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    Cpl. Tipp: Professionalism Shapes a Marine

    Cpl. Tipp: Professionalism Shapes a Marine

    Photo By Lance Cpl. Aliannah Bartok | U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Annina Tipp, a Meteorology and Oceanography Command (METOC)...... read more read more

    U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Annina Tipp admits there was a plethora of things she didn’t understand about the Marine Corps. However, as Tipp neared the end of her high school experience, she knew she had to make a decision about her future. It was apparent to Tipp that job hunting in her hometown of Denver, North Carolina, was a ceaseless disappointing task, and that college was something she was not yet ready for. The military seemed like the best option.
    Tipp didn’t decide to join the Marine Corps until after her junior year of high school. Marine Corps recruiters told her about Esprit de corps, and being a part of something bigger than oneself. It was then that Tipp had found the answers she was looking for.
    “I didn’t know females were allowed in the Marines,” said Tipp.
    Tipp, a 6842, Meteorology and Oceanography Command (METOC) analyst forecaster with Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Cherry Point, North Carolina, said she was looking to be a professional, and to do a job to the best of her abilities. She said she learned how to be hardworking from her mother and wanted to emulate her. Tipp saw that instantly in the recruiters at her school. Tipp said she had a cousin who had gone to boot camp just a few months before she did, but her insight was based solely on what her recruiters had to offer.
    Tipp said that the camaraderie found in the delayed entry program gave her strength and the assurance that she meant something to her recruiters, and she met some of her best friends there. Their dedication to her success set the standard for her drive and motivation to pursue the title Marine.
    Tipp joined the Marine Corps Sept. 10, 2018, at the age of 18.
    “I love the [recruit] training that we go through,” said Tipp. “Even though it sucks at the time, you make the best memories in it.”
    The corporal said she has grown in multiple areas to include public speaking, interpersonal communication skills, along with recognizing growth, confidence and decisiveness. Additionally she expressed she wants to be an advocate for other Marines, because of instances that happened in her childhood.
    Tipp plans on reenlisting for another term. Afterwards she plans to work at an animal sanctuary tending to animals in need, around the Smokey Mountain range.
    I wouldn’t change anything,” said Tipp. “I would still want to be in the Marine Corps. If I wouldn’t have done it, I would have missed out on something my heart wanted. Something in me wanted to do this. I knew this was a goal of mine, and it’s definitely been the greatest achievement so far.”
    (U.S. Marine Corps Story by Lance Cpl. Aliannah T. Bartok)



    Date Taken: 05.13.2021
    Date Posted: 06.04.2021 15:42
    Story ID: 396327
    Location: NC, US

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