Any former or active military please help!

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by Jake15, Apr 19, 2012.

  1. Jake15

    Jake15 New Member

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    I'm 16 years old, and I am 100% sure that i'm going to enlist, and i'm sure it will be marines, but none of my friends and family think I should go with marines. They all say I should go into one of the other branches but I feel that marines are the only way to go. I wanted to ask the members here that are former and active military, of all branches, why you choose whichever branch you went into, and if you could do it over again would you still go into the same branch, or choose a different one? Please, all help is appreciated!
     
  2. silverado113

    silverado113 New Member

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    I'm a retired GySgt that's a E7 in the Marines. Each branch has it's own unique challenges, but all the pay and benefits are the same. It depends on what type of person you are and what you want to do later in life. I loved my time in the Corps and miss it a lot since I haven't been retired a year yet. If you don't like to work hard join the Air Force. If you want to do something in the nuke field go Navy. In the Corps you will work hard regardless of your job, get paid the same as other service members but wear the baddest dress uniform to pick up all the chicks go Marines :)
     

  3. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    I was Army. But I was stationed at Camp Pendelton for a while. That is a marine base. I was also at Ft. Lee for a while. There are several different branches there as well. We all made fun of each other on a regular basis. But the truth is I would be proud to serve with any of the branches. I would simply talk to different recruiters about the specialties you are interested in.
     
  4. Ranger-6

    Ranger-6 New Member

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    The Air Force will actually treat you like a valued human being. It take good people with high intelligence to keep those planes in the air.
     
  5. silverado113

    silverado113 New Member

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    So I guess you were Army..lol. "takes" is the correct word, but I'm just a dumb Marine...lol
     
  6. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    Um, pretty sure the Army, Navy, and Air Force all have planes. Not sure about the Marines.
     
  7. silverado113

    silverado113 New Member

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    Yep we have C-130s, F18s and Harriers.
     
  8. Mason609

    Mason609 New Member

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    I was Army. I joined them over the others for the simple fact that my grandfathers and godfather were Army. Plus, the Army recruiter had a sense of humor I could relate to.

    As far as deciding which branch to join, that's something only you can do. We can all tell you the merits of our chosen branch, and why we think you should join it instead of another, but that would be based mainly on opinion, not fact.

    Like Silverado said "It depends on what type of person you are and what you want to do later in life" -- very true. Depending what you want to do after you get out of the service, really depends on what job you want to go for in the military, and that would limit which branch you go into. You want to do something with medical, go Navy (all the doctors I have ever had used to be Navy doctors, except for when I was in the Army -- Navy docs are better). You want to go with computers or electronics... Navy or Airforce. If you don't like the water, well, the Marines wouldn't be a good choice (nor would the Navy, but that was a given).

    If the job doesn't really matter to you, but you want something steeped in Honor, Pride and Tradition, I say go with the Marines (yes, this is coming from a former Army Sgt). They also have better looking uniforms.
     
  9. XxChino13xX

    XxChino13xX New Member

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    OOORAH GUNNY!

    I enlisted in the Corps, loved every second of it. But I'm not a "grunt"/0311. I enlisted into logistics/0411 instead, but got stationed with the grunts in 3rd Battalion 2nd Marines(3/2, V32) in Camp Lejeune. As soon as I checked in, a week later we were deploying to Okinawa, Japan. Got to do some traveling around the globe, goto combat, spend some time on a Naval ship going to and from Kuwait and Iraq. It was a great experience, if I could've re-enlisted I definitely would have, just did my four and got out honorably.
     
  10. woody63m

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    I was army and i loved every minute of it i would still be doing it but they made me retire medically i was out of Ft Hood Texas did my tour in iraq and went and got shot up so i cant play army anymore but i think any branch you join will be the best choice in your life

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    Thought you marines would get a kick out of this hahaha
     
  11. Mosin

    Mosin Well-Known Member

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    Woody, thank you for your service and your sacrifice.
     
  12. Sniper03

    Sniper03 Supporting Member Supporter

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    Jake,

    I think the bottom line is like Gunny 113 stated! It depends on the individual person. Your character, personality and what you want to do. What you expect from service and what your future goals are regarding tools to use for your future carrier. We could all give our opinions but it is your call and what you feel led to do. Obviously some branches of service are seemingly a little safer than others as a general rule. For example if you are in the Marines or Army you can plan on being on the ground in a combat zone for sure the way the world is today. Of course I hope and pray it will never come to terrorists coming again to our soil!
    Not that the Navy or Air Force is safe! They are not! No military group that defends our American Freedom and our Country are in a safe occupation by no means. Even including our Fire Fighters and Law Enforcement Officers. I would just say one thing. Pray about it and do what you heart leads you to do! As the guys stated (I was Army) all of us service members gig each other most of the time when we meet with names like Ground Pounder, Jar Head and etc! But attack one member or branch and you have all the members and branches to deal with!
    Good luck on your choice! We will certainly support your decision as I am sure your family will in the future! You must understand it is a hard thing for most all families to see any of their children or loved ones in the family volunteer to go into harms way. That is what military service is all about! To defend your family, friends and citizens from those who threaten our freedom! God Bless You! Jake!
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  13. Jake15

    Jake15 New Member

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    Thanks for the advise, i'm sure i'm going with the marines, and I hope my family will support me in my decision. I still have a couple more years to convince them! And I thank you all for your service to this great country.
     
  14. Yunus

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    I was active USAF for 6 years and I'm in the guard now.

    I did not choose the Army because I felt like I would be a number.

    I did not choose the Navy because I did not want to be on a ship for months on end.

    I did not choose the Marines because I wanted to think for myself.

    I joined the USAF and while the other services are welcome to claim how much better they are, the Air Force treated me pretty well. Quality of life is something the Air Force cares about. You are young and want to join the service that looks the toughest and I say that's great, good luck and thanks for serving. But 10 years from now you have a better chance to have marketable skills if you join the Air Force and are also more likely to not deploy for a year+ in a single deployment.

    The single most important thing you can take from this is that anytime your recruiters mouth is open, he is lying. :D That is true for any branch.
     
  15. dog2000tj

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    Whether you convince them or not if I had it to do over again I would join. I let myself get talked out of it, convinced that college was the best route to go and I will forever regret it.

    You only live once, live it while you can ;)
     
  16. Mosin

    Mosin Well-Known Member

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    I mean to say, thank you all for your service and sacrifices as well.
     
  17. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    wow, a young person thinking about something other than money or video games! refreshing that a younger person wants to join the military and make sacrifices for his country and defend our country. in the end it's your choice and though family members may want you to join a particular branch, in the end, they are your family and they will support your decision as to which one you join. i wish more of the younger generation had yor dignity and courage, to make the decision you are about to make. i also take my hat off to those serving and those who have served in our military. many join for different reasons, but the changes it makes are instilled for life.

    my biggest regret in life was not having the opportunity to join as i had hopes of serving just as many other family members did. due to my medical history, i wasn't allowed that opportunity and over thirty years later, it still bothers me. i do feel so left out when family members and friends are discussing their times spent in the military and feel sometimes that i wish things had been different.
     
  18. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    From my experience with the AF, when they open a new base, they have three priorities:
    New golf course
    Officer's and NCO clubs
    Then the runway.

    The promotions are slower in the AF, but the quality of life is better. (Hint: get your education out of the way first. Graduate, then enlist)
     
  19. silverado113

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    Another 0411 ha, I thought I was the only one. Semper Fi Chino!
     
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  20. silverado113

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    I've seen that soldier's picture when he was carrying like 4 large pizzas too. I'm a contractor for the Army now and there are quite a few of those 300 pound soldiers running around the building. I guess that Army of one slogan was taking about 1 ton.