What Is The Right Branch of the Military For You?

What is the right branch of the military for you? If you are considering the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and National Guard, then you need to do some serious research. But first, you may want to consider the following.

1. If you’ve ever thought of trying to become a Navy Seal, then you’ll need to join the Navy or the Marines. Navy Seals are pulled exclusively from these two branches of the United States military. You can apply for Seal training when you join now, so you can go in with that intention.


2. Do you like planes and air travel? Does the idea of being in a jet or helicopter most of the time make you happy? You’ll definitely want to look into the Air Force. You’ll fly in any branch of the military, but the Air Force has more of an airborne focus than other branches.

3. Are you a water baby? Do you feel at home on the water, and love ships and sea travel? Join the Navy. You could be on an aircraft carrier, a destroyer or a nuclear submarine. You’ll learn marine travel and seamanship best as a Navy recruit than any other branch of the military.

Are You Interested in Travel and Learning a Professional Skill? There are career fields in the United States Army Reserves and National Guard for YOU! Click HERE for Details.

4. Would you like to be able to serve your country and get military benefits without doing so full time? Join the National Guard, where you can train part time with all the benefits and opportunities to serve.

Ultimately, you’re responsible! Do your homework.

Talk to your Army recruiter. Then visit with your Navy recruiter. Call your National Guard recruiter. Search for online articles on each of the military branches. Don’t buy into the ‘see the world’ advertising on TV as life in the military is far away from the Ritz. Don’t get caught up in the highlights on being a Navy Seal. Very few make it for a reason. Pick a military career to converts to a good civilian career. Bottomline, don’t forget you’re commiting to four or more years of your life. Be wise and go make your momma proud!




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military dot image Maverick Kyle Maxcy    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Sir, I am a freshman in fredricksburg high schoolin texas. I want 2 join a military branch but I’m not sure which. Curentaly I am in Navy JROTC it seems like the right one but not sure. Email back and give me help ,sir.

Cadet Third class petty officer Maxcy.

military dot image Anjelyca L. Thomas    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I am a freshman in college in Blytheville, AR. I have a three month old little girl that I am trying to support by myself at the moment. I am interested in doing something new with my life. I want to be able to provide for my daughter and myself. I have no prior military experience but most of my family has been in one branch or another of the military. I would like to know which branch would be good for me to enlist in. If you wouldn’t mind I would like to hear back from you with some guidance on which path to take.

Thank you,

military dot image Francesca Jeanne Redlich    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I am a senior in high school in San Francisco, California. I am interested in intelligence and hand to hand combat. I’m also pretty handy with a gun. I’d like professional training, and serve my country in the process, but do not know which branch will help me. I am not even sure if I want join the military yet, but I would like to know more about it. I’d appreciate the help.

military dot image Anna    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Anjelyca in my personal opinion i would go airforce because they provided most for families with children and being a airforce, navy, and army bratt, i can remember airforce being the most enjoyable as a child and my mother having lots of support.

military dot image Amanda    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0


I am a high school graduate and right now I’m in Germany. Both my parents are in the Air Force and I feel pretty good about joining the military but honestly I think I’m leaning more towards the Navy and becoming a photographer. I like the idea of being in helicopters as much as I do being on a boat. Everyone tells me the Air Force has more benefits but no one tells me what those are. I want to be able to travel more oversees and I love being by the water though the thought of being on a boat for an extended period of time makes me feel a little sick. (Unless it’s a cruise ship, naturally :] ) Though I’ve been through plenty of AF activities and I’ve moved around my whole life but this is my parents first time being oversees since they joined. I’m really confused about which branch to join because my two best friends just joined. One in the Navy, and one in the AF. Though the Navy guy isn’t a fan of the navy he loves that he gets to go to so many places. The AF guy says he really likes the AF so far but right now he’s in Texas still. I just can’t find a recruiter to talk to.

military dot image kole rogers    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I am a Junior in High School. I scored well on my ASVAB and im interested in the special forces but i cant figure out a good branch to choose. Also a career to pursue. Any advice from anyone?

military dot image collin    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I am a freshman in highschool, and i am interested in joining the military. I’m leaning towards the army but not 100 percent sure. I have a question for anyone who can answer it for me, so here it is–when i was younger i had some problems with asthma (i got it from my dad) but it was never too bad. and now i am 15 and have not had any asthma related check ups or hospital visits since i was about 12. and i just want to know if the military will still accept me? please reply and help me out. thanks

military dot image chuck    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I am currently looking to join either navy, army, or marines. i am a junior in high school and have been looking up anything and everything i can possibly look up about all the branches of the military. i enjoy physical challenges and mental challenges. I also enjoy working hard to achieve my goals and dont often back down. please email me back if you get the chance. links, advice, or just any kind of information at all would be greatly appreciated.

military dot image Megale Russell    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I am 27 and want to join a military branch. I’ve been leaning towards the Army but I’m not Sure. I have two children ages 9 and 2. I want to join but I do not want to be away from my kids for very very long periods of time. I’ve also just recently graduated from Wayne Community college in Goldsboro,NC with associates degree in human services. Can you give me some advice? If so please email me and thank you in advance.

military dot image claudia    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Hello I’m a high school graduate but I’m living in Mexico although I am a us citizen I’ve been living here for the last six years I’ve always been interested in the army and I’d really like to join but I don’t know what branch of the army I would like to join in, once I decide what I want there’s no changing it and I would be proud to serve my country, I was a volunteer in the local red cross here and I really liked it. It was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had and I’m really interested in the medical area but also in criminal justice.

military dot image Tayler    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I’m currently a Diagnostic Medical Sonography student in Texas and am considering a career in the military. My family is filled with Army, but I would like some help in being able to understand all of the branches before I choose one (if any). If someone would contact me, I would be grateful. Thanks

military dot image Lane    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I’m a senior In flint,MI which branch should I join I was thinking Marines or Army.

military dot image Brentney Davis    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Hi, I’m a 23 year old female highly intellegent, with an extremely diverse sports background. I enjoy exercising and highly active activities just as much as I do learning. Im not a great swimmer and I’m sometimes afraid of heights. I’m stuck between AF and Navy. I want to travel alot but would love the amenities of the AF more than a seashack. HELP!!!

military dot image ishmael monchery    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I have been thinking of joining the military ever since high school but I just felt like I had too many responsibilities in my life to just go.. but now I feel like I’m at a time in my life where I need to do more with myself and my kids.. I really don’t feel like there is anything here for me anymore.. but I’m jut trying to determine which branch I would like to go to.. my first thoughts were the marines.. but I don’t want to just jump into anything head first..

military dot image Nautica Heatley    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

hi , im a junior at Havre de Grace High School , Im positive i would like to join the Military but im unsure of which branch will suit me best , Im not really interested in being in the water or being in a plane , I want to do work with guns and travel and i would like to work towards being high ranked , But my family doesn’t want me to go into the army , are their any more options i could choose?

military dot image Nautica Heatley    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

i would also like to help others but im not looking to do nursing .

military dot image Mitzi Cunningham    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Well im a High School student im in the 9th grade and im really thinking about joining the Air Force and i was wanting to to be a Mechanic in the Aircrats Department because i like to work on engines and im takeing all the mechanics classes in high school and im wanting to take all the classes that i need can you message me back so i can know what all i neeed to take. Thank you Sir,

military dot image Jack    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Hello I’m a Freshman in High School in NH. The Branch i wish to go into is the Coast Guard and i see you didn’t mention them. Thank you for your time, Sir.

military dot image Blossom Jones    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I’m a junior in HS , I’m a female. I want to go to Armed Forces or Navy. But I don’t want to go into combat. After HS, I want to go to college and be in one of the branches. But I just don’t want it to be mandatory to go into combat. If you could please give me advice, it would be really helpful.

military dot image Rahel Bobo    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I’m currently a sophomore in high school in Texas, I’m a 16 year old girl. My friend is an officer for ROTC and he recruited me for the armed drill team for next year (junior year). It’s always been a dream of mine to join the marines, but now I’m not sure if I want to be in the marines or army. A lot of men in my family have been marines, I guess that’s being a marine appeals to me more. I too, like many others, have done my research on every branch of the military and am still indecisive. My friend (the officer) said I am physically fit and stable/well suited for the marines. He would like to see me carry on with this. I would appreciate any input you guys could give me! I’m either going to enlist after I graduate in 2016, or be a part of the Texas Maritime Academy at A&M. Any help with this decision would be greatly appreciated, thank y’all! ~God bless~

military dot image larryf    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Hi Rahel, it appears that you have already decided on the Marines. If so, congrats! Now, it is my understanding that you’re attempting to decide between enlistment or completing college at the Texas Maritime Academy at A & M. Looking forward 10 years or so and looking back, do you believe that earning a college education and entering the Marines as an Officer would be attractive to you? If so, it’s pretty hard to deny the extra money and the many prestiges that come with becoming an officer in the United States military. Such benefits carry over to the civilian world too. But all is relative to you and your desires. Not to mention, your academic capability and ability to lead others as an officer. Either way, congratulations on serving your country! My best, Larry

military dot image Olivia Dell    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I am currently 17, but I will be 18 this coming September. I want to serve in combat, fight in the field, and so I plan to join the Army. I know women in combat has been rare and uncommon for a very long time, but I’ve heard that now more and more women have been able to serve in combat. I have talked with other people who have served, and one of them was a sergeant. But they were all in the Marines and told me I should choose that branch instead. I have been considering it, but this is my question. As a woman, and my wanting to serve in combat, should I stick with the Army, or should I choose the Marines instead? I know that the only person that knows what I want is myself, but I want to make sure I make the right choice and be 100% committed to it. If I even am able to serve in the field. Thank you for your time.

military dot image larryf    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Hi Olivia, first… great questions and HUGE CONGRATS on not just following the crowd! Now and as you are, do your homework. Start by researching the actual ‘job’ (or ‘career’) that you want to pursue. Insure that it matches your ‘passion’ and hopefully your gifts. If you have several, then great too. Next step, I’d compare the ‘life time’ benefits/opportunities of these jobs/careers. All to say, make sure that after the military trains and pays you for such schooling that you have opportunities waiting for you when (and if you) depart from the military. Next step, compare the branches for this specific job/career. Which one offers the best training, benefits, living conditions, etc. If possible, talk and even visit folks who work at the job that you’re interested in. Get the ‘real’ scoop… just not the ‘recruiters’ version. Bottom line, the army, navy, marines, national guard and air force all offer amazing pros and cons… know what they are ‘before’ raising your right hand! Hope this helps!! My best, LF

military dot image Vashae    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I am a sophomore at Rahway High School in New Jersey. I am in the Marine Corps JROTC program at my school and I definitely want to join the service. My dilemma is that I don’t know which one, sir. This is my first year in the JROTC program too, sir. I am currently a Private First Class, sir. If you could help that would be great. Thank you.

military dot image larryf    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Hey Vashae, I’d recommend finding a few veteran mentors and discuss your assets, desires & goals with them. Ideally, such veterans have experience with all branches peaking your interests. But first, do your due diligence online and dig up all available info on all the jobs/career paths that you have interest. Don’t buy into the recruiting brochures and assume it’s your sole responsibility to have the facts prior to raising your right hand. Some career paths may be best served to you if you first complete a college education. Again, all relative to your desires & goals. My best, lf

military dot image David    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

My son had his heart set on enlisting into a military branch (Marines)once he graduated from high school in 2013. I went as far as joining ROTC his senior year and worked out with the recruiter and the recruits. Never did the recruiter tell my son that if he took ANY medication for his A.D.D. he had in 3rd and 4th grades, would he be sifted from the military. Also, he had to score such a high score on the ASVAB test that it was virtually a genius that the Marines wanted instead of a normal, young man. Needless to say my son’s whole life’s ambition has been torn apart.

I have a couple of questions to ask: 1. Is there any military branch the boy can try to get into? 2. Why do the recruiters mislead these young people into thinking that they can enlist? When the criteria is so screwed up having to make the impossible test score and then if you took medication to focus on studying in school, then the military does NOT accept them!!!!

military dot image chris dawes    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

sir I’ve been really interested in the Marine Corps because I feel like it fits me but I recently had a National Guard Recruiter and he has told me that the Marine Corps only pays 75% for college tuition, I’m really lost on what I want to do because I’m about to become 17 so id like to enlist at 17 so I would like help to make up my mind on what branch to enlist in as soon as possible

military dot image Holly    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I have been interested in working with the military for a very long time, however, I am unsure in which branch would be right for me (I am leaning towards Navy greatly). I am in my first year at college studying criminal justice and would like to work in the field however I am concerned that my physical build would let me down. Is there any advice you could give me?
sincerely, Holly

military dot image larryf    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Hey Holly, thanks for your interest. Big major decision. First, do your homework… what is different between the military police/law enforcement for the Marines, the Navy, the Air Force or the Army? Which branch offers the best training? Better yet, when you come out of the military, which branch gets the most respect from the civilian law enforcement agencies? Talk to actual veterans who have been there. Done that. Recruiters advice is important but remember, it’s your life and your decision. Every decision leads to a destination. Make sure you know where you’re going, today and all the tomorrows. Best, larry

military dot image Cheyenne Livingston    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Hi, well at the moment I am a senior at Thoreau High School, Thoreau, New Mexico. I am having a hard decision deciding between the marines and the army. Like I want to become a combat engineer, so the marines can guarentee that i get into the specific field. Where as the army has guarenteed that I will get that job. What do you think I should do?

military dot image larryf    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Hey Cheyenne, great question. The only true answer is to locate and talk to a ‘combat engineer’ for both the Army and Marines. Either active or retired. For me, if their were the same occupations in the Navy and Air Force I would also contact them. You never know what you may find out. All to say, going straight to the source has its benefits. No barriers to truth. If your recruiter can’t help out, try linkedin or social media or calling the actual branch school directly. If you called me, I would be impressed that you went the extra steps to learn about the program. One small example, while my son was still in school we traveled to an Army base where my son helped write an article on life as an Apache pilot. And now today, many years later, he’s an Army Apache pilot.

military dot image Anette    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Hi,I’m a 17 year old female and I want to join the rotc program for the Air Force.I have some questions that I would be more then greatful to get answers for. Im curently a running start student.I’m a senior in high school and I’m starting my sophomore year in college.My plans were to graduate highschool with my associates then go to a university and join the rotc program for the Air Force. But the more I look into,the more I question my plans, do to the fact that I may not be able to join the rotc program my junior year of college,because there are certain classes that have to be taken before junior year. I might be wrong,but I dont know exactly. I would really appreciate some advice.

military dot image larryf    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Hey Anette, I would advise checking out http://www.rotc.com and more importantly talking to a ROTC Air Force recruiter. They’re on many campuses and if not your school, then call your local Air Force recruiter. The Air Force recruiters are pretty solid and you should get the info you need. You sound awesome! Good luck!

military dot image Jalandra    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Hi , my name is Ja’Landra Oden & I’m a junior. I’ve currently been thinking about joining the army or the national guard after i graduate high school , but I don’t know which one to decide yet. I do have questions to ask. Also I have been looking online about the branches & finding things I could know. My cousin is apart of one of the branches & that is the national guard. We have talked about some stuff but I think I need more understanding.

military dot image larryf    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Hey Jalandra, great research. First and after doing all your online research, decide on what ‘training’ or ‘school’ you may want to attend. For example, do you want to be a journalist, or a cook or whatever. Once you know that, then compare the training with the branch. With the Army and National Guard it should be easy. Ultimately, you’ll talk to a recruiter. Share with him or her all your interests. Make sure you pursue the ‘training’ that you want to attend. OK? I assuming that college is not in the cards, right? Enjoy your day!

military dot image Sheilah Barrientos    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Hi, I am currently a freshman at Tarrant County College. Ive been looking into joining the Air force or the Army because I though i knew what i wanted to do after high school and what major to go for but i dont. And i want to do something with my life. Ive done some research but im not sure yet.

military dot image larryf    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Hey Sheilah, congrats on wanting to live a purpose filled life. Don’t feel alone by not knowing exactly what to do at this point in your life. Lots of time for that. Consider going to college and then consider your options by comparing the fields of study that interest you the most. Then, also consider doing an internship. Don’t be anxious. You’re going to do well.

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