My son is going to be a Hospital Corpsman and wants to end up being a medic with the Marines. I understand that this training will be hard. He is so proud to be going for this purpose and I am so proud of him. He gets upset when he tells people what he is going into because he has people say " Oh you are going to be a bed pan jockey". I have told him that some people are just stupid and that if their life was on the line they would want him around. His recruiter also told him how important his job will be. He was discouraged because he really wanted the Nuc. program and he tested high enough for it but he is color blind. I told him that he is going for one of the most important jobs in there.
Every job in the Navy is important. Some jobs are tougher, more dangerous, but when it comes down to it, especially on a ship, if everyone didnt do their job the missions would not be successful. He should be proud that he is eligible to serve, and wants to. Of all the age group that is eligible to serve only 17% of them can actually qualify to serve. (that % may have changed) Best of luck to your son, dont listen to what people tell you unless they have done that job themselves. Corpsmen are very respected in the military, as his time goes by and he gets experience and more knowledge in his field, they call corpmen "doc" but it is earned.
He shouldn't sweat it. He'll soon acquire his own repertoire of labels to assign to fellow shipmates.
I'm guess I'm saying that the ribbing and rivalry is part of the job description. Worse, they never grow out of it. They will still be calling each other these things when they are members of the American Legion or VFW.
Thank you so much. I am going to print this off so I know what he is talking about! I love it