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I'm looking to enlist in June after this next semester, can anyone tell me anything about MOS 2111, duties, ect.? Is it boring, alot of down time, anything?
Depends what unit you get assigned to. Since there is an Armory on every base you can get assigned to lets say Camp Lejune in jacksonville North Carolina and be busy all day fixing weapons. or get stationed on an Air Wing Base like Cherry point North Carolina and maybe fix a couple of weapons a week since the Air Wing only qualifys with thier weapons and don't usually go out into the field with them much.
Think about the down side to what your job will be. Yeah you love weapons but do you really want to spend all your time in the armory lubbing weapons?
in some cases you will be assinged to a unit and be the unit armor and go our on deployments on Ship or stateside.
Or if you show exceptional apptitude you may get assigned to be an armorer for the Marine Corps Rilfe team or the Base Rifle team.
Most jobs in the Marine Corps have down time but it really depends on what your job involves.
Why don't you try and get a job that will take you further into the future when you get out of the service?
Computers? Criminal investigation? maybe Aviation?
Not to harp on an Armorer but I don't personally know any Armorers who did 20 years in the Marine Corps and got out and went to work for Smith and Wesson. Have you seen some of the crap that some of these gun manufactires are selling now these days?
I can hear the line now "I spent 20 years in the Marine Corps to come work for these guys and to assemble revolvers for $20.00 an hour?"
Maybe you can be a Less Baer or and Ed Brown. The Skys the limit and only you can decide what you want to do.
I was a 2111 and, in my opinion, it's as boring as hell. I did a lateral transfer to 0311 - grunts. That's what I really wanted to do anyway. If you like sitting in a room working on the same thing all day, 2111 may be for you. Otherwise, do something else in the Corps.
Thanks I appreciate it guys, that pretty much answered my question. Last one I promise... KNow anything about 0861 Arty FO, or Scout Sniper?
If you want to become an Armorer and you enjoy weapons then do it. I spent 4 years as a 2111 then a 2112 for 8 years a 2112 is what Ninja was talking about far as working for the rifle and pistol teams.
As far as jobs after Ninja is clueless on what jobs are out there. Every federal law enforcement agencey has Armorers most of them are federal jobs GS-10 - GS-13 Yes you may not make the money a computer geek makes but you will have job security.
I know many Marines who have been very successfull after retirement it all depends on how far you want to take it. Best advise keep learning never think you know enough.
Who do you work for now? Sig?
you have 12 years in the Marine Corps are you still active duty?
Are you an armorer now that you are a civillian?
Do you have a Federal job?
Yeah, I love guns and I love workin on them, so I thought 2111 might be something I'd be interested in. I'm looking to be a police officer after my 4 years is up. I want to travel and see some things that I'd never get to see as a civilian and I'd also like to have some combat experience as well. I'd rather not be hookin and jabbin for the next 4 years if I could help it but I definitley want some combat experience. I figured where there's Marines, there's guns and they always need and armorer but I'd also not like to be cleaning guns for the next 4 years if I end up being an armorer so I don't know. I just want to get as much info as I can before I decide on my MOS.
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To anwser your question if your going to be cleaning weapons all the time that would be NO, The only time you would clean a weapon (2nd shop) is once a year that is when all the weapons are completely broken down and you clean what the other can't. If your good you can even make money from the lazy one's who don't want to clean their weapons after they have fired them.
If you go to a 3rd shop you will not be doing any cleaning just strictly repairs.
Right now Armorer are in high demand over sea's working as contrator's for U.S. agencys making close to $100,000 for one years worth of work, tax free.
Yes I work for a Federal agency as an Armorer.
Sigarmorer is right we don't clean the weapons we inspect them and fix them. The Marine that the weapon is assigned to is responsible for cleaning the weapon, except for the ones not assigned to a Marine then you have the new private clean those. That will be you for a while but you'll work your way up.
I was a 2111 for six years and loved it. Think about it this way your in an armory most of the day, depending on your SNOIC you don't have to do as much B.S work outside the armory as other young guys who are getting snatched for cleanup duty ect. Your a little isolated from the rest of the unit during the work day so you can lay low as a young Marine. On field operations you become a very important part of the unit. Marines are about combat operations everything that we do revolves around supporting those combat operations so you are very important considering you can't kill without your weapons of war. Only a certain few people are allowed to enter the armory without being escorted, I was lucky that my SNOIC when I was a young Marine looked out for us. If there was work to be done inside the armory we did it, we cleaned and took care of our own business so when it came to B.S. duties outside the armory he protected us since his thinking was "they didn't come in here and help us."
Another huge aspect is if your activated and sent to a foward area. When I went to Iraq I was an E-5 and became the Armory chief for our Company, and I was also the battalion armorer. It was great we set up a huge armory to Marine corps standards using triple layered razor wire and we were set a couple hundred yards from billeting. Talk about being your own boss... I had three young Marines under me and not one time in the nine months we were there did they have to burn Sh#*t. We got the first word about interesting convoys or operations going in or out, because they had to get crew served weapons from us for them, and we could hop on the op because they like having an armorer with his tools and spare parts a long for the ride just in case something broke. I'm sorry I'm being long winded but any job in the Marine Corps is what you make out of it and like Sigarmorer said I would become a 2111 and then work my way into the 2112 school which is the gunsmithing area of Marine Corps armorers. Anyway I hope this helps.
I pulled 6.5 years as a reserve armorer. There was not a month that went by where I was not ADSW for work since it is impossible to do everything in 48 hours that an armory requires on top of the regular BS entailed with being a firing artillery unit.
Paperwork is the biggest part of being an armorer. ERO and EROSL sheets still haunt my dreams! Don't think for a moment that you'll be sitting around and cleaning weapons. Paperwork, inspections and repairs all the way.
When I reported to my unit they had not had an armorer for about 2 years. Talked about screwed up! Being a PFC and running an armory was not easy. It took me about 2 years to get everything right and that included my own screw ups from having no paperwork instruction. When I left it was running smoothly.
Overall I enjoyed being an armorer and would do it again.
Oh god I forgot about erosl's luckily we had a mimms beotch to do most of the inputting. However filling those things out for ordering parts was so tedious. That was the only thing I hated.
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