Which Branch is Right For You?

This question is one of the main reasons this web site was created.  A friend (non-military person) told me that they thought all the information they needed to know on how to join the military could came from any “Macho” guy from that “male dominated profession”.  The information contained in this web site has come together from hundreds of military members with years of experience, numerous conversations, interactions, and professional experiences of various military friends of mine.  So, enjoy the information from a “Macho” guy from a not so male dominated military profession as you click around Military-Coach.com.  The information you need to make an educated military decision is located here.  Return often to this site as it is updated daily.  Thanks for visiting this site!

What military branch of service is the right one for me?  Every person interested in joining the military starts off by asking themselves this question.  It may come in a varied form, but the answer usually ends up defaulting to two different decision making questions.

FIRST QUESTION:

Which service(s) has my family served in?  This answer usually follows the males of the family that served before 1990 (Operation Desert Shield & Desert Storm)?  With this knowledge in hand there are two sub sections of this answer.  The mind set goes a little like this…

Sub Question A -

Do I want to join the same service as my family and keep the tradition going?  This will make my parents and relatives very proud.  The fact, that I’m carrying on a tradition with the same branch.  Going into the same service will guarantee that they know what I’m going through.

OR Sub Question B-

Do I want to join a tougher (or sometimes easier) service?  This will make my family happy that I can achieve a bit more then they did.

Generally, from hardest to easiest in boot camp, training, and deployment tempo is the US Marines Corps, US Army (including the Army National Guard of different states), US Coast Guard, US Navy, and the US Air Force (including the Air National Guard of different states).  There is some overlap of hardness in these branches of service, but the scale is in general terms and doesn’t account for the specialty Units such as Marine Force Recon, Army Delta, Army Rangers, Marine and Army Snipers, Coast Guard Surfman, Navy Seabees, Navy SEALS, Air Force Para Rescue, and many other.

 

SECOND QUESTION:

What job do I want to do in the military? And which branch can give me that job/career?  Sometimes this question is asked of onesself  to fill a temporary answer to a short term issue.  Such as needing employment (driven by various parents after high school graduation), wanting to get out of a small town, parents applying verbal pressure to do something with your life (after moving back in with Mom and Dad), or a recruiter trying to push a specific Military Occupation Specialty to fill a quota.

A better second question should be:

What occupation does the US Military have to offer me that would best translate into a guaranteed career in the civilian world, when my military requirement is done?

Here is an example of successful strategic moves using the military as a stepping stone to accomplish career goals as an enlisted member.  A very close family member started his career in the Navy as an Enlisted Seabee.  The Seabees are a Navy Construction Battalion that travel all over the world and build any type of structure that Marine Corps or the Navy need in various locations.  They are usually close to the front lines of the battlefields.  He wasn’t content with just doing the very minimum in his selected Navy Rate (MOS).  He also took up drafting, surveying, and paid attention to engineering which were also helpful in his Seabee career.  Along came Vietnam and he also testing his skills under the most dangerous of conditions.  After rotating out of the Navy, he went to the local college using the GI Bill.  He worked full time, went to night school, and was raising a family with his young wife.  Using his experience in the military, college degree, additional civil service points for being in the military, personal ambition & drive he went to work for the City of Los Angeles as a City Civil Engineer.

The line is very straight from start to finish.  The path of good career choices, honorable & decorated service, college education, and obtain a good career with the building blocks provided him in the military.  This path can be duplicated for becoming a Police Office, Correctional Officer, diesel mechanic, plumber, pilot, air craft mechanic, or any specific trade by substituting college education with trade schools.  The first step is to score a high enough score on the ASVAB to get the military occupation that you want.  That starts by doing well in school, reading ASVAB study guides, learning testing techniques, having a life schedule of what to do, learning your personal strengths & weaknesses in testing skills, and knowing what to expect from the ASVAB.

Becoming a Military Officer

Every branch of the military has different routes to becoming a military officer.  Each branch will be focused upon as this web site develops.  Details to become a military officer in each branch will be outlined  in other pages of this web site.  Send questions if you’d like to focus on any specific branch of service.