Originally Posted by beastmode986
Guys remember I'm only 14. So it's foolish to say I'm not cut out for either one. I have friends that want to join with me. Do they still do a buddy program? Who does more fighting? If its the marines than why does the army have more casualties?
The army generally has more casualties for a number of reasons.
First and foremost, they're the bigger branch, so they have more people overseas. More people in harm's way = more people harmed.
deployment rotations and length of deployment. The army deploys and redeploys more rapidly, and for longer periods. Same formula as above. More time in harm's way =......
Different attitude. This is usually because of the above situation. More time in harm's way = complacency.
Different mission. Army is more of an occupational force. Doing more boring guard duty, convoys, crap like that. This affects attitude.
The Marine Corps is more of an expeditionary force. This affects attitude, time in harm's way, rotations, and number of people on the ground.
A strange analogy, because I'm all about weird analogies, is this...
The army is like a bull dozer. Gets a lot done in a long amount of time, literally changing the landscape if need be. using a lot of resources, heavy metal, and takes a hell of a beating, but keeps on working.
The Marine Corps is like a muscle car. In and out, fast, loud, and damn good looking. Get the job done, wait for the next race. Watch the paint, and take care of the moving parts, because you only have so many replacements. One main job = precision warfare. We aren't designed nor organized for long occupations, only to fight the battles and move on to the next objective.