Careers: Military--Army, Navy, Airforce, Marines, Coast Guard/Deployment details


Hi Jason, I would like to ask a question regarding the process of deployment.
I am a writer who was commissioned by a film company to adapt the story of a man's journey as a Marine, specifically going from boot camp to his first deployment. They intend to submit this to the Sundance committee so I'd like to be sure that it is  accurate.
Would you be able to explain the process in which a Marine would be deployed to Iraq. Specifically how and where would he depart from his hometown (a commercial or military airport)
I realize it may be a somewhat vague question but I appreciate any information you can provide.

As an aside I'd like to thank you for your service. I have the utmost respect for those who serve in the military.

Vince, I apologize for the delay in answering!   Computer issues...hopefully now repaired.

I can tell you that Marines almost never deploy as 'individuals'.  He would go as a member of an entire unit.  They would go out en masse, from either a civilian or military airport.   I believe the Army and AF do it the same way, for the most part.

There are exceptions, but that is the general rule of thumb.

Hope that helped!


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Questions relating to US Marine Corps; rank, awards, uniforms, career choices. I can also help people spot and expose fakes (people pretending to be Marines or have awards they didn`t earn). Considering the Marines as a career? Or another branch, like the Air National Guard? Drop me a line. HOWever..know that I am NOT a recruiter. I can offer my expert opinion and advice, but can't (and won't) over rule what a recruiter says, they are the 'on duty' expert.


Infantry Rifleman, MOS 0311: 3 years. Marine Barracks Security (Marine Barracks, Annapolis, Maryland(not Embassy Duty): 3 years. Parachutist: MOS 9962: Got my wings in August of 1984. Intelligence Specialist: MOS 0231 10 years working as an Intelligence Analyst with a Fixed Wing Fighter Squadron, Force Service Support Group, and at Headquarters, Marine Corps. Field Radio Operator: MOS 2531. Served as a Platoon Sergeant in a Communications Platoon assigned to MEU Service Support Group 24 (Special Operations Capable). Did a hitch in the Army reserves as an 11B (Infantryman), 3 years. Finished out my career in the Air National Guard as a BioEnvironmental Engineer MOS 4B3X1, did that for a few years. I"ve been collecting and selling Marine Corps and other military uniforms, medals, and field gear since I was 8 years old.

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