Anonymous whispered I want to join the military, but I'm not sure what branch I want to do.... I'm thinking about Navy or Marine Corps and if I can't do that, I want to join the Army. Navy I'd want to be a MA, EOD, or a Diver. Marine Corps I'd want to be Recon (everyone does, I know), and if I have to join the Army I'd want to be a Cav Scout or a Ranger.... Any advice! I'm currently 17 years old and about to graduate high school, but college is not an option for me.

Hey there!

You certainly have some high goals for any of the branches, which is not bad! It’s good to have options and backup plans in case your first plan fails. As far as deciding goes, it’s not going to hurt you to talk to all three recruiters for their respective branch; ask them anything and everything you want to know, find out what you can get offered to you, any enlistment bonuses available, how far out MEPS is handing out ship dates. Everything. Take notes while you’re with each recruiter if you need to. Go for your first choice and before you move on make absolutely sure that there is no possible chance of you snagging a contract for the rate or MOS that you want. Do not settle for any less than what you want.

I shouldn’t have to tell you that, with the exception of MA, all of those rates are high-intensity, very physical jobs. I’m going to give you the benefit of the doubt here with saying that you’re probably athletic, in some shape or form, and not a couch potato who plays COD and Battlefield all day long.

Navy standards you must be within your weight limits for your height, and you must be able to run 1.5 miles in at least 12:30, and you must do at least 50 situps and 42 pushups in 2 minutes. However, if you do pick up a EOD/Diver contract you must run 1.5 miles in 12:30, do 6 pullups in 2 minutes, 50 situps and pushups in 2 minutes, and swim 500 yards (breaststroke or combat sidestroke) in 12:30.

Marine Corps PFT standards for your age group are: 3 pullups, 50 situps in 2 minutes, and a 3 mile run in at least 28:00.

Marine Corps CFT standards are as follows: a 880 yard run in at least 4:13, 33 ammo can lifts, and a 300 yard “Movement Under Fire” shuttle run (consisting of weaving in and out of cones, a buddy drag, fireman’s carry, and “grenade toss”) in at least 3:58.

Army standards: a minimum of 35 pushups in 2 minutes, 47 situps in 2 minutes, and a 2 mile run in at least 16:36.

I would also suggest talking with members from each branch who are currently in the rates/MOS’s you are interested in. Ask for their advice and the ups and downs of each one. When you go to MEPS, know what you want and do not let the detailer play fuckfuck games with you. Sit down in that office and tell him that you want x job and you will not take any others. If there is no contract available at that time, tell your recruiter that you will go back to MEPS until you get that contract.

Best of luck to you!




I will never not laugh at this video

my dad’s been deployed to Afghanistan 4 times and he almost pissed himself laughing at this

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The prisoner defiantly stares down Heinrich Himmler, Hitler’s right-hand-man, who was responsible for the Holocaust. Greasley’s confrontation with Himmler took place during an inspection of the camp he was confined to. The inmates were ordered to remain seated, but Greasley refused. Horace Greasley also escaped the death camp, but sneaked back in to rescue a German woman whom he had fallen in love with.

this is amazing

Wait it gets better, he escaped from the camp 200 times to meet with the woman he was in love with and returned after every time because there was no other place to go to. He also wrote an autobiography omfg this dude is seriously awesome

why hasnt this got more notes, seriously this guy was in a concerntration camp and all you guys reblog is fluffy chickens

Chill out maybe it just hadn’t gotten around to the right people yet regarding the notes


War Is Hell by Horst Faas


Recruits of Delta Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, begin a timed half-mile sprint during a combat fitness test April 15, 2014, on Parris Island, S.C. The CFT is comprised of three scored events that help measure combat readiness. The test is an annual training requirement for all Marines. Delta Company is scheduled to graduate May 2, 2014. (Photo by Cpl. Octavia Davis)

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