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A.M. says...No one switched from the Army to the Marines? That is a good example of those Army recruiters lying to you. Just as some Marines transfer to the Army after their enlistment is up, some soldiers decide to become Marines. We had two recruits in my platoon at San Diego that had been sergeants in the Army prior to enlisting in the Corps. Only one of them made it to graduation. The expectations from the two branches are very different. My ex wife was Army and seeing her literally be promoted for just being there by her unit left me with a feeling of disgust towards the Army. She spent about as much time actually doing her MOS as her 3 month training school was long. That shouldn't qualify you for promotion because the professional side of your service is neglected. Whether other Army unit's are like that I don't know but with more units in the Army, it might be. The smallness of the Marine Corps makes that situation less likely. It also makes promotion slower. From what I saw the Army expects less of you than the Marine Corps. In the Army it is possible to just give the barely acceptable effort and get promoted in some units, my ex wife did exactly that and not only was rewarded but expected to be rewarded without much effort on her part. The Army offers more perks than the Marine Corps does but things like money for college are not everything. There is nothing wrong with joining either branch but only you can decide which is a proper fit for you. Think about it and decide for yourself.
Thank you so, so much for this web-site and for futurejarheads.org. I think you did a great job of really explaining what the Marine Corps is all about and the difference between it, and the Army. I was tired of all the over-the-top propaganda about how "the Army is for wimps" and "the Marine Corps sucks".
Some of the Army recruiters I have spoken too basically said that the Marine Corps is horrible, composed of dumb psychos, and every one of them made a huge mistake by not joining the Army instead. Also, all Marines switch over to the Army as soon as they can, whereas no Army soldier has ever made the switch to the Marines.
I needed to cut through the bullshit and really figure out which one of these two great military branches would be better for me, personally, to join. The official web-sites for both of these branches leave a lot of information out.
I had tons of difficult questions that I needed answers to, and no person or web-site was able to provide them until I found your web-sites.
Thanks for being honest and for telling us the truth, good and bad.
yo mama says...wow the army is for pussys
Richard Alston says...I am a senior and I'm about to go through the enlistment process and I was hoping to make a career out of the corps. reading this kind of discouraged me a little bit. It can't be that hard to stay in as long as you get promoted and pick the right MOS right?
wtf says...They should have done army reception from ft
benning they did marine reception from paris island. If they wanted to make it unbiased they wouldve shown ft benning vs paris island or san diego vs ft leonardwood not leonardwood vs paris island a pog reception vs a grunt receotion is what it really is.
Sam says...I am 14 years old, and all my life, I have had the desire to be an 'Army Man' AKA Military. I have decided that I will join the military. At first, I was sure I wanted to join the Marine Corps. But as I kept reading into it, i noticed the army has many more career paths, and more slots for SF. So that really changed my outlook on which to join. (The Navy and Air Force do not intrest me at all) My ultimate goal, (If enlisted) is to become a scout sniper. Is the MOS alike in the army and marine corps? Also, I was wondering , do officers get in the field and fight? Do they do paperwork all day? What do they do? I'm thinking about becoming an officer, and would really like to know. Thanks.
Jamal says...This website is extremely biased towards the Marines. You left out tons of information of the Army, and pretty much pointed out all of the faults of the Army without pointing out any in the Marine Corps. Didn't you say this website was unbiased right at the beggining?
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