how to choose. Marines or Army

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  1. bschu14
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    So this is my first post here and I have been checking out this site for a while and love it, Very informed people, some not so much, But for the most part you get a straight answer.

    ANYWAYS,
    I have wanted to join the military all of my life, its kinda a family thing. but i have family in every branch and doing everything imaginable.

    Heres my question,
    It seems that the marines and army are very similar, of course i know the armys bigger and that the marines are a more amphibous infantry but how does one choose between the two. whats the big factor that sets the marines apart from the infantry, to me they seem so similar

    Part two,
    I have always been kinda a rough guy, i dont mind a fight and i certainly hold my own.
    how do i know weather the army or the marines are better for ME... not in general

    Thanks to everyone
    -BS
     
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    Go Coast guard. (If you think you are trying to join a branch because you can"certainly hold your own" you are going in for the wrong reasons.) Just my 20 year mlitary career 2 cents worth. Good luck young one.
     
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    Join the Revolutionary Guard of the American Islamic Revolution under the command of His Holiness, the First Shah of the United States, Barrack Hussein Obama :thup:
     
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    Simple.

    If you want to go infantry then join the marine's

    Anything else join the Army.
     
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    There is nothing similar about the Marines or Army. They both hold a completly different culture. No matter what job you choose in the marines you must go to MCT before you go to your MOS school to learn the basics of infantry style combat. So not only do you go to 13 weeks of Boot Camp (Compared to the Army's 9) but you also get 4 weeks of combat training at MCT (Which the Army does not do) (8 weeks if your infantry) and then your MOS school. Then there are the sustainment requirements. The Marines have a harder physical fitness test with an extra mile on the run (Marines 3 miles / Army 2 miles) and an additionally required bi annual field physical fitness test which some dread more than the bi annual pft. In addition, the marine marksmanship standards (up to 500 yards and 4 fireing positions, with the kd course and 2 field fireing course of fire) are WAY harder than that of the Army ( supported position with targets up to 300 yards away) and you must take a yearly swim qual (which the army does not do). Furthermore, if you do not advance in the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program it seriously hinders you ability to get promoted. Whereas the army has no such program requirement. Moreover the culture is much different! The Marines dont advertise benefits, job skills, and college, because it only wants people that want to be there for no other reason but to serve their country as a United States Marine. This is evident in the Commercials you hear on the radio, bilboards, tv, posters, etc. Whereas the Army advertises military benefits. Then theres the deployments. The Marines get all of the hot places in Afghanistan and Iraq. I could go on forever but the marines have a coultre of killing and the Army has a culture centerd around ensuring the comfort of the service member. But you must choose for yourself. If youwant to join to serve in combat as I did then more power to ya!

    The difference is from day one! The Army lacks motovation and intensity

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_TlXlo1YUQ]YouTube - ‪Marine Corps Receiving Vs Army Reception‬‏[/ame]


     
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    Rank advancement is slower in the Marinrs then the Army
     
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    I agree with what you said but your vid sucked. Come on, marine induction center vs. female army induction center? Really? Come on.
     
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    Oh and again, join the damn Coast guard. They have the highest Asvab requirements for a reason. Coastie or Air force is the way to go.
     
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    Thats because of a number of things. Mainly the retention rate is higher so Marines exit at a slower rate than the Army. This helps ensure that the fella that is your boss in combat actually knows his shit and isnt just a guy who holds a rank that needed to be filled because of a loss of man power and they had no one else more qualified to give it to.
     
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    Thats not a female induction center. In the Army they have both male and female drill sergeants no matter what the gender of your platoon. In many forts the army has bi gender platoons. They do this by putting them on different floors of the barraks.

    This is fort benning Ga where the army trains its infantry. Notice the female drill sergeant.

     
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