January 28th, 2009


Questions about the Marine Corps

First off, I want to say that I am so glad I found this community. It's just what I was looking for. :)

I am attempting to write a novel - it originally started out as a NaNoWriMo idea, but I had too much real-life stuff going on, and didn't get to work on it much in November. So now I am trying to do a little bit every day. It's going so far right now, but I am getting into the part of the storyline where I need to know some facts about the Marine Corps. So, I am helping someone here can help me! :)

My first question is about timelines. If a person wanted to join right out of high school, what kind of steps would he take prior to graduation? When would he start PT? When would he go off to basic training? This story is taking place in early 2003, when America first went to war with Iraq, and the character graduates that June. Would it be likely for him to be deployed overseas quickly (within a few months) or would it be longer?

I am not sure if there is a website that has these answers...I did look a little, but once I found this community, I figured someone else out there might know and be able to either inform me, or point me in the right direction. :)

I will probably have more questions later, so thanks in advance for any and all help! ♥
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Female US war reporters in WWII


It's been a while since I brushed up on my knowledge of women serving with and in the US Armed Forces in WWII, so I hope that this is the right community here and you can help me with my questions:

1. Were all female US war reporters and photographers civilians or did some of them hold military ranks? Wikipedia is unclear on the two I just found (Marguerite Higgins and Margaret Bourke-White). In the German version of the entry on Higgins, it's specifically stated that there are still reports saying that the first soldier (instead of person) to enter Dachau after the liberation was said to be a woman. That really confused me because I always thought all the female war reporters were civilians.

2. Did any female US war reporters cover the war in the Pacific? I don't seem to find any but maybe I just don't use the right search words. I'd be very glad if anyone could help me :)

Thanks to everyone who takes the time to answer any of these questions.