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This should be a fun discussion. ;)

Remember that this is Yahoo and it's just an opinion piece re-posted from 2011. Of course since US Army came in No. 1, I am in full agreement with the article's assertion. :)

http://voices.yahoo.com/the-best-military-branch-enlist-in-7622546.html?cat=25

The Best Military Branch to Enlist In

A Veteran Ranks the Military Branches
Ron Johnson

Ron Johnson, Yahoo Contributor Network
Feb 16, 2011

The military is an excellent option for many, if not all, young people. As a veteran, I can say that any full-time, active enlistment in the military is a step towards a promising future for a young person. The military instills discipline and a sense of responsibility, creates self-confidence, provides a steady paycheck, and causes young people to see that the world does not revolve around their tiny little neighborhood or town. I recommend a military enlistment to anyone who's interested, and even those who aren't. If you're confused by all the options, allow me to give you a rundown of the military branches to help you decide which branch of the military is best for you. And if you have questions, don't be afraid to ask. Now get reading maggot, we don't have all day!

#1 - Army Best Military Branch
The Army ranks best among military branches because they continue to offer 2-year enlistments as well as giving recruits the ability to choose their job (known as a MOS) prior to enlisting. Although the government's National Call to Service authorized 2-year enlistments in each branch of service (including the Air Force and Marine Corps), these enlistments are not popular or easy to get. Meanwhile, the Army continues to offer a 2-year enlistment along with good technical jobs for that minimum enlistment. Additionally, Army pay scales are decent and duty stations are located all across the United States and elsewhere in the world. I served under a 2-year enlistment in the 1990s as a Construction Equipment Mechanic (MOS 62B) and am very happy with both the experience and the opportunities that my Army service made available to me. For a young person considering a short enlistment or even a military career, I honestly don't see how they could go wrong by choosing the Army as it is the best military branch to enlist in. Just stay away from grunt positions and menial MOS's like 88M (Truck Driver) or 92F (Petroleum Supply Specialist); otherwise you risk becoming a bullet catcher.

#2 - Air Force
The Air Force is also an excellent choice for those seeking enlistment in the military, but they cannot guarantee a job for the recruit and they do not have 2 or 3 year enlistments. Aside from these two issues though, everything else that the Air Force offers is fantastic. The Air Force is safer than the Army, the jobs are typically less strenuous, and they offer better facilities than the Army or other branches of the military. Ask any military veteran about the Air Force and they'll tell you that their mess halls and barracks are great! Of course in the next breath they'll make fun of airmen for their poor discipline and easy physical fitness tests, but this is just military ribbing. Your choice of military branch should be based on your needs and desires and not inter-service rivalry. The Air Force is highly recommended, just keep in mind the minimum 4-year enlistments and lack of job selection available to potential recruits. For these reasons, the Air Force ranks second in my ranking of the military branches.

#3 - Navy
Even though the Navy places third in my military branch rankings, don't let that deter you from pursuing them. The Navy is a highly specialized branch of service, perfect for those who love the ocean, boats, and adventure. Long voyages at sea and the opportunity to explore destinations unknown is quite alluring, but living conditions are known for being poor. Seamen are packed into their living quarters like sardines and voyages can go on for months at a time without any escape from the ship, so if you're considering enlisting in the Navy, make sure you really want that lifestyle. Outside of the obvious lifestyle adjustments, the Navy offers some very good job choices with great opportunities in the civilian world. And like every branch of the armed service, their specialized job training is free; actually, they pay you! Like the Army, the Navy also offers 2 and 3-year enlistments, much like the Army. If you're pursuing a military career, the Navy is a good choice. Just make sure that you really want to live on a boat for months at a time. For the right person this is a dream. For the wrong person, it's a nightmare.

#4 - Coast Guard
The Coast Guard is a military branch currently controlled by the Department of Homeland Security (as opposed to the Department of Defense, which controls the other military branches). The USCG conducts law enforcement duties as they patrol our coasts and interdict smugglers, and they also conduct search-and-rescur (SAR) operations in our waters. Coast Guard careers do not provide the opportunity for foreign travel and the jobs are not as varied as those offered by the Coast Guards big brother, the Navy. Still, a Coast Guard career or enlistment certainly isn't a bad thing, and it's preferable to a stint in the dreaded Marines. The US Coast Guard ranks low on my list of military branches for a reason, but that's not to say it's a bad choice. I mean, at least it's not the Marines. Speaking of which...

#5 - Marine Corps - Worst Military Branch
Of all the military branches, the Marine Corps ranks as the least attractive choice for this author. Technically part of the Navy, the Marine Corps are the elite war fighters of the United States military. The leathernecks of the USMC are truly fearsome fighters, tough as nails and ready and willing to fight all comers. The Marines turn recruits into stone-cold killers and they make no secrets about that fact. Marines live tough lives, sleeping on board Navy ships, charging through the surf and crawling in the sand with one goal in mind: engage the enemy. Unfortunately, when Marines fulfill their obligation and exit the service, they seem to find difficulty in turning this Marine Corps attitude 'off'. Whereas an Army or Navy veteran will likely adjust to civilian life over time and become softer, Marines stay Marines. Visit any neighborhood in the United States and you will find a USMC flag flying high over someone's house. You will rarely, if ever, see a person flying an Army, Navy, Air Force or Coast Guard flag. While veterans of other military branches tend to relax a little bit as they transition into civilian life, any Marine will be quick to remind you of their unofficial motto, "Once a Marine, always a Marine." I don't know what those Marine Corps drill sergeants are doing to their recruits, but whatever it is, it works.

Is that a bad thing? Well, that depends on your reasons for considering a military enlistment. If you have a strong desire to kill the enemy, the Marine Corps is for you because that is what the Marines do. Either you want that or you don't, plain and simple. If you simply want a challenge, any other branch of the military will provide you with plenty of opportunities to test yourself. Army Rangers and Green Berets, Air Force Pararescue Jumpers, and the Navy Seals all offer extreme physical and mental challenges outside of the Marine Corps. So if you are considering joining the Marine Corps, think long and hard about what that means before going to a recruiter and signing up.

Questions or comments, I'd love to hear them!

Published by Ron Johnson
 

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Only good can come from entering the military. any branch. period. they take immature people and turn them into mature, skilled leaders in many fields. and to me thats a good thing. I support every branch.

I wish I would've joined but with my personality I would've been in lock up after the first person got in my face. I don't play well with folks who think they can intimidate me. They either make me laugh at them ( and then they get pizzed off) or they make me angry. And I've been known to pick females up and throw them against walls when they've made me very angry.
 

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The author is all over the board on his analysis/reasoning and it's seriously flawed.

His 3 major reasons for saying the Army is best.
"the ability to choose their job (known as a MOS) prior to enlisting"
Ummm, you can do that in every branch of the military but that fact was omitted in his analysis of the other branches"

"Army pay scales are decent and duty stations are located all across the United States and elsewhere in the world."
Excuse me but the pay scales in the Army are the same as the other branches. Also, there's worldwide stations for the rest of the branches as well.

"The Army ranks best among military branches because they continue to offer 2-year enlistments"
In the very next sentence he makes the point moot by saying this
"Although the government's National Call to Service authorized 2-year enlistments in each branch of service"
Kind of blew that point.

Now that his reasoning is known to be flawed, I think the list is upside down.

1. Everyone knows the Marines are the best. Enough said.
2. The Coast Guard people have balls. They go out to sea when everyone else comes in. As tough as Marines but don't have as many guns.
3. Navy has the big toys. Subs, Aircraft Carriers, nukes, cruise missiles. How cool is that?
4. Air Force. Lots of nice toys (aircraft) as well but so few get to drive them. Everyone else stares at computer screens.
5. The Army, well... you have strength in numbers.
 

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E.g. 2 of his 3 major reasons for saying the Army is best.
"the ability to choose their job (known as a MOS) prior to enlisting"
Ummm, you can do that in every branch of the military but that fact was omitted in his analysis of the other branches"
Not always.... 25 years ago, If I wanted to work on aircraft/helicopters in the Army or Navy, they will let me pick that MOS and that is what I will get.

The Marines could only guarantee "mechanic" and nothing specific. They said it could be anything, from armament to jeeps, etc.
 

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Funny, of all the branches of men and women protecting this nation he downgrades the branch he rates as the best warriors.

If there's a problem with his opinion perhaps it's because his focus is on what branch gives him the most benefits.

We need them all and all are the barrier between us and our foreign enemies.

Semper Fi!
 

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Not always.... 25 years ago, If I wanted to work on aircraft/helicopters in the Army or Navy, they will let me pick that MOS and that is what I will get.

The Marines could only guarantee "mechanic" and nothing specific. They said it could be anything, from armament to jeeps, etc.
Hmmm. I joined the Marines 32 years ago and got to choose "Aviation Electronics" as a general MOS before I went into active service.

After going to "the spa" (as I called it. I think everyone else refers to it as Boot Camp), I then went directly into schooling for Aviation Electronics. After about 8-9 months of training (and testing), they figure out your specific MOS based on skill/aptitude/testing as well as their needs in the Fleet. I ended up with a MOS of 6324. " Aircraft Communications/Navigation/Electrical/Weapon Systems Technician"
http://marinecorpsmos.org/316/6324-...avigationelectricalweapon-systems-technician/
 

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Depends on your personal goals. My family has been army since we had one here, so was I and damn proud of it. However, I had some Marines cover my ass for hours from a whirley bird even when they were ordered back for fuel and I can tell you I would never badmouth anyone's decision to enlist in the Marines after having my butt saved by their commitment and professionalism. If you are joining the armed services for benefits, a job and a cushy rack apply elsewhere no matter which branch you are considering. Just my 2 cents.
 

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Every branch has a roll in doing something. They all require different kinds of people to do the different jobs. I personally choose the Air Force, in my AFSC we don't know what morale is, let alone spell it (I know people who spell it MORAL).
I will say this that regardless of the branch, you will meet your best friends that you will find anywhere. When you have no family near you, all you have is your friends your friends become your family. And I Love (no ****) and miss 'em from various duty stations.
 

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I am retired after 20 years and 5 days of Naval service (you have to retire on the last day of the month so those a$$holes got 5 free days from me, just saying)! I will agree with the above statements that each has a purpose but here is my $.02 on the subject!

The Army has more ships than the Navy because anything that floats is a ship in the Army.

The Air Force should be a union! In order to assemble a device to drop on a building overseas, read bomb, it takes 3 to drive the forklift (driver with 2 spotters), 2 to lift them onto the assembly table, 9 at the assembly table (QA at each station for putting the different components in it), 2 to put them onto a trailer to be transported to the aircraft, 6 to put it onto the aircraft. In the Navy that is the same group of 5!

The MARINES! I put that into capitol letters because I have witnessed how awesome they are! I seen them repel a riot in a foreign country where several thousand people were rioting and attempting to enter our embassy, several cocktails were thrown, 40 MARINES held them off with rubber bullets and tear gas! That was incredible! They are the most determined group of men/woman I have met, give them the goal/mission and sit back and watch them conquer, they have earned the title "Devil Dogs"!

Pay is equal across the branches, the pay scale is a DOD pay scale not a Navy/Army/whatever scale

Coast Guard - They are the best at shallow water operations and saving lives at sea, they are fearless! As stated above they go out when everyone else goes in (except the Navy because we just go into deeper waters and go faster than the weather)! I have also worked with the Coastie's in the middle east because they were deployed there too, so they are no longer just "brown water coastal sailors".

Navy - I still think the Navy has the best training available, yeah a ship is tight quarters and it is all sailors who live in tight quarters, but I had a bed that was dry, free of bugs/snakes/lizards/scorpions ETC..I also had 4 meals served at sea every day. yes sometimes it was "shit on a shingle" (AKA SOS), or some canned crap that had sailed the seas since Noah was a captain, I have also had MRE's (which by the way I don't see why anyone would complain about this, they are pretty scrumptious IMO). I am confident I am more traveled than most other branches, I have been in over 50 countries at one time or another.

This is my $.02, they are all great careers and each has it's pro's and con's! The neat thing is that one of them would appeal to each individual in one facet or another! So they each have something to offer and together they make us a superpower!:usaflag:
 

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Besides the obvious flaws that were already identified in replies there's a few other things I think are worth pointing out:

To the best of my knowledge NONE of the services PROMISE a job, you enlist with that job (or field until it's finally narrowed down after training and needs of the fleet) as your prospective job, but you can score super hot on ASVAB and enlist as an Air Traffic Controller and fail the training and get bounced and then maybe you end up as a truck driver or engine mechanic or bomb loader.. whatever, it's not the glamorous life you originally intended before you signed the contract.

it's the same with Army enlisting people to go to Ranger school and Navy allowing guys to enlist with ambitions to join the SEALS, I can't say for certain it's still this way, but USMC does not allow recruits to enlist to Force RECON. You have to earn your way to apply there.

My personal opinion is that the Navy has the most technical jobs and if you're the type that does well on tests, enjoys technical subjects and wants to make a career after the service you'd do very well to consider the Navy first. Ships are floating cities, so basically any job that is available in a regular community is probably being attended to on-board with obvious exceptions of child care, and things like that.

I'd say Air Force is second in that regard. Although, and this is just my opinion, USAF is a branch searching for a mission. Their primary objective has shifted from Air Combat to missiles and satellites. I've heard that the army has more planes than the USAF does, and the Navy actually makes more flights... so if you want to be a pilot AND especially if you want to be a fighter or helicopter pilot, ironically, you should consider other branches.

All of that being said, anyone who thinks the USAF is for sissies has never met any of their PJ's or Combat Controllers. They also have their own snipers!

Coast Guard is vastly misunderstood in my opinion, very few people I speak to realize that the coasties are responsible for interdiction and control and are deployed all over the world, not just off our coast (where they certainly have a presence). Those guys have a boat that is designed to roll over and flip itself right side up. All I'm going to say about that is... HELL NO.

Okay so now we're to the Army and Marines.

If you want some combat training and want to deploy in a combat MOS, Army does that, but Army has a lot of overhead jobs that are either subordinate or outsourced by the Marines.

Army has Rangers which are highly trained combat troops, the regular soldier... not so much, and Rangers definitely have a different role than a bullet stop carrying a rifle.

Marines are the smallest of the branches, they are a dept of the Navy (the Mens Dept) and therefore the budget and the resources are always at the whims of others.

One of my favorite quotes comparing my beloved Corps to the USA is:

Gen. John W. Vessey Jr. said:
We have two companies of Marines running rampant all over the northern half of this island, and three Army regiments pinned down in the southwestern corner, doing nothing. What the hell is going on?
I agree completely with Marines not forgetting who and what they are when they leave active duty... but that's something that is earned and you have to want that. It will change you. Some people have a difficult time turning that off, in fact I'd say it NEVER gets turned off, after a while the volume gets turned down and that's as close as it gets.

Join the Marines because you want to live to that level of commitment and what you want to do is blow shit up and shoot guns and live in spartan barracks while chasing girls and drinking beer and you'll never be disappointed! ;)

Marines also have the best looking uniform, and I can tell you first hand having spent New Years Eve on an Air Force Base... yeahhhhhh hello Air Force women!!!! :D

When you look at the heritage and the esprit de corps of the Marines, you're not going to find that instant brotherhood in the regular Army, as a Ranger or Delta you will, but not as some random grunt.

For fairness sake since I mentioned my opinion that the USAF is looking for a mission (and I'd take that even further and say it's time to absorb them back into the USA) I recently read an article that said it was the Marines that were looking for a mission, the specialty of amphibious assaults is an anachronism and that the USA could handle the combat duties that the Marines do.

I understand that people who write articles for a living may feel that way, and yes, I would even agree that major amphibious assaults are few and far between, but I would never put the USA in charge of global ground combat operations. People far better than me could sum that up in finer points but I'm going to leave it at... "it's not a good idea".

Semper Fi
 

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Reading the various perspectives and stories has been heartwarming. Thank you for sharing!

And most importantly, from an incredibly grateful citizen, thank you for all you have done to protect our country so my family and I may sleep safely at night. While I do not know the exact sacrifices made by our soldiers, I sincerely appreciate all of them.
 

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Base pay is equal. Specialty pay does vary by service and needs of the service to meet its numbers. Different branches also have addition skill set pays such as foreign language, flight hazard pay, sub pay, ship duty, ect ect.
 

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Everyone seems to be proud of their branch of service when they are active but marines are proud to the end. Now if you asked me if I wanted an army or marine unit to back me up, (special forces excluded) give me a marine all day long. Even the cook knows how to shoot his rifle.
 
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