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06-30-2012 06:02 PM
Gunner Anyone who served is my Brother
Anyone who fought is my Blood Brother
Anyone who was wounded is my Hero
Anyone who gave their life Has my utmost Respect
We are all brothers is battle, different names, different uniforms,different jobs.
We all have done something to be proud of. We have served the greatest nation on earth by putting our lives on the line to protect our loved ones and our way of life.
To all my brothers at arms I salute you and thank you for your service and sacrifice.
Semper Fi
06-29-2012 08:20 AM
Jeeplover1 Attachment 136408

06-29-2012 08:19 AM
Originally Posted by BRAVO TANGO
Ok so my goal is to become an army ranger or go coast guard. Would it be best to go to an academy school? (west point or coast guard academy in my place) or should I enlist? I understand it's not easy to get into an academy school and my grades arent the best. What's the best path to take?
Ranger or Coast Guard ... Seems like a jump between the two ... Academies aren't the only ways to be an officer ... Academies have feeder schools (think community colleges) ... Easier to get into if you don't have a general for a dad ... Then after a couple years you get into the academy of choice ... There are a billion ROTC programs that will take you to the same end game ... Personally ROTC is the way to go in my book ... If the question is Officer or Enlisted??? That will take some soul searching ... I'll put it this way ... Military careers are short ... I'm retiring in my 40s ... Start planning for after the military now before the end sneaks up on you ... Which leads me back to a previous statement ... ROTC is the way to go in my book ... Coast Guard or Ranger ...
06-29-2012 01:32 AM
BRAVO TANGO Ok so my goal is to become an army ranger or go coast guard. Would it be best to go to an academy school? (west point or coast guard academy in my place) or should I enlist? I understand it's not easy to get into an academy school and my grades arent the best. What's the best path to take?
06-10-2012 11:04 PM
Dylanjwhall Coast guard!
06-10-2012 02:05 PM
Guns Up-USMC Your not joining the Marines.You are being granted the opportunity to become a Marine.

We would turn down more civilians then we would accept.

The Marine Corps is cutting down in size.This is the peace time Marine Corps we are shrinking to 186,100.

Make sure your PFT is 1st class.Your 3 mile run should be in the low 19's to 18 minute mark. 20 pull ups should not be an issue and your 100 crunches in the timed event should not be an issue to accomplish with time to spare.

The Corps is only accepting the best of the best now.Iraq is done and Afghanistan is winding down.
04-14-2012 03:09 PM
cavediverjc If you aren't Infantry, you're support for the Infantry. Remember that...
04-14-2012 09:20 AM
TJNewbie Air Force!! in the Air Force you can do any job that's in the civilian world, and some that aren't. I had an awesome time in the Air Force (20 years), I met alot of great people, and went to alot of cool places. Being in the military doesn't have to mean you get a job killing people- (Infantry).
04-14-2012 09:03 AM
Originally Posted by DaK
man this was dug up...

Wonder where this young man ended up??
I wondered the same thing. Maybe he saw all the crappy stuff coming up and chose culinary school.
04-14-2012 08:26 AM
DaK man this was dug up...

Wonder where this young man ended up??
04-14-2012 05:40 AM
B3AR Army!
04-14-2012 05:07 AM
Mortalis5509 Arnt Ready for Marines
04-14-2012 03:44 AM
Baby Huey Ya know there are a lot of other jobs in the military besides "Infantry"..regardless of what branch. I would think it would be a wise choice to try for some sort of schooling that would help him when and if he gets out of active duty. So many guys (and women too ) are getting out after they're hitch and coming home to nothin.... No jobs, they all went to China, India, any where but here in the US. If he is ok with getting out and flippin burgers at mickyD's...great.
I guess a lot of young guys these days all want to be Snipers, or they want to be SEALS, or SF, or some other macho rating....well, thats fine, but few make the grade.
If he really is stuck on going "Infantry", then I think I would lean towards the Marine Corps.... Personally I feel they have the best training in that field and training and discipline is what will keep him alive.
My opinion he should plan to stay in and make a career out of it, there is'nt a better retirement, Free Medical ($$$$$$$$) .... Or get out and join the Border Patrol !! God knows we all them we can get, and his training will help and his service years add up to retirement !..... Good luck to him... "BH"
04-11-2012 04:26 PM
Originally Posted by klkb View Post
^ Marine taxi

Marine: My Ass Rides In Navy Equipment

Navy: Never Again Volunteer Yourself

US Army: Uncle Sam Ain't Released Me Yet

More Marine:
-Muscles Are Required Intelligence Non Essential
-Uncle Sam's Misguided Children
-U Suckers Missed Christmas
-U Signed the M-fin' Contract

"Never ask if someone is a Marine.....If he/she is, they will let you know. And if they are not, you don't want to make them feel so inadequate"

Semper Fi.
04-11-2012 01:43 PM
klkb ^ Marine taxi
04-11-2012 01:30 PM
yjkid95 Navy. Plain and simple. Some people bash us but I understand its because theyre jealous. Because we stop to visit all sorts of countries get hammerred get women then get back on the boat and make our way to the next port.

All joking aside each branch thinks they are the best. Like I'm in the Navy (really i am) and I think its the best out of them all. Because we are on the sea, have planes in the sky and men on the ground. But a marine,soldier,airmen, or puddle pirate (coastguard I am only kidding around) will have a valid argument on why they are better.

It depends on what you want to do basically and what branch fits you best.
04-11-2012 01:13 PM
Originally Posted by KBR97 View Post
You military men wear bikinis when you swim? Like this?...

Wow~ Gunnery Sergeant Smith! You look different without your duce gear!

Kim D.S. SSgt USMC, 1985-93
Semper Fi
04-11-2012 11:51 AM
Originally Posted by KBR97

You military men wear bikinis when you swim? Like this?...
I know several military women who could quite probably kick the **** out of you and I both...

Most of the bikinis at the "club med" forward air bases he was refferring to are Air Force though...

And before anyone tries calling me a fobbit, I'm normally attached to an AF facility that is nowhere near a FOB, so the fobbits are actually a lot closer to the suck than I am :-). OIF1 we got set up "alone and unafraid" NW of Talil on some barren chunk of sand and cooked, but I've moved up in the world and get the cushy gigs these days.
04-10-2012 07:41 PM
Jeeplover1 Attachment 112783
04-10-2012 07:40 PM
lindel Air Force...let the officers fight.

Having said that, I've got several good friends in all branches, including Coast Guard.

I was active duty AF for 8 years, and TxANG for another 4.5 years. F-106 Weapon Control System Specialist while active, and then a Combat Comm tech on Wideband Radios in the Guard.
04-10-2012 05:28 PM
cavediverjc Army! We can spell the word "college"!
You see an awful lot of former Marines in the Army for a reason.
04-07-2012 10:27 PM
USMClovesXJ Marines. Plain and simple.
BC im in the Marines, and im biased.
Other then that?
Marines have the best training by far of any branch. If your brother goes into combat arms he will hate life!
Trust me on that. I was gung ho to go be an 03.
As a matter afact I wanted 0331 machine gunner. I changed my mind one BC I scored high on the asvab. And two. Once you get out for good they hand you a sheet of paper saying what civilian jobs relate to what you did!
Know what its gana say if he did combat arms. Law enforcement. If you want to learn a job and get out and do it in the civilian world choice a job close to that.

On another note. Tell your little brother to go to collage!!! Go reserves and go to collage. You will come out an officer. Make more money. And get more then grunts. And more than enlisted.
listen I want to tell you combat arms is a hard life!
You can get a better job and still see combat.
Im a 3531 motor t vehicle operator. Great job 3rd dangerous in the USMC BC of convoys. There's other cool jobs then just being in the field everyother week. Remember just just BC your a pog doesn't mean your not a marine.
Yes combat arms you get a gun and your told to go stand on post to watch nothing for hours then get into firefights times to where you cant even tell who's enemy or where the hell the bastards are.
You will see people die in infantry field. And you will lose friends and thats something you will never forget. And always have on your mind.
in close.
Screw the army sorry army. You guys just get better pay and better equipment.
But we do more with less.
And the better drill instructors.
But seriously reconsider the job!
And talk to a recruiter as soon as possible. It took me 7 months just to contract.
04-07-2012 10:08 PM
sean112280 Army. Active since 05
04-07-2012 12:56 PM
Originally Posted by CapeCodSoldier View Post
A POOL! A F'N POOL (with bikinis!)
You military men wear bikinis when you swim? Like this?...

04-07-2012 12:36 PM
CapeCodSoldier personally the marines and army were really 1 in the same.. we live together eat together etc etc. Now for yal who have deployed know, the place to visit was the naval station, or the Air Base.. why? better food, silverware, A POOL! A F'N POOL (with bikinis!) Running water, i could go on and on about what they had and.. well what we didnt or went with out.. Now before some of the hard chargers from around the branches start trying to bash my head in via internet I know there were airforce and navy that were in the "suck" too .. you are a minority and you know it. haha
10-24-2010 01:39 PM
cavediverjc I thought we'd buried this thread. It's going nowhere at this point. Everyone wants to argue why THEIR branch is best. Talk to the different recruiters. See what they can offer. Can they offer EXACTLY what you want? Go from there. At this point, this thread is full of opinions instead of advice, especially since it's mostly about FORSCOM military. Step up to the SOCOM side of things and lines get blurred pretty fast.
10-24-2010 12:15 PM
XtrmTJ Having served in the United States Marine Corps for over 10 years, having gone to other military branches schools and those of other nations, were I observed their Discipline (or lack thereof), their Esprit De Corps (or lack thereof), their Camaraderie (or lack thereof), having fought along side all other branches of the US Military, and other nations, I can say without any hesitation, that the United States Marine Corps is the finest fighting force in the world, Bar None !

Now that being said, and before any you all get your nickers in a bunch, "We" as a nation have the finest fighting force on this planet, Bar None !

There always has been and always will be inter service rivalry. But, when it hits the fan, there is one thing you can count on; "We" all are heading in the same direction, towards the fight !

To the OP, every single Marine I have ever known, knew he was going to become a Marine, it was never a question. Becoming a Marine isnít for everyone. Have your brother talk to all the branches recruiters.

To all those that serve or have served this great nation, "God Bless You"

Semper Fi to all my brothers !
10-24-2010 01:53 AM
Joe Dirt I spent 10 years as an Infantryman both active and guard and did about everything an Infantryman can do (airborne, sniper, airassault, all of it). I've been out almost 10 years now and most of my friends are Army and Marine vets. We all have pride in our service, but agree on one truth..dirt is dirt is dirt! Infantry means being in the dirt with no shower, COLD, WET, Hungry and Tired...all the time. There is no glory. Life is rough. It sucks! Anyone who thinks it doesn't suck didn't do anything or is lying. Sitting in a foxhole as the rain fills it with cold water having the knowledge that you're not going anywhere for a very long time sucks. But, it gives you perspective for the rest of your life. After that, you've done something most people haven't done, or couldn't do. Hard things seem easier after that. That knowledge makes you tougher and walk taller than others and lasts forever. It's a tough club to join and not always worth it to everyone. Good luck.
10-17-2010 09:39 PM
6InARowMakesItGo im in the air force now. in my job i get to fly all over the world and move stuff for other branches. i have interacted with all the branches. the thing i liked about a lance corporal who i was chatting with. when i asked him what his job was he said im a marine. that spoke to me. i would have said im a loadmaster but this marine saw himself as a marine first and whatever else second.
10-15-2010 12:21 PM
Weed Hopper I agree with many of the other posters that he should talk to recruiters from every branch and get as much info as he needs before he decides. For myself, the first time I saw "The Sands of Iwo Jima", when I was 9 or 10, I knew I wanted to be a Marine. One of the proudest days of my life was when I graduated from Boot Camp. No matter which branch he chooses. It will be an experience he will always remember.

Gate53 - My PMI, Sgt. Hartley, was a member of the Walking Dead. I salute you Sir.
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