A friend is looking to serve and feels like the quality of life may be better in other branches but the level of service, respect or pride isn’t the same. Trying to get real opinions from people who have actually done it.
Posted >1 y ago
I was enlisted in the Marine Corps, Commissioned in The Army and served with Air Force (Det 2 AFPBS Okinawa Japan) and the Navy (MNFI Iraq and USS New Orleans LPH-11). Each has something special to offer so it truly does depend on what you are looking for. Yes the Marine Corps was the most disciplined and Army could get you promoted faster but in the end you have to choose what is right for you. I began my career in the Corps for pride, I finished in the Army to make a difference. I never lived better than my tour with the Air Force and being enlisted when I was on the New Orleans, I wouldn't wish that on anyone but I loved working for the Navy and the finest NCOs I have ever had assigned to me in Joint Duty tours were Navy Chief's (one in Iraq and one in Afghanistan).
I have read the other comments and will not repeat anyone! If the individual is serious about selecting a service that supports their needs then that person needs to research and make contact with folks from that service in order to make a more informed decision. I too have an opinion, and of course would be biased toward the Army as I spent 30+ years. Each service has unique traits and characteristics, their is someplace for everyone. Keep this one thing in mind regardless of Branch, the military is serious business, you have to be ready to lay your life on the line for your battle buddy and the United Stars. God Bless and thank you for your service.
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