A step-by-step guide to joining the 15th MEU(SOC) Realism Unit
1.) Make sure you meet our requirements for joining:
- Minimum Age Requirement: 17 Years old. Those between the ages of 14 and 16 may join our Cadet Corps Here. Those under 14 are not allowed. No exceptions.
- Need to have ArmA 3 installed. Your application will not be processed without a valid Player ID.
- Must own ArmA III APEX
- Teamspeak 3 VoIP Client and working microphone/speakers/headset. You need to hear us, we need to hear you. You will not be allowed to begin initial training without these.
- Ability to attend our at least one, but preferably both most months, of our unit wide events on the First and Third Sundays of each month at around 1900 (7:00pm) - 2130 (9:30pm) Central Standard Time.
2.) Read and Understand the Definition of Realism Gaming:
- The 15th MEU(SOC) Realism Unit is a volunteer unit. By applying, you are stating that a realism environment is how you want to play ArmA III. What we do here is essentially "role playing" that we are members of the military. When involved in official unit activities, you will play your part. Be you a Private, Lance Corporal , Sergeant, or even a Captain or above; or be you a rifleman, fire team leader, or even a platoon commander or above; you are here because realism in gaming is what you want. If you don't wish to participate in this manner, then this unit is likely not the place for you.
3.) Check the current open billets post for a list of open entry level 'jobs' within the Unit.
4.) Fill out our Application Form. Do it right the first time; our recruiting team will appreciate it and your application can be processed faster. If you cannot fill out the application in it's entirety (missing PID, etc.) then don't submit it. Wait until you have all of the required information please.
5.) Wait patiently. We have real lives, real jobs and real commitments to many other things outside of this Unit. Your application will be processed as quickly possible. Sometimes that is an hour, sometimes it's a few days. Please make sure that you have Private Messaging enabled in your user profile. This helps us contact you when we need to.
6.) If you've done everything correctly up to this point then you should see an "application accepted" message on your application, as well as a private message or two giving you instruction on the next steps to becoming a member. Follow these instructions, ask questions when you need to, and have fun!
What training will be required of you:
- After you are accepted, you will be appointed a Recruiter to help you through all the processes in the training pipeline. By submitting your application, you understand that there will be one day devoted to a two hour time period for the Recruit Training Class.
- After completing Recruiting Training Class, you will then have to attend the School of Infantry.
- ITB (Infantry Training Battalion) is a 2.5 hour time block. There are four days in a cycle. All four days must be completed if you are intending to go into any billet that is an 03xx MOS.
- MCT (Marine Combat Training) is a 2.5 hour time block. There are two days in a cycle. MCT is an alternative approach for those individuals who don't necessarily want to take ITB but want to get through the pipeline faster. However, you cannot participate in any billet that is an 03xx MOS if you have only completed MCT. MCT only qualifies you for any MOS that is not an 03xx billet.
Understanding the difference between Reserve and Active membership:
- Active: Able to attend a many Training and Operations. Something to understand before joining is that as an active member in this unit, you will be required to attend Fireteam, Squad, and Platoon Training to maintain vital skills that are not taught in the short time space we have in RTC, ITB, or MCT.
- Reserve: Unable to attend a many Training and Operations. If you feel like you can't commit to additional training after SOI, that's fine - you can request a transfer to the reserve platoon where you can "Fill in" for another unit any time there is an event on, and you want to attend. It's an easy way to stay as a participant, even if not as often as everyone else.