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My son is an HM3 that had returned early from a deployment to Afghanistan. He is talking to me about the differences between the blue side and the green side. I have only been familiar with the green side really. I know the green side is with the marines, and a great great bunch of people they are. I know nothing about the blue side though and am looking to connect with some mom / dads that have been through this before. Can someone help me understand the differences and how he will move from one side to the other? He really wants a career in nursing and is going to pursue the Navy as a career. 
thanks in advance for any help you can give.
Kathy Mom of HM3

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Is he a corpsman? How was he connected with the green side? Has he gone to A-school? What did he do in Afg. these questions will help us to give you right answers.
he is a corpsman and did go to A school in Chicago, he is an HM3. He was in records before they moved him to deployment. He was assigned with a battalion that saw a lot of action although his platoon not as much. He was injured and came home early. Now recuperating.
I have been talking to some marine parents, who are really great, but I really want to connect with some Navy moms, cause I am clueless.
Well it seems I'm the only one here at the moment and I'm the one who really has no answers for you on this. Blue side is what we think of as Navy, being on board a ship. How they switch from one to the other I'm not sure but there are women here who can give you answers. So just hang tight someone here will help you.
thanks for your help. I think he opted out of C school right away because none was open that he was interested in so they chose FMTB.
thanks for trying to help, do you have a corpsman son or daughter?
Green side is where the corpsman works with a Marine Div. and Blue side is where the corpsman works on the Navy side on a ship, or in a Navy Hospital or Clinic. They can move back and forth depending upon the needs of the Navy. Hope your son is recuperating well. Best wishes.
well dang Vettespace I could have said that I thought the question was a bit more tricky than that, LOL , LOL,LOL.... I know that's what I get for thinking, right. Oh well....
Thank you, i just was not sure how they switched or if it was something they could do themselves. I guess I will learn
I am the Mom of a blue side person, after FMTB and all that good stuff.
It all depends on his orders for his next duty station, so first off, let's get him well, all my best for that achievement, then the Navy will give him new orders. If he has a chance to attend some career counseling sessions, he will have a better Idea of the path he should take.
Does your son have any Idea how soon to expect orders.
my son was in BUD's aaaand was forced to drop in hell week. The only jobs thry have open is undesignated airman or seaman. He choose seaman and wants to strike for corpman? Eventually he wants to be a corpman for the Marines. So sounds like he will be getting his orders in a few weeks. Go to G.L. for 2 weeks for seaman and than strike for Corpman. Can enyone recommend the best route?
Ray Ray, are you saying that your son was in training to be a Navy Seal ? But rang out in hell week?
That sounds awesome that he made it that far. I know Kyle has great respect for those that tried. I only know the green side, and Kyle was trained at Camp LeJeune.
Ray Ray, we are all civilian Navy Moms, we are not equipped to give career advice, the Navy will make people available for him to talk to. Allot will depend on test scores.
Where is he at this time.


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