I don’t know why you keep getting the idea that I want to go into the military for shits and giggles. That pisses me off to no end. I don’t care about the money or whatever fucking experience it would give me for a career outside of the military. I want to do this because I love my country and would do anything to protect it. I’m sure that’s you decided to join as well, correct?
I think where you went astray in our eyes when you commented on not wanting to be a Marine because you would have less control over your career. All of us prior or current Marine officers took offense to that I suppose because none of us went in thinking that we would have any modicum of control over where we went or the roles we held.
And jeez…OCC and TBS in 2009…I went through the junior / senior course in 1993/1994. I was a Fox Company, 95 TBS grad myself. Funny that they haven’t changed the quality spread yet. But I don’t think that TBS will ever really change.
Okay, sorry for the confusion. I thought that you were talking about my career outside the military. Now that you said that, I realize what’s going on here.
Believe me, I’d love to be a Marine, probably more so than being in the Army. To me, being a Marine is being something that not everybody can say that they did. To me, Marines are far and few between and you don’t really come across them that often, let alone officers.
Now, let’s be realistic here: I don’t expect to have complete control over my career, it’s just not going to happen. What I’m looking for is something (something being the branch that I choose) that would give me the best shot at getting to do what I want. At this point, I feel that it is the Army from what the representatives at West Point, various ROTC programs, and my recruiter have told me. That’s just on the information that I’ve been given, not any premature notions. I wouldn’t blatantly disrespect anyone, let alone a service member, like that.
So, in short here’s my question: Is there really much difference between the branches when it comes to officership and choice in your career path? I know this word “choice” seems stupid when you’re considering the military where really the only choice you get is when you get to tell people what to do.