Army or Marines? - Page 7




 
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June 24th, 2004  
RnderSafe
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Damien435
Well, we might as well let this thread die, I started filling out Enlistment papers for the Army today, well technically yesterday since it is 4 AM, anyways, I plan on going infantry, probably Rangers, I will have to talk to some counselor guy who will basically listen to me for 15 mintues and know what I should be doing, I am not exactly sure how that works out. So, anyways, by this time next year I should be off to basic.
If you read through previous threads in this forum you will find what you need to ask for when negotiating your contract. Be aware, if you do opt for the 11X, Option 40 (Infantry w/ abn school and a chance to pass RIP) you may have to hold out for a slot to open up. If he tells you "No, we don't have any Option 40 contracts but how about this lovely MP slot" .. walk out if having the chance to become a Ranger is what you really want. They'll call you back.
July 15th, 2004  
strictly420
 
JUST JOIN THE BRANCH THAT YOUR HEART TELLS YOU TOO. JUST LIKE MOST OF THE OTHER PEOPLE HAVE STATED INFANTRY IS INFANTRY AND WAR IS HELL, SOMETIMES INFANTRY CAN BE FUN AND SOMETIMES IT CAN SUCK, I'VE SEEN BOTH SIDES OF IT AND ID DO IT AGAIN IN A HEART BEAT.



SEMPER FI,
August 4th, 2004  
silent driller
 
 
Pertaining to there being more pride in joining the Marines, I read this once. I found it interesting.

Ask a coastguardsman what he does, he'll say "I'm in the Coast Guard."

Ask an airman what he does, he'll say "I'm in the Air Force."

Ask a soldier what he does, he'll say "I'm in the Army."

Ask a sailor what he does, he'll say "I'm in the Navy."

Ask a Marine what he does, he'll say "I am a Marine."
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August 7th, 2004  
Damien435
 
 
Yeah, I got really pissed after I started filling out the papers. I joined the Army because they said they only had a few slots open Airborne and Jump school and I was told that if I joined right then and there I would get the options. So a week later when I went into the MEPS to get my physical and finish my paperwork I got an unwanted surprise. Congress apparently froze enlistments for Jump School and Rangers Training because they wanted to evaluate how many positions they would need so as to save money (now they start trying to save money, why don't they just cut funding for SETI?). Basically I got the shaft, I got a 5K signing bonus and I am doing OSUT instead of the typical 9 week basic and 9 week AIT, I didn't get the Ranger School option and I did not get the Jump School option, but I am "supposedly" going to Europe (Cough, Iraq, Cough) for 12-18 months, which just means I will be in a unit Based in Europe but stationed in Iraq, I did not want to join the 10th Mountain either, train with Canucks for a while and then bam way down to Australia, two different extremes, even though I live in South Dakota I hate cold weather, so that was not for me. Whatever I guess, once I get done with my 4 years I am considering re-enlisting, then I will make sure I get Ranger Training and Jump School, if I don't get it in the first 4 years.
August 7th, 2004  
jen.parabellum
 
 
You have to keep positive. Just because you didn't get it right away doesn't mean you can't attend it down the road. Just keep your head up and you'll fine. However you need to first prove you are a good soldier and then you'll have lots more options open up to you. Just keep your head up and morale up. It won't be that bad.
August 11th, 2004  
devildog84
 
Even though I am only a pogue, I would go Marine Corps, but I am also biased. I love my life in the Marine Corps, not saying you can't in the Army either. Definately talk to the recruiters but keep in mind that recruiters are trying to recruit people and have been known to tell you what you want to hear. Take it in with an open mind still though.
April 30th, 2005  
bbos
 

Topic: undecided, Marines or Army?


Im currently a junior in college and am very interested in the military, but im still undecided about which brach i should join. Can someone tell me which branch has more opportunities for an officer? I would also like to know what are the roles of a officer in special forces such as the Rangers or Force Recon. thanks
April 30th, 2005  
Charge 7
 
 
Just based on the fact that it's a much larger branch, the Army will have more opportunities for an officer, however, I wouldn't let that be your deciding factor. You should evaluate which branch best suits you and what you would be most comfortable doing. As for the roles of an officer in Special Forces, or Force Recon, I would suggest you start employing one of the most important qualities of leadership - self initiative. You'll find officer roles well defined for both areas if you do some looking.
May 2nd, 2005  
03USMC
 
 
I would suggest that before even considering Force Recon as a career path that you first attend OCS, TBS, Infantry Officers Course, put some time in as a PC in a line company and learn to be an Officer of Marines.
The openings in FR Companies are few and only the best of the best Officers and Enlisted who INDOC for Force are accepted.

If you are enlisting for the High Speed low drag titles and shiney badges then you may want to rethink.

As far as Mustang Officers (Prior Enlisted) I don't fully agree that they attain more respect automatically. An Officers ability to lead whether Prior Enlisted or Commissioned from the Academies or ROTC is what garners them their respect.
May 2nd, 2005  
Charge 7
 
 
03's correct about mustangs. Being one myself I can readily back that up. You do get a different consideration by the troops if, and I emphasize if they even know you are a mustang and most will not. Respect for the rank is demanded, but respect for the individual is earned. Whether a Major or a Corporal, I would rather have the respect I'd earned - that's what leads troops and that's what wins battles. I've seen great officers who came straight out of ROTC as well as from prior enlisted. I've seen less than stellar ones from either as well. Having been enlisted first is a great tool in making a fine officer, but it is no guarantee.