Marines to Army

By: Reinhold Woykowski

In 1972 I went into the Marines and got out in 1974. Was out only a short time and decided to see what the Army was about. I did not have to go to Army Boot Camp because they said I had the worlds finest training in the Marines. For my first year and a half I was stationed at the Presidio in San Francisco, right off the Golden Gate Bridge. After that, I was sent to Berlin Germany when it was still East and west. I can only say it was one big vacation in the Army. Have any of you Marines gone to another branch after the Marines? The funny thing is, I hardly ever think about the Army but the Marines is where my heart is at. Semper Fi

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26 comments


  • Reinhold Woykowski

    Were you in the Marines?


  • Jeff Kyle

    4 years in the Marines. Got out, hated civilian life and tried to get back in. They weren’t taking retreads at that time. I was not inclined to be a civilian any longer, so I crossed the hallway to the Air Force recruiters office. The Air Force wanted my training (6113/6167 CH-53A/D)to work on their helicopters (HH-53C) I wanted to leave immediately but ended up taking 30 days to get enlisted in the AF. I spent 21 years in the Air Force and retired as a E-8 Senior Master Sgt.


  • Bob 1381

    I don’t think I have ever seen anyone in the Army or Air Force that seamed to take pride in the way they wore their uniforms. Wrinkled and poor fit seems to be the norm. The Navy seems to take a little more pride than the Army or Air Force. I guess the saying holds true; “YOU’RE IN THE ARMY, YOU’RE IN THE AIR FORCE BUT YOU ARE A MARINE”! …Bob 1381…Vietnam ’66/’67.


  • Noble Callaway III

    CWO-5 Noble Callaway
    After returning from Vietnam as a sergeant with 20 months in grade in Jan 1971 and discharged I was offered a commission or warrant officer in the local Army Reserves and National guard about seven miles away. But I just couldn’t see myself in the Army so I drove 80 miles to serve in the Marine Corps Reserve. I went on to make Master Sergeant and then warrant officer. A couple of friends who took the Army commissions later told me they had more respect as a sergeant of Marines then they did as a Lieutenant in the Army


  • Bill 0331

    I have a gut felling that a lot of these comments are all BULL SHIT!! Bill 0331


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