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    Free USMC hydration pack


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    who couldn't use a free hydration pack? hopefully they don't send a recruiter to my door.

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    Free?!? I dont' think so. It's not free. Pre-paid might be a more accurate description. If it was a real military issue Camelbak, I might consider accepting the bag (especially since I already paid for it and all). However, it looks like a junky Chinese knock-off and not really tempting even if it was free (which it's not).
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    I just requested some info... I hope I get one... Hey, free is free...
    I'll just give it to the girlfriend...

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    Filling out the form for free crap from any branch (Marines, Army, Navy, Air Force) puts your name on a list of people for the recruiter to call. No they won't knock on your door, but expect a call or two.

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    What about a bogus phone number?

    Do they not send the stuff until they've talked to you?
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    Free USMC hydration pack, we just ask for a little of your time....
    4years of it

    NOTE: I have 2 friends that are inactive USMC so I'm just bustinn chops

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    i'm 40 years old, overweight and have 1 eye. i doubt they'll send me one.

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    Has anyone recieved one yet... You guys think its bogus??

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    Just filled out the form.. will see if I get one. =)

    Phil.

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    I filled out the form about 5 days ago. hasn't shown up yet.

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    Some are reporting on the other link posted that they have recived thier's after a week or so, I signed up, I always like talking to jarheads....6 years prior service in the Navy...lol

    Hell, with the job market in Michigan and now that I have a degree, maybe they'll over me a commision...who knows. They may hold the fact that I was Navy, I might have to get dumber to qualify for the Corp.

    Actually I love the Corp....they watched my Submarine when I would go on liberty...
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    My dad used to be a recruiter for the Air Force...just tell them you have bad asthma when they call to recruit you and they will never call again.

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    I got a phone message from the Marines on my answering machine. No hydration pack though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daveIT
    My dad used to be a recruiter for the Air Force...just tell them you have bad asthma when they call to recruit you and they will never call again.
    Or you can just tell them your fruity(no disrespect intended),that will stop a marine in their tracks!

    I was in the Navy for 4 years(USS Iowa BB-61) and the Army Reserve for one and now am 41,but I hear the Army is getting desperate for fresh meat,even if it's old meat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CRed
    Or you can just tell them your fruity(no disrespect intended),that will stop a marine in their tracks!

    I was in the Navy for 4 years(USS Iowa BB-61) and the Army Reserve for one and now am 41,but I hear the Army is getting desperate for fresh meat,even if it's old meat.

    Ah, a well armed target!! I was an FT.
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    Ahh,you were a submariner then?I could never do it,I took a tour of a sub that was moored along side us and there's no way I could spend 6 months under water in one of those things.

    Chris

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    I'm a teacher and requested the Advisor information.......I don't teach kids old enough to enlist, but they have brothers/sisters, and I should be knowledgeable........free hydration pack won't hurt either.

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    Just got mine...

    Ya know, it's time they stop making these music player pouches large enough to hold CD players.

    Oh well, I just velcro mine to my helmet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kyle2834
    Just got mine...

    Ya know, it's time they stop making these music player pouches large enough to hold CD players.

    Oh well, I just velcro mine to my helmet.
    what do you think of the pack?

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    Pros:

    Several zippered storage compartments make it easy to organize.
    Tube can be directed to either side.
    Tube unscrews from bladder for easy cleaning.
    Lightweight for its size.
    It says MARINES on it, I'm such a f***ing badass... :]

    Cons:

    There isn't any kind of padding for the back or straps.
    Cheap bladder (though it does function), small opening about the diameter of a soda can.
    Bladder smells like it will make the water equally....tasty.
    It just doesn't stick to my body as well as my Camelback Mule. (I'm 5'8 145lbs, slim)

    It works, anyone that doesn't have a hydration pack has no excuses now! (unless of course they don't send you one...)

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    Odered Mine

    put in the request about 1-2 weeks ago (as a "mentor" - I think)... no pack as of yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kyle2834
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    It just doesn't stick to my body as well as my Camelback Mule. (I'm 5'8 145lbs, slim)

    Being that slim you'd have trouble having a piece of duct tape stick to you...haha..J/K

    I was 5'9" 145 when I went to bootcamp, came out at 156 and 9% bfi
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    Got mine in the mail today. Not bad for $0!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TooManyTacos
    Got mine in the mail today. Not bad for $0!
    How long ago did you fill out the form...?

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    I think I filled it out early last week. I signed up for information on being a musician.

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    Filled in my info 2 weeks ago, 7 yrs National Guard prior service.

    At the end of it all, it said Thanks! Contact our Prior Service Recruiting Station in California!

    I guess they don't really want an ex-National Guardsmen!


    Got the pak today though!

    No recruiter calls yet!

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    Filled mine out today. I already get calls and crap since my brother is in currently in the Marines.

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    Just adding to my post of 10 minutes ago...

    Found a note in the shipping bag when I was throwing it out...

    "Thanks for your interest in the Marines, but we only accept recruits between 17 and 29"...

    So, fill out the form with an age over 29, and you get the pak with no hassles!


    For once, it's better to be OLD!

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    suhweet...I'm now in my mid-30s...free pack, no hassles?

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    i filled this out about 2 weeks ago....nothing yet!

    i'm an assistant scoutmaster of a boy scout troop, i have a few kids there that would be genuinely interested in any materials that i can pass on to them from the marines.

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    nuttin here either and I live just a few miles from the address they have listed

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    I love it

    I thank I enlisted in the Marines 27 years to late.

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    Im 30 and filled out mine awhile back ...no pack at my house yet .. anyone over 30 recieve one yet ?

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    i just called my house got it today !!!!!!!!!!! so ignore my other post or delete .

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrekJeff
    I always like talking to jarheads....6 years prior service in the Navy...lol

    They may hold the fact that I was Navy, I might have to get dumber to qualify for the Corp.

    Actually I love the Corp....they watched my Submarine when I would go on liberty...

    You're cool...

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    I received my pack yesterday, and I think it took about 2 weeks total to receive it. I got one recruiter call about a week ago and he left a message, but no other calls.

    Good points: the bladder seems pretty good quality, and where the hose screwss into the bladder is a gasket so it should minimize leakage from there. There is built-in on-off valve where you bite, so you just twist to let water out or to close it shut.

    Bad points: Actual bag is pretty cheezy. It's solid enough, but no padding whatsoever on the back. There is only a chest strap, and no waist strap which means expect the pack to move/bounce around a lot. Bladder opening is about 2.5 inches across, making it harder to wash inside, and to fill up with large ice cubes.

    All in all, not bad for free. I might give it to my nephew once he's old enough to ride a bike!

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    Just joint the free list

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    Since I wont be at my house for a few weeks ....can anyone tell me how many oz of water the bladder holds ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TX_Shifter
    Just joint the free list

    heh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pebblehoppertj
    Since I wont be at my house for a few weeks ....can anyone tell me how many oz of water the bladder holds ?
    About two liters
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    Just recieved my pack today

    took about 3 weeks and fortunately nobody called. I guess using a fake name and phone number paid off.

    Helluva good pack for the price.

    edit: I'm over 30 and I think I checked off the box under "parents/mentors" or something like that.

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    2 weeks, no pack <--teh sad

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sasquatchcycles
    2 weeks, no pack <--teh sad
    same here

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sasquatchcycles
    2 weeks, no pack <--teh sad
    Nice avatar.

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    Got mine a few days ago. I replaced the water bladder with the Polar Pack bladder. I'm sure there are better options out there; however, like others have said, nothing beats free!

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    hey post up a pic of the hydration pack, i'm curious about it. i'm already in touch with the local Marine Corps recruiter so i doubt any new phone calls from me, well unless he calls to tell me I'm a cheap bastard after free stuuf (which is completely true)

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    Got mine today. =) Filled out the form 2 weeks ago.. don't have the exact date... It was sent from NJ and I'm in CA.

    I'm 36 and was told I didn't meet the age requirement both right after I filled out the form and in the letter that came with the pack.

    I actually like this pack. Very light and looks petty good. 3 zipped compartments and one open. The large zipped compartment has various dividers within it. The hydration pack is 2 litres and it looks like it'll work well enough.

    Shoulder straps are mesh so it should be cool.

    I can see myself using it on shorter rides that I won't have drag my Dakine Nomad around. =)

    Good deal!

    Phil.

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    submitted my info now lets see if the recuruiter calls to tell me I'm a cheap bastard.

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    I filled mine out 3 weeks ago... Still no pack...
    I'm glad everyone is getting theirs!!

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    Mine showed up after a two or three week wait. It's so-so in terms of quality of design. Can't beat the price and I will do free advertising for them even if I am too old to enlist myself.

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    haha....well they just called me to confirm my address. i guess that means mine will come soon.

    Well they wanted to connect me to a recruiter and i told them not now.

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    The Army National Guard had free t shirts but it turned out that it's only free if one talks to a recruiter. Not so free anymore...ugh, salespeople.

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    got mine. literally took 4 days from when i filled the form. i said i was a parent with a kid who was interested. maybe that got me priority.

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    I wrote the same and it took a looong time but I did eventually get it. I think I will save it to give as a xmas gift

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    I registered today...

    we'll see what happens.

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    I registered about 6 weeks ago... Still no pack...

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    I was thinking of getting a USMC jersey just to shut up the occassional knuckle-dragger I encounter. Maybe the backpack will work, so I just sent for it.

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    This offer is supposed to be for those that have a genuine interest in the Marines.

    I am prior service (Army) and since I now do not have a genuine interest in becoming a Marine I really should not be applying for this.

    With the amount of money that the military has to spend & with a war going on, I don't feel right about misrepresenting myself. This isn't free! Taxpayers have to pay for this! I'm sure that the Marines could better spend their funds on something else rather than me lying to them.

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    You have to be joking

    I spent four years in the army and I filled out the info and got the Hydro pack. Lets get real, everywhere you wear the pack you are advertising the marines. The defense department wastes boat loads of $'s in many ways this is not one of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by denmikseb
    I was thinking of getting a USMC jersey just to shut up the occassional knuckle-dragger I encounter. Maybe the backpack will work, so I just sent for it.
    So you're just a poser eh? I'd love to be there when a real Marine Sempers you and you have no clue how to react, then she kicks your azz
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    Let me start by saying, you can do what you want. I'm talking about myself, not about you or anyone else.


    The text on the link says;

    "To learn more about the Marine Corps and locate a Recruiter near you, complete this form. Your local recruiter can tell you about the opportunities and advantages of becoming a Marine"

    Am I interested in becoming a Marine? I'm not. If I fill out that form, I'd be misrepresenting my intentions. What I'm really looking for is something for nothing.... & I'd be lying to boot. I will not be known as a person who lies.

    Quote Originally Posted by daisycutter
    IThe defense department wastes boat loads of $'s in many ways this is not one of them.
    You may be right, I don't know. But I do know that I'm not going to help them to waste their money on me.

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    any pictures of this thing, it may be free, but id rather spend 60 bucks to get one i like

    edit, i just seen a pic, and its ugly as hell
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    well I got three of these things !

    me
    wife
    roomate

    I pay taxes so no worries !

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    Quote Originally Posted by den9
    any pictures of this thing, it may be free, but id rather spend 60 bucks to get one i like

    edit, i just seen a pic, and its ugly as hell
    not sure what pic u saw. it is actually pretty sweet looking. problem is it has no ventilation

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    Quote Originally Posted by moontz
    not sure what pic u saw. it is actually pretty sweet looking. problem is it has no ventilation
    Be sure to let the recruiter know that, I'm sure they'll take that into consideration
    The wood is being bent! Let me know what you need!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrekJeff
    Be sure to let the recruiter know that, I'm sure they'll take that into consideration
    too late. i just signed up for the navy. we'll see what the marines offer next year and I may switch over

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    For extra curricular activities I put down boozing. Hope I still get it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by moontz
    too late. i just signed up for the navy. we'll see what the marines offer next year and I may switch over

    Congrats!! No worries, the Marines are in the Department of the Navy.

    I spent 6 years there as an FT on Subs, what program did you sign up for?
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    trying to decide between the SEAL team or just be a cook

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    lol....you have to have a rating regardless if you are a SEAL, EOD, SBP, on Subs or on a target (surface ship).

    Trust me, you don't want to be just a cook, my younger brother was a MS, hated it. Do something with electronics, heavy equipment, or mechanics. That way if you go SEAL you can still have a job when you get out. There are too many young men getting out of the Army who served as infantry. Sure they can kill you 200 ways to Sunday, but have no job skill set.
    The wood is being bent! Let me know what you need!

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    im 99 percent sure he was kidding
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    Quote Originally Posted by den9
    im 99 percent sure he was kidding
    this is true... although i meant no disrespect to the armed forces. just being a dork

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    WOW..for a sec I thought I was talking to Steven Segal
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    As long as you're paying taxes, it's not free.

    Ordered mine just now, but I may have spelled my name wrong.

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    What are you whining about, you maggots!?
    Now drop & give me 20 + 1 for the Corps!
    I'd better not see your little Sally Rottencrotch wearing one of these fine pieces of Marine Corps wear!

    Oooh Rah & Semper Fi!

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    I got info on the Marines and a poster but no pack

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    maybe a career

    I Learned how to kill in the Marines from 1980 to 1985 Grunt But I never got to apply my trade. O'well I guess it's good to no Semper fi

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    Got an info pack in the mail with a letter, magnet and a CD. But no "hydration pack", as they call it.

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    I got the same stuff as Schmucker, an info booklet and a big 3.5x2.5 ft poster.

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    Same as Azndude51 and others: info pack and poster. F'ing government. Can't close the borders, can't win a war, can't mail a hydration pack. Time for a revolution!!

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    I got a poster as well. Damnit

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    Yeah, if they're not going to deliver the product as promised, they should at least take it off their website.

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    Integrity??

    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain Cycle Shawn
    Got an info pack in the mail with a letter, magnet and a CD. But no "hydration pack", as they call it.
    I thought part of being a Marine was having the integrity to follow through on your promises and to finish what you started. I wanted the info and hydration pack for my girl friends son, who is at the age where he is thinking about what he is going to do after graduation. I can't imagine that they would promise these packs and not send them to us. What kind of message is that sending to someone who is thinking about joining the military?, especially during these times!

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    Over the last few weeks I have read various posts on this thread, and I think it is time to add my two cents. I appreciate the fact that people are looking for a good deal or a freebie (who turns down a good deal?), but I think a lot of the posters need to find some common sense as well as an understanding of the bigger picture.

    Various posters have asked questions such as "will recruiters call me?" (of course), or does this add me to some sort of list (absolutely!).

    Others have commented on the quality of the gear (the bladder is not so good..) or that they received a poster instead....

    The aforementioned questions are rather trivial in the whole scheme of things. The better question is why is our government and the USMC specifically, giving away such a thing? The obvious answer is that in a democratic government that does not have obligatory military service, recruiting willing individuals can be very difficult.

    Recruiting (as other posters have stated) is a difficult business. I ask this: do not make things any more difficult for the recruiters. If you are 100% sure you will never join the service than don't request a pack (its the least you can do for this country). If you might be interested, even a little bit, go ahead and enjoy...

    This is difficult time and it will require all of us to prevail, even if we help in very little ways...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Goobs
    Over the last few weeks I have read various posts on this thread, and I think it is time to add my two cents. I appreciate the fact that people are looking for a good deal or a freebie (who turns down a good deal?), but I think a lot of the posters need to find some common sense as well as an understanding of the bigger picture.

    Various posters have asked questions such as "will recruiters call me?" (of course), or does this add me to some sort of list (absolutely!).

    Others have commented on the quality of the gear (the bladder is not so good..) or that they received a poster instead....

    The aforementioned questions are rather trivial in the whole scheme of things. The better question is why is our government and the USMC specifically, giving away such a thing? The obvious answer is that in a democratic government that does not have obligatory military service, recruiting willing individuals can be very difficult.

    Recruiting (as other posters have stated) is a difficult business. I ask this: do not make things any more difficult for the recruiters. If you are 100% sure you will never join the service than don't request a pack (its the least you can do for this country). If you might be interested, even a little bit, go ahead and enjoy...

    This is difficult time and it will require all of us to prevail, even if we help in very little ways...
    That's all nice and stuff, but, they are going to make a certain number of these packs, and when they are gone, they'll be gone. If they are not all given away they'll be sent off to a third world country to be given away (not saying that's a bad thing), where the marketing power of them is useless, as far as recruiting goes. Now if the marines were worried about people not interested in joining the Marines getting these packs, they would have done something about it and made it harder to get them. They really don't care who gets them because whoever gets them is marketing for the Marines, and it's good marketing. I am guessing they are gone and now they are sending info packs.

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    I got a voicemail from a recruiter now too. He was with the army, wtf. Is the marines sharing my information now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain Cycle Shawn
    I thought part of being a Marine was having the integrity to follow through on your promises and to finish what you started. I wanted the info and hydration pack for my girl friends son, who is at the age where he is thinking about what he is going to do after graduation. I can't imagine that they would promise these packs and not send them to us. What kind of message is that sending to someone who is thinking about joining the military?, especially during these times!
    Are you seriously bashing the marine's integrity because they didn't send you a free hydro pack...? Where did yours go? And anyone who joins the military for schwag like backpacks shouldn't be in it, anyway...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Azndude51
    I got a voicemail from a recruiter now too. He was with the army, wtf. Is the marines sharing my information now?
    Quote Originally Posted by f3rg
    As long as you're paying taxes, it's not free.

    Ordered mine just now, but I may have spelled my name wrong.
    I bet 1/2 of the folks here are in low teens and good potion of adults who never gowned up. MTBR.com is full of crap. This thread is just a good example for many.

    Next year even more tax $$ will be spent on recruiting and advertising so you all can get free stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stumpy_Steve
    Are you seriously bashing the marine's integrity because they didn't send you a free hydro pack...? Where did yours go? And anyone who joins the military for schwag like backpacks shouldn't be in it, anyway...
    Lets say you are 16 years old. It's a hard time in life for boys. The hormones are raging, you have an attitude like you know it all. There is a lot of peer pressure to do drugs, have sex and all kinds of ther things. Your getting close enough to graduation to starte applying to colleges, if that's the rought you want to take. This is just like my girl friends son, an average 16 year old who is trying to fiqure out which dirrection to take after high school. He thinks the military is an option, a slight option, but an option. I am in the process of building him a mountain bike so we can ride together. I saw this thread and thought it would be a good idea to get him the info about the marines he wants and get him a hydration pack so he can ride with me. I don't need the pack, I have three camelbacks already. It's not a good time in a kids life to make promises and not follow through.

    If the pack does come, he'll look into what the marines have to offer him. He may join, he may not. At the very least, he'll use the pack, have fun riding with me and the marines will get some inexpensive marketing. And, he and I will write a letter to the Marines thanking them for the hydration pack.

    If the hydration pack doesn't come, I am going to have to tell him: The Marines didn't send it. He'll ask why, and I'll have to say,"I guess they lied to us". That is something I don't want to have to tell him. If I were him I would think to myself: Gee, if the Marines can't have some integrity and follow through on their promises, then who can I trust? We teach him to have integrity, don't lie, and to do the right thing and make good choices.

    So , if the pack doesn't come, I'll be pissed and your god damn right, I'll bash the organization as a whole, not individual soldiers, every chance I get! I love him like he is my own son, and if you screw with him, the very least you'll get is a good bashing.

    Don't forget, these hydration packs are bought with our tax money. That would be like your wife asking for money to buy you something, coming home and saying, "sorry, I used the money to buy something for me instead".

    But I'm sure the pack will come, so no bashing yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ozvena
    I bet 1/2 of the folks here are in low teens and good potion of adults who never gowned up. MTBR.com is full of crap. This thread is just a good example for many.

    Next year even more tax $$ will be spent on recruiting and advertising so you all can get free stuff.
    Point 1: maybe, next year, more tax $$ should be spent teaching people how to write.

    Point 2: so long as the Feds are taking income tax out of my pocket, I'll take any "freebie" I can get. Except healthcare, 'cuz that's beyond retarded.

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    I was 16 too and I did not have nearly as much stuff or freedom these kids have now days. I think the issue with hormones, attitude, peer pressure, drugs, and sex can be fixed by removing some freedom and resources these kids have. It is our mistake for providing them with that.

    It is great that you are helping this boy! Kudos for that!

    However you are wrong with your statements like:

    "I guess they lied to us"

    "Gee, if the Marines can't have some integrity and follow through on their promises, then who can I trust?"

    "So , if the pack doesn't come, I'll be pissed and your god damn right, I'll bash the organization as a whole, not individual soldiers, every chance I get! I love him like he is my own son, and if you screw with him, the very least you'll get is a good bashing."

    Please realize that this thread and the thread from FatWallet was read by almost 30,000 people! Now multiply it by number of other threads all over internet and for friends of friends who emailed regarding this "deal". That is a big number. Do you expect that there is 100,000 hydration packs at $10 each + $10 for shipping, handling and packaging material. That is 2,000,000 US dollars.

    You are not naive that they would spent that much, aren't you?

    Why don't you tell this to the 16y old?

    I think the only mistake they did was not telling "while supplies last" on the web.
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    Quote Originally Posted by f3rg
    Point 1: maybe, next year, more tax $$ should be spent teaching people how to write.

    Point 2: so long as the Feds are taking income tax out of my pocket, I'll take any "freebie" I can get. Except healthcare, 'cuz that's beyond retarded.
    Sure, but only, as you call them 'retarded', can complain for not getting the hydration pack.


    I also suggest that some tax $$ is spent on moral education:

    Quote Originally Posted by f3rg
    Ordered mine just now, but I may have spelled my name wrong.

    What are you afraid of? Just tell the recruiter that it was paid by $$ from your pay check and to get lost. Boo....scared?

    Bad boy!

    I love it how you complain about taxes but support spending on something you do not agree with by consuming these goods or services.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ozvena
    I was 16 too and I did not have nearly as much stuff or freedom these kids have now days. I think the issue with hormones, attitude, peer pressure, drugs, and sex can be fixed by removing some freedom and resources these kids have. It is our mistake for providing them with that.

    It is great that you are helping this boy! Kudos for that!

    However you are wrong with your statements like:

    "I guess they lied to us"

    "Gee, if the Marines can't have some integrity and follow through on their promises, then who can I trust?"

    "So , if the pack doesn't come, I'll be pissed and your god damn right, I'll bash the organization as a whole, not individual soldiers, every chance I get! I love him like he is my own son, and if you screw with him, the very least you'll get is a good bashing."

    Please realize that this thread and the thread from FatWallet was read by almost 30,000 people! Now multiply it by number of other threads all over internet and for friends of friends who emailed regarding this "deal". That is a big number. Do you expect that there is 100,000 hydration packs at $10 each + $10 for shipping, handling and packaging material. That is 2,000,000 US dollars.

    You are not naive that they would spent that much, aren't you?

    Why don't you tell this to the 16y old?

    I think the only mistake they did was not telling "while supplies last" on the web.
    All they have to do is pull the web page off when the packs are gone. It's not a hard thing to do. Or, like someone else said, "while supplies last". Another very simple thing to do.

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    WOW, what a bunch of cheap, candy-arsed, whining babies... As a Marine Corps Veteran I'll just remind you folks that need it that we are the branch known for doing more with less. Improvise, Adapt, and Overcome... these are things our Drill Instructors preach to us because we go into service knowing fully well that we are likely to NOT be supplied with everything necessary to accomplish a mission. Unlike the Air Force who has the largest budget and the Army who gets the really neat toys we get to go to war with Vietnam era leftovers. Does it suck if you didn't get a free bag for filling out a false name? Sure, I can see it to some extent, but grow up and quit whining. You didn't get a free bag but apparenty hundreds of other people did. Do you have any idea how many Marines are in harm's way at this very moment without the gear they need? And for the teenager who didn't get one, life is full of disappointments, if something this minor changes the course of his life than you need to work on his fundamental beliefs and not worry about what Uncle Sam's Misguided Children did or didn't send for free.

    Sorry but this thread really saddened and disgusted me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain Cycle Shawn
    I'll bash the organization as a whole, not individual soldiers, every chance I get! I love him like he is my own son, and if you screw with him, the very least you'll get is a good bashing.
    When you do receive the recruiting propaganda, read it and you will learn that:
    If you bash the Marine Corps, you bash the Marines that are the Corps.

    FYI, you will NOT find one soldier in the United States Marine Corps but the US Army is full of them.

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    I ordered and received my pack, I passed the "Proud Parent of a Marine" stickers and magnets to a coworker who had a son deployed to Iraq.
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    No hydration pack for me either, but as a former Marine parent, I really liked the new refrigerator magnet and bumper sticker. I'm on the look out for another Marine parent to gift them to.

    I teach in a high security prison for 18-25 year old males and I'm always on the look out for motivational posters to display in class. As cool as the Marine poster is, I know the the Corps would never consider any of these guys enlisting. I'm not sure what to do with it.
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    I got my free hydration pack and have no intention of volunteering for any form of armed service. I'm 27 years old, hold a college degree, and in good enough shape to be a member of an armed service, however I have no interest in volunteering.
    I don’t see what the issue is with accepting these packs, the reason being the crazy amount of money the military spend each year on advertisement. I remember when I was in college and the recruiters where on campus every single day with a custom hummer with big chrome wheels, custom paint and a stereo that was easily over 5k. Spending this kind of money to grab a person’s attention so a recruitment pitch can be given. These packs are along the same line as far as they come out of an advertisement budget. Since I have been wearing my pack I have had several folks ask me about the marines everyday (I share the same haircut with you devil dogs) I point them in the direction of the marine website (not the free pack site) and go about my way.
    In summary I think those that say we shouldn’t take a free pack from the Marines who will most likely benefit from us wearing them, need to relax. The best advertisement the corp. can make is not from a pushy recruiter, but from an average Joe who says “here’s the fact's decide for yourself”

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    alm80....just call Mountain Cycle Shawn and explain him why his 16y old friend will not get his pack. Tell him that you got it.

    Also why do you complain about crazy money while accepting a part of this crazy money. This is crazy...
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