Marine Corps ranked worst service branch to join, and I love it

This article on Yahoo written by Ron Johnson completely made my day. The writer was asked to rank best military branch to serve in.

He ranks them as:

  1. Army
  2. Air Force
  3. Navy
  4. Coast Guard
  5. Marine Corps (Worst Military Branch)

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Part 1 of “My time in the Corps.”

Hey, guys!

Here’s Part 1 of “My time in the Corps.” It’s a series I’ve been wanting to do for a while, so here’s the first episode.

I’m hoping these prove to be some quick stories that are enjoyable, and which provide some lessons for both the Marine Corps and life in general. (At the end of each one, I’ll share some lessons I learned from the event.)

With that, let’s roll! (Note: You can watch the video and save your eyes, or read on below if you get sick of my voice and face! lol. Both the video and blogpost below are the same.)

Beginnings: Checking into my new unit (and facing my toughest adversary)

I want to begin this series by talking about one of the most memorable moments of my life.

I’ll skip talking about Boot Camp or the School of Infantry which followed, since there are many books and television shows about these experiences. My impression is that the public has a pretty good idea of how they work. But just as importantly,  nothing really stood out from those two events, so why don’t we just jump to the good stuff?

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A few quick things…

Hey, guys!

Hope everyone is doing well! I wanted to share a few quick things.

christmas-clip-art-free-large-imagesFirst, don’t forget that Christmas is just around the corner. It stayed warm well into November this year, so it’s slipping up on us faster than normal. But that doesn’t change the reality. And I know most guys start shopping for it about two weeks for now. But having said that, let me say, “Guys, don’t do that again this year.”

Can’t you remember the long lines, crazy parking lots, and “out of stock” signs you saw last year? You know, the ones that caused you to drive across town to the other store with the long lines and crazy parking lots? Hey, I’m guilty of it, too. So, start brainstorming now and at least compile a list in the next few days of what you’re buying for whom. And, maybe start shopping next week, instead of two weeks from now. : )

Trust me, you’ll thank me if you jump on it a week earlier this year.

Speaking of shopping, I’ve got to put out there the obvious: my books make excellent gifts Sold Out_Coverfor some of those on your list. Especially veterans! So if your father, brother, nephew, sister, mother, or niece served, I’m pretty sure they’d enjoy Sold Out, the first book in the Nick Woods series. The tactics are realistic, the pace is fast, and the book has more than 400 reviews, having spent much of the past four years in the Top 100 in its genre.

Plus, Sold Out is only $10.99, ships in plenty of time for Christmas, and they’ll even gift wrap it for you. Not to mention, you’d be supporting a veteran and all-around good guy. I think. : )

I also wanted to mention that if you’re going to be buying something at Amazon for someone, I’d really appreciate it if you came back to this page and clicked the Amazon banner in the upper-right corner. By using that link, a small percentage of your purchase will go to me since you used my referral link. It’s not a lot, but it can add up. And it’s a great way to support my journey. : )

Finally, I wanted to end the post by saying I’m going to be starting a series of posts called, “My time in the Corps.” These will be funny or inspirational stories, which will also teach some valuable lessons, I hope.

I’m going to be posting these about every two days — at least, that’s the goal. I also plan to do them in two formats: here, in written word, and also on YouTube, on my channel. So, if you’d prefer to save yourself some reading, or just prefer to hear me tell them, you can subscribe!

Semper Fidelis,

Stan R. Mitchell

P.S. People always ask how they can best support me as I attempt to reach my dreams. Besides telling people about my books, there are two easy ways: First, you can buy me a coffee, if you’d like. Just click this PayPal link and make a small contribution. : ) Or, you can use the Amazon link on the upper right corner when you shop with Amazon! By clicking the image to go to the Amazon homepage, a small percentage of your purchase will go to me since you used my referral link. It’s not a lot, but it can add up. Thanks so much!!!

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Stan R. Mitchell, author and prior Marine, is best known for his Nick Woods Marine Sniper series, which has remained in the Top 100 on Amazon for more than three years. The series has also been picked up by Audible.com for a multi-book audio deal. Additional works include a Western thriller, detective series, and World War II story.

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Let’s send some love to this soldier

I was going to write a Thanksgiving post naming 100 things I was thankful for. And I was going to challenge my followers to name ten, as well.

It would have been heartwarming. It would have been appropriate for the holiday. Every thing would have fit nice and neat.

But then I came across this post: America today.

I can’t tell you how much I relate to the feeling of being lost and lonely that Mike shares in his post. Mike is a former soldier who was forced into medical retirement. He is a veteran with 11 years of service, who served as an enlisted infantryman in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

He was medically retired for traumatic brain injury and other related conditions.

I have been following Mark’s blog for nearly two years now and he’s the real deal. And like most vets who get a heavy dose of the green machine, he’s been struggling to adjust to civilian life. With nearly two years under his belt, it seems as if he’s having as hard a time, if not harder, now.

Speaking for myself, I’ve been out nearly 20 years and there are still days where I’m struggling to adjust. And I’m 100 percent confident I saw a lot less combat than him, and that my own struggles with adjusting to civilian life are far less for two reasons.

First, I chose to get out.  Whether that was the right decision or not, I’ll never know, but I chose to get out. Mike didn’t have that option. He was forced out due to injuries.

Secondly, he served three times as long as I did, and saw far more combat deployments.

At any rate, let me get to the point: Mike has just gone through a divorce and a custody battle, and he seems to really be struggling right now. (You can see that for yourself in his post I linked above.)

I know what it’s like to go through a divorce, and live in the basement of a couple generous benefactors, with barely a dime to your name. I know that cold, dead feeling that arises when you find yourself back on square one, with nothing but packed boxes, incomplete furniture sets, and pictures that you wonder what to do with.

Mike is a warrior, and he will fight his way through this. I firmly believe Mike will eventually find love and happiness again, and that he will slowly but surely adjust and fit in better in this thing we veterans call the civilian world.

But he’s not there yet, and he’s not going to be there in three months or even a year from now.

And so I have this request. I’d love for you to take a couple of moments, click on the link, and leave a comment for Mike. Thank the man for his service, and tell him you’ll say a small prayer for him and the hundreds and hundreds of others just like him.

We can’t help everyone, but this is one small way we can help at least one veteran. Let’s spread a little love before we gather with our own families for Thanksgiving.

I’d love nothing more than to see ten or twenty comments on his post a day or two from now. (He currently only has five.) Even better, I’d love it still more if you share this post and encourage your friends to leave a comment, as well.

You don’t even have to put your full name. Just your first name (or a fake name) and a comment sending the man some love. Let’s help Mike build himself up, so Mike can help his fellow soldiers build themselves up. And just like that, we can start a small ripple that has the potential to grow and grow.

So there you have it. Yes, I’m guilt tripping you. Yes, I’m asking you to click a link and leave a comment. And no, I don’t think I’m asking too much.

Here’s the link again: America today. Read it if you have a second, but most importantly, scroll down and leave a comment if that’s all the time you have. And please consider sharing this post. Let’s blow Mike away with the response! Can you imagine how awesome it would be if he got a thousand comments? I think we can do that. I think you can do that.

Now, please do your part. : )

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

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Stan R. Mitchell, author and prior Marine, is best known for his Nick Woods Marine Sniper series, which has remained in the Top 100 on Amazon for more than three years. The series has also been picked up by Audible.com for a multi-book audio deal. Additional works include a Western thriller, detective series, and World War II story.

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