Why did JD join the Marines?


JD Baker joined the Marines shortly after high school, influenced by several factors. He and many of his friends from Huntington, West Virginia, where joining the military was seen as a practical way out of their small town. For JD, the decision was also spurred by a specific incident with his father after a baseball game. This disagreement led him to visit the Marine Corps recruiting office directly upon returning from the game, marking a pivotal moment in his life 1.

JD also mentioned that despite his father's initial disapproval, the Marines presented an appealing option to travel and get paid, which added to his decision to enlist 2 3.

A Life-Changing Decision

JD shares how a disagreement with his dad led him to make a pivotal decision that changed the course of his life, leading him to join the Marine Corps.

Jocko Podcast

Jocko Podcast 363: The Principle Weapon Is The Mind. Read, Study, Learn, with JD Baker.