Which military branch right for you? Every military branch has its own special features. All to say, each military branch is unique to your own goals, personality, and talents. The Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard all have their own special features. So, which one is best for you?
Here is a brief summary of military branch options available in today’s Military:
As the oldest branch of the United States Military, the Army protects the security of the United States and its resources. It is easily the largest of the military branches and maintains a strong ‘ground’ game. Although, the Army’s manpower has been greatly reduced by the Obama administration, it is bound to grow as our military needs have continued to grow. The Army also offers a few special toys that fly in the sky like the Black Hawk and Apache helicopter. Such aircraft provides strong ground support.
The Army Reserve trains part-time near home until needed, deploying alongside the Army. The reserves are perfect for someone who has a full-time job at home but would like to be available to their country in times of need.
Army National Guard
Army National Guard members deploy with the Army on a part-time basis, with a special focus on homeland security and relief programs.
One of the smallest branch of the Military, the Marine Corps is often first on the ground in combat situations. The Marines are extraordinary faithful and usually the first to hit the beaches during battle. They are very physical and one-on-one considered the most strenuous training.
Marine Corps Reserve
Marine Corps reservists train domestically until needed, then deploy with the rest of the Corps.
The Navy defends the right to travel and trade freely on the world’s oceans, and protects national interests overseas. The Navy offers strong technical training as well as solid aviation careers. In the last decade, the Navy SEALS have captured much of the public eye following the killing of Bin Ladin. Due to ISIS and other terrorist groups the need for special forces training to America’s allies, all the military branches need for special forces will continue to abound.
The Navy Reserve trains servicemembers close to home until they are needed in action.
The U.S. Air Force protects American interests at home and abroad with a focus on air power. With little argument, the Air Force offers superior aviation training and the one branch that runs itself like a corporate 500 organization. All to say, you cannot go wrong by going in the direction of the Air Force.
Air Force Reserve
The Air Force Reserve gives servicemembers the opportunity to train and serve on a part-time basis, as needed.
The Air Guard trains part-time to assist in domestic disasters and international conflicts.
The Coast Guard protects America’s waterways and deploys with the Navy during wartime. The Coast Guard is the smallest of the military branches and remains a strong force here at home. The great thing about the Coast Guard is that if you like working on small ships or large boats, law enforcement, and rescue operations then this may be a viable option for you.
Coast Guard Reserve
The Coast Guard Reserve offers a part-time Service opportunity for servicemembers to train near home.
Which Military Branch Is Right For You?
In summation, which military branch is for you? Again, it comes down to your individual talents, your goals and personality. I dare say, although important, don’t rely on past family experiences along. You are unique. Don’t dare enlist without knowing the civilian ‘future’ considerations of your military training. Think and plan for both the short term and long term. Your military training is an investment for your life not only for you today, but for the future of your family. Do your homework.
Don’t just talk to one branch recruiter, but several. Compare one ‘career path’ from one branch to another. This I can promise, whatever military branch career path that you choose, will dictate a powerful course and land map for your life in the near and long term future.