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9/7/10 8:45 AM
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I'm thinking of joining the military but I don't know which branch to join. i'm leaning towards the Navy though because i wanna travel and see the world. What are some Pros and Cons for each branch?
9/16/10 11:22 AM
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you can get plenty of travel in either branch, the Marine Corps is smaller, a lot of emphasis on small unit leadership, we dont sell jobs to potential applicants, you have to want to be a Marine first. you can do just about anything in the Marine Corps that you can do in any other branch of service. except for medical field.

you have to ask yourself why you want to join the military, all the tangible benefits like education, travel, financial security, you can get anywhere.
people become Marines for the intangible things. Pride, self discipline, the challenge. do your research.
9/16/10 12:16 PM
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 Interesting, thanks man. Will do.
9/20/10 8:57 AM
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 this is a really good site for info  http://usmilitary.about.com/
12/4/10 7:05 PM
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MikeFL152 - ...people become Marines for the intangible things. Pride, self discipline, the challenge.


Don't get me wrong I've met alot of great Marines but they're just like any other branch. You have maybe 10% that are the epitome of what the professional soldier (Marine in your case) is supposed to be, 10% that are complete fuck-ups and shouldn't be allowed to be a burger boy for McDonald's let alone be given a weapon and allowed to represent the U.S., and the majority are somewhere in between.

Most people join the military for the benefits like education and travel you mentioned... Most people who join the Marines do so, so they can say they are a Marine, not because they really want to be a Marine.
12/5/10 8:05 AM
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 agreed
12/5/10 11:31 AM
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MikeFL152 - ...people become Marines for the intangible things. Pride, self discipline, the challenge.


Don't get me wrong I've met alot of great Marines but they're just like any other branch. You have maybe 10% that are the epitome of what the professional soldier (Marine in your case) is supposed to be, 10% that are complete fuck-ups and shouldn't be allowed to be a burger boy for McDonald's let alone be given a weapon and allowed to represent the U.S., and the majority are somewhere in between.

Most people join the military for the benefits like education and travel you mentioned... Most people who join the Marines do so, so they can say they are a Marine, not because they really want to be a Marine.


I came in with the intention of only doing 4 years. I wanted to see if I had what it took to be in the Corps, then get out and go back to school.

I think they do a really good job of marketing "are you up for the challenge", because it always brings in a fresh group of young people with Type A personalities. With that said, I feel bad for some of those guys who think the Marine Corps is going to completely change them 180 degrees and make them tough guys, because if you didn't have the backbone to stand up for yourself or have the ability to push through something challenging then your platoon members will see that and will eat you alive. I've seen guys get bullied for 4 years straigh, and looking back I find that really sad.

For me it was fun, it gave me a sometime to mature and get all that craziness out of my system before moving on. I still keep in contact with some of the guys in my platoon. I think I came out a better person, it helped me focus my aggression in less criminal ways. LOL! If it wasnt for the Corps I would be dead or in jail. Now I'm a manager at a fortune 500 and living fairly well.

Everyone joins the Corps for various reasons, and Im sure everyone who comes in knows the dangers they could be facing but many never look at thier attributes before coming in thinking the Corps is going to completely mold them but in the end you are who you are.

Take a look at yourself and answer these question.

Are you really willing to die to save others peoples lives or to ensure that your enemy dies?

Are you really willing to kill someone?

Can you work in a team? By team I mean give your all to your members and trust that they will do the same for you.

Are you good at taking verbal commands, senior Marines hate repeating themselves?

How well do you deal with stress? Can you think on your feet

How is your physical conditioning? You need to keep up with the pack, physical conditioning in the Corps isn't just about your personal best, its about not being the slowest man.

How's your marksmanship, does guns going pop stress you out or make you feel panicky. Go to a shooting range and take some classes and see how you feel shooting, and get yourself used to it. Some guys go in think it would be all cool and shit, but realize they hate the loud startling noise.

How do you handle screamers and yellers? Most Marine SNCOS love to punish in public.

How well do you do with standing up for yourself verbally and physically? If you cant do either, then some guys might not find that as a weakness.

Just a few things to think about before signing a contract and thinking you'll become superman in Dressblues banging all the ladies.
12/21/10 12:06 PM
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What do you regret about the Corps? What was your MOS?
12/24/10 12:37 PM
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MegaFox671 - I'm thinking of joining the military but I don't know which branch to join. i'm leaning towards the Navy though because i wanna travel and see the world. What are some Pros and Cons for each branch?


If anyone you ask starts this thread with something other than "it depends," run, don't walk from them.

It's really hard to answer a question like this without knowing more about you. 

Personally, I was in the Air National Guard (guard component of the AF) for six years and for the past one year switched to the Army side of the guard.  Both have been great experiences for me.  I joined the military somewhat "old" (24) and if I had it to do again would have joined the AF active duty at age 18 and gone guard after my first enlistment.
 
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As a recruiter I can tell you how it works on our end. I'm with the army and we bs with all the other recruiters. Army Pros - you get to pick your job, so you know what you do before you go. - can get up to e3 without college before you go to basic. - the most college money of any branch 80k. Cons - just like all military you can't try it out beforehand and you can't quit when you don't like it. It's all a preference. You need to look at what branch offers you what you want. I looked at all branches before I joined and almost went Marines. I didn't go due to the facti was told I had infantry in my contract and it wasn't anywhere there. I didn't sign. My buddy called me up and asked if I wanted to go Army and I checked it out. I got infantry in my contract and went with it. Each branch has it's ups and downs. I can tell you the worst is Air Force. Nothing against them but their programs suck. If you get a job and a basic training date and another kid comes up with a higher score that wants your job, he gets it. That leaves you in limbo and without a job or date. I haven't heard of any branch doing that but them. Marines can offer to be a Marine. I personally liked the idea til I didn't get to choose my job. If it's a name that appeals to you then go. Navy is basically the same. However there are certain jobs at certain times they can offer in a contract. Other than that it's all up to you. My advice? Don't trust anyone. Not even me. I say this to everyone I talk to so they can get in their minds that there are crappy people out there that look at you like a number. If you get lied to it's your own fault. Research everything and make your OWN decision. Phone Post
1/2/11 4:13 AM
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I think Navy is the best choice Traveling around the world in graceful manner.
1/26/11 7:48 PM
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BTW in the Marine Corps you will choose a job field. but remember, you have t fully qualify before it can be given to you. enlistment details are basically the same for any branch..the BS about "they cant guarantee you a job" blahblahblah is crap. just remember, this isnt the fucking job corps.n if you just want a job, go somewhere else. the Military is about more than just getting a job and benefits, as a recruiter i will not hesitate to tell someone NO is i dont truly believe they have the heart.

I also BS with the other branch recruiters, so i know about all the lies that are being thrown out there.
1/29/11 6:43 PM
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And that's why all my old marine buddies hated it. Oorah cooks...give me a break. Phone Post
1/30/11 4:04 PM
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if they hated it they joined for the wrong reasons. no offense to your buddies, but they weren't promised a fucking rose garden.
1/31/11 12:48 AM
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im with ya. i know ive hated some field day thursdays lol. there are very few ive met that actually hated it period, some ppl have their arguements over certain things, we all do i guess. most of them also realize what the Marine Corps has done for them and what type of person they've become, and are somewhat grateful.
1/31/11 8:17 AM
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I just see it as doing something you will enjoy. why join to get thrown into something you hate when you can choose a job that you have a better chance of enjoying? Phone Post
6/7/11 12:31 PM
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You can pick your job in any branch... If you do join go OTS (officer training school) get your school done and get paid a shit ton more ( a second lt makes more than a senior nco). Personally I would say go air force mainly because I'm in the air force. But you really need to look at all the branches and decide what's good for you. This isn't something you can just quite when you find out you don't like it. Minimum time in is four years and even then you have four more reserve status after that. If something like world war three was to happen they know they have people they can call back. Same with six years there are two tacked on the end. The good thing about that is in that reserve status you can still get on any base and shop the bx or px or whatever. You can even join active duty for 3 years or so and either cross train to another job or go guard or reserve after that. Also tuition assistance is great it's actually gone up, you'll have to look at the numbers I don't know them of the top of my head. Just be sure you really want to join. It's like getting a tattoo on your face, you have to be fully committed. Phone Post
6/7/11 3:19 PM
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Just because you are in doesn't mean you know how the recruiting aspect works. The airforce recruiter picks your job. I thought I could give advice as well when I was in the real army. Recruiting is a totally different world. I'm glad you enjoy doing what you do. That's what it's all about. But you need to know what you are talking about to give good solid advice. Army and Navy are the only places that allow you to choose jobs. On rare cases you can choose them in the other services. But it's far and few between. Like the Marine guy said above, if you join for the job you joined for the wrong reasons. I disagree with it, but that's what they look for. People who just want in. I personally liked choosing what I did. no point in joining something that you will be miserable for 3-6 years... Phone Post
6/7/11 3:57 PM
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Thats true. Phone Post
6/8/11 12:03 AM
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Marine Corps will let you pick your JOB FIELD if: 1) you qualify for it ( ASVAB/Physical) and 2) there are "boatspaces" available for the time frame the person is shipping.
7/6/11 12:34 AM
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I was a cook in the Navy.

"Under Siege" was based on my life. Phone Post
7/6/11 7:45 AM
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Master seagull? Is that you? Phone Post
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Im n navy
Navy has good schools, will station u near the coast.
If u cant get n coastguard, then u better go navy---airforce will put u n the middle of nowhere and army/marines doesnt sound fun at all. Phone Post
1/18/12 3:03 PM
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Louisvillain - Im n navy<br>Navy has good schools, will station u near the coast.<br>If u cant get n coastguard, then u better go navy---airforce will put u n the middle of nowhere and army/marines doesnt sound fun at all. <img src="/images/phone/apple.png" alt="Phone Post" border="0" style="vertical-align:middle;"/>


Why would you pick the CG over the Navy though.
1/18/12 8:23 PM
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Louisvillain - Im n navy<br>Navy has good schools, will station u near the coast.<br>If u cant get n coastguard, then u better go navy---airforce will put u n the middle of nowhere and army/marines doesnt sound fun at all. <img src="/images/phone/apple.png" alt="Phone Post" border="0" style="vertical-align:middle;"/>


Why would you pick the CG over the Navy though.
Why would you pick a faggot branch that doesn't have infantry? God damn pussies! Phone Post

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