#AskAMarine Twitter Chat with 1stLt Gabriel Adibe
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (December 17, 2015) – 1stLt Gabriel Adibe has always been committed to his community. He enlisted in 2004 because he saw the Marine Corps as a way to give back as a member of our country's elite fighting force.
1stLt Adibe eventually pursued a commission and attended college while continuing to serve. Today, 1stLt Adibe is involved in several community programs and is currently preparing for deployment to the Philippines where he will serve as a Public Affairs Officer at the ?U.S. Embassy in Manila. On Thursday, December 17, 1stLt Adibe joined United States Marine Corps Recruiting Command on Twitter to answer your questions and talk about what it's like to earn the title Marine.
What was your reason for joining?
I wanted to serve my country and serving in the Marines stood out in my mind.
I heard that the Marines were the best, and I wanted to be a part of that.
What was the hardest part of your training?
The toughest part of recruit training was being away from family and friends and being in a new environment. When you go through Officer Candidates School (OCS) as a MECEP, you might feel like you know everything, but there is still a lot more to learn.
How did you prepare yourself for basic training?
I looked up all the basic training standards and I did my best to surpass them before I went to recruit training.
Did you ever want to quit during training? What motivated you?
I didn't want to quit. I felt like I was being challenged in ways I had never been challenged before. Learning the history of the Marines in basic training and understanding the legacy: I wanted to be a part of that.
How much different is ECP than OCS right out of college?
Being prior enlisted, you have experienced a little more than you would straight out of college about the Marine Corps.
Is going from enlisted to officer worth it?
It was worth it to me. As an officer, you have a stronger ability to influence the Marines under your charge. I think it is rewarding to be able to set the tone for your Marines and watch them excel.
What are some responsibilities of a Public Affairs Officer?
We're Marine Officers first. As Public Affairs, we have a responsibility to tell the Marine Corps story to the public. We do this in a myriad of ways, like working with the media, community relations events and speaking opportunities.
How does deployment benefit your career and personal growth?
Deployments allow you to become a well-rounded Marine Officer as well as a well-rounded individual. They allow for opportunities that you wouldn't normally have on base that really challenge you and force you to grow.
What has been the most rewarding experience you've had in the Marine Corps?
In 2004, I served on a humanitarian assistance mission in Indonesia & the Philippines as a logistics chief. Being able to see the positive effects that the Marine Corps had on those affected by the tsunami was tremendous.
How does the Marine Corps change your life?
The Marines gave me a sense of belonging and a purpose that I never had before. Through the Marines, I have been able to volunteer and participate in things I probably wouldn't have had as a civilian. It instilled greater discipline in my life. Through humanitarian assistance and deploying, it gave me an opportunity to travel and broadened my view of the world. Being able to face those different challenges made me stronger as a person.
The Marines give me a sense of direction, and I've been able to meet some amazing people along the way.
Dec 21 2015