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I have worked with all the services frequently during my career. I see the ups and downs in each service. The Army seems to have the biggest attitude towards itself though. I would like to hear thoughts as to why Soldiers seems to talk bad or dislike the service that I love. Some may disagree this is true, but I do not think I am off base by stating this.

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Do you think it is possible for the Army to ever show the universal pride in service that the USMC does?
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Sgt Aaron Kennedy, MS
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I don't think it's a comparative lack of pride in so much as it's the way it's "focused."

In the Marine Corps, we are very focused at the "Corps level" when it comes to pride. Just being a Marine. We don't really have "Unit" or "Branch" pride in the same sense that the Army does. But Marines talk smack the same way the Army does. we have our "haters" but being a much smaller service, and being much more geographically isolated also limits that exposure greatly.

But back to the Army. I think the Army tends to be much more "diversive" when it comes to culture. Legs vs Airborne, Ranger vs Ranger Qualified, Cav vs whatever Cav goes against. Then you get into the Units themselves, each with their own DEEP history and traditions. And then Branches, which I really have a hard time wrapping my head around. All we really have is Ground vs Wing... and we still deploy as MAGTFs.

This is just an outsider looking in.
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SPC Jackson Stevens
SPC Jackson Stevens
3 mo
My dad an Infantry Officer was Commander, Air Troop, 2dACR. The Cav Officers were always saying, “If you ain’t Cav, you ain’t shit.” My dad was quick to respond, “that means if you are Cav, you are shit.”
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SGT Jim Wiseman
SGT Jim Wiseman
2 mo
Gotta agree Sgt. Aaron... I, as an Army Infantryman gotta love my Infantry brothers over in the Marine Corps! It's all good since we all served, and in this day and age, volunteered. As for Cav... They always say they keep the "Queen of Battle" from getting raped, but I also know that tankers tend to say, "When in doubt, shoot a scout!"
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“Cav vs whatever Cav goes against” Hilarious!!! We pretty much got along with everybody.
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SPC Leland Keller
SPC Leland Keller
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It has been my experience that when tanker get stuck in a mud hole that need to be drain, or the infantry need to cross rivers or mine fields who does everyone yell for the Engineers to come save their hides. From the Sapper to the Combat Heavy Engineers troops we have done it all.
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GySgt Robin Boggs
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Marine boot camp is a transformation process. It may seem superficial, but Marines are EXPECTED to project a certain image when wearing the uniform; their success is reflected in their individual evaluations throughout their careers. Does this universal expectation exist in the Army, or is it up to the individual or the unit? I remember seeing a group of loud, chubby young women in BDUs hanging out and thinking to myself they would look just as at home in the ghetto except for the uniform. The transformation (basic training), the organization's expectations, and the image that the service members project all have a part in the input (recruits) and output of a particular branch of service. Maybe the Army just doesn't expect enough, so it's left to the individual soldier--some of whom are superstars.
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SPC Keith Rayeski
SPC Keith Rayeski
5 mo
I know and work with both, as well as retired air force, one retired navy and one retired coasty.....there's no difference, but the uniform.
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SP5 Ronald Williams
SP5 Ronald Williams
4 mo
My son is a Ranger and very proud of his status. He strives to be the best of the best. It has been my observation that some posts such as Benning & Bragg are real army, while others are career prep for a civilian vocation. Let's face it, the army, overall has become soft except for infantry & special ops (Rangers & SF).
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Cpl Clifford Hager
Cpl Clifford Hager
4 mo
I believe the difference is simply in semantics, but intentional in Marine Training. When you join any other branch of the service you instantly become a soldier, sailor or airman. But when you enter Marine boot camp, you are simply "Private", "Recruit", or perhaps "Turd" (at the discretion of the Drill instructor) until you graduate, and only then do you EARN the title "Marine". You have to BECOME a Marine and it's drilled into you daily. You earn it, it is not a gift or a given. Any time you work hard and earn something by your sweat and perseverance, your pride will always be greater then simply walking into a title with indifference. It's not to say that other basic training programs are not difficult, but other branches teach you what you need to know to perform your job, while Marines require you to achieve a coveted goal, even for those of us drafted against our will. Yet as much as I didn't want to be there at the time, I was exceptionally proud to have the Drill instructor pin on the Eagle, Globe and Anchor and say "Congratulations Marine". Nobody else does that.
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A1C Alexa Cosson
A1C Alexa Cosson
2 mo
It's called Esprit de Corps. It's pride in self, country, service. Anybody can have it. All should, regardless of the uniform! From an Airman, Semper Fi to my God, country and all who defend them!!
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CSM Michael J. Uhlig
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We like to say we empower our Junior Enlisted, the USMC actually empowers theirs....why do we hold back the rank of CPL, while the USMC has it as a normal progression for them....are we scared to trust our subordinates? When is the last time you've trained with a Marine unit or been on a base, it is constant training - all day, whether combatives, weapons, shooting, more weapons......we have to remember what our task is, and when we get away from our mission which is to kill the enemy (not wearing fluffy socks)......
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Sgt Jude Eschete
Sgt Jude Eschete
7 mo
According to MCO P1400.32D W CH 1-2, minimum regular promotion requirements.
Pvt -> PFC: 6 months TIG/6 months TIS
PFC -> LCpl: 8 months TIG/9 months TIS
LCpl -> Cpl: 8 months TIG/12 months TIS/Cutting Score Req
Cpl -> Sgt: 12 months TIG/24 months TIS/Cutting Score Req
Sgt -> SSgt: 27 months TIG/4 Years TIS/Board Selection
SSgt -> GySgt: 3 Years TIG/6 Years TIS/Board Selection
GySgt -> MSgt/1stSgt: 4 Years TIG/8 Years TIS/Board Selection
MSgt/1stSgt -> MGySgt/SgtMaj -> 3 Years TIG/10 Years TIS/Board Selection
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PFC Garion Hines
PFC Garion Hines
5 mo
Oorah,Semper Fidelis.
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Cpl Clinton Britt
Cpl Clinton Britt
5 mo
In the Marines, we hold NCO billet well before we pick Cpl up. Once we pick up Cpl we are normally moved the next leadership bullet. For ex: in a grunt unit, I have never seen a Cpl team leader it has always been a E-3 and a E-4 was a squad leader. That seems like 100 years ago
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MGySgt Joseph Magyar
MGySgt Joseph Magyar
5 mo
while i was on recruiting duty a Major (army) was rifted by the army. He asked what rank he could get in the Corps. After being offered GySgt (E7) which de accepted. He came back to talk to me and stated that as a Gunny he had more authority as a Gunny then as an officer in the army. This authority and responsibility given to individuals as a lot to do with the pride that we feel.
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