Marines and said “That’s it! That’s what I want to do.”

Honestly it feels like a huge responsibility, but it is so legitimately awesome that it’s worth it to be able to have the whole country depending on you to protect them and their rights provided by the Constitution.

It was amazing when I went to the Amarillo Military Entry Processing Station, or MEPS station. That is where I took my Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, for short it is called the ASVAB. It consists of about 10 tests depending on which branch you are interested in joining. The ASVAB covers everything from mathematics and English to mechanics, computer and auto. It was all pretty crazy the day I went because there were so many high ranking officers and NCOs, or non-commanding officers. There was a ceremony for a fallen Marine who had gone through that particular MEPS station. It was pretty awesome to see all of the branches of our Armed Forces coming together to honor one Marine.

While I taking my ASVAB I was well prepared for the majority of the battery, but I was not quite sure about the subject that I was answering on some of the tests. There was a part over auto mechanics that I did not know about too much in detail, but all in all it was a decently easily event to take that day.

Just to let any other person know who is wanting to join the military, it is nothing like the TAKS, the SAT, or even the STAAR. It is something that you have to study for. As long as you pay attention in your classes you should be able to do well on the battery. Just a little advice to the people who would want to go and take the ASVAB –  just remember to stay calm and relax. Also you should make a few friends while you’re there because it would be awkward to sit there once you are done and not talk to anyone about the battery.  I was able to make quite a few friends before I went to take my ASVAB, so I got lucky.

One major detail that you cannot forget about is your body. You have to be sure to be at a healthy weight Do not be discouraged about being under- or over-weight. The military has a waiver so that you can join. In my case I needed that waiver because I was just a little underweight. You do not have to worry too much about the whole weight issue. I tried so hard to gain my weight, but sadly enough I had to fall back on the waiver to take care of my issue. If you do happen to be underweight just try your hardest to gain. If you are overweight, that is okay as well, that is what the Delayed Entry Program is for.

DEP is a workout program that all of the branches use to get you ready to ship out for basic training. It gives you insight as to what you are getting yourself into when you are at your location for basic training. In my situation, I will be going to Camp Pendleton in San Diego, California. The requirements for qualifying to be a Marine are very physical and sometimes they are challenging. You have to be able to do at least 5 pull-ups, 50 crunches in 2 minutes, and you have to run a mile and a half in 13 minutes or less. As I have said, the requirements are very physical. All you can really do is just work out. Just do as many pull-ups and crunches as you can and run as much as you can.

I have had all the support from everybody that I know and especially from my parents. They are the ones who have really helped me the most, and I honestly could not ask for a better set of parents. Of course, I have always had the support of my recruiter. It is really awesome because he is always straight up with me. He never has told me that it was going to be an easy thing to do. He has always told me that I am going to be in the fight of my life. I love that he is that way and that he never sugarcoats anything. That is honestly one of the many things that scares me senseless.

My only true fears are that I am going to be injured in basic training and am going to be sent home. Also that I am just not going to make it past the basic requirements because I decided to choke at the last minute. That is the scariest thing. Those are really my only fears. I know what I am getting myself into, and I know what I am going to be doing, and what I am going to be on the other side of. I am not afraid to sacrifice one American to save thousands more. There are still plenty of events to look forward to.

Personally, I look forward to just shipping out to basic training. I also look forward to getting the eagle, globe, and anchor put into my hand and walking the parade grounds and being able to look out into the crowd and see all of my family clapping and cheering for me as I march with my platoon. That is one of the events that has motivated me to be as successful as I can be and to be determined enough to go through with this.

If there is anyone else who would like to join any branch of the military, please let me know so that I can get you started or just get you some more information. If you are interested in joining the Marines, again please let me know because I could bring you to a DEP workout, and you could talk to a Recruiter and maybe even workout with us.