Keep that in mind if you consider the Army or Marines, for sure.you have to be sure its what you want. you will have to put up with a lot of bullshit, and a lot of stupid people
Being a former Marine Machine Gunner, I'll say that the 240 certainly is a bitch to shoulder-fire, but it's damn fun! Tried it a couple times and you absolutely cannot hit anything, but then again it's not designed for that the way the M60 was.
I do have to say, Marines certainly do talk a lot of shit about the Army, but I know it comes back our way from you guys just as much. I refuse to get into an Army/USMC pissing match, I'm just saying. Marines are awesome, the Marine Corps as an institution... not so much. I can only speak for the grunt units, but there's a lot of bullshit and such when you're in garrison.
Except for the fact that ALL Marines go through 13 weeks of boot camp, then 8 weeks at the School of Infantry for baby grunts, or 6 weeks of combat training there for non-grunts. So USMC grunts get 21 weeks of training before the fleet, POGs get 19 weeks before they head to their actual MOS school (which could be a few weeks long, or nearly a year). Remember, learn something new every day!Oh and marines may have 13 weeks of basic, but US ARMY Infantry basic is 14 weeks! We arent all that different, exept the army is a little less full of ourselves.
BTW, if I could go back and do it all over again (providing I still decided to join up), it would be between the Air Force and the Coast Guard.