Navy vs. Army

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  1. Patriot95

    Patriot95 Member

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    I'm a junior in high school and want to attend one of the service academies or do ROTC in college if I am not accepted into an academy. At first I really wanted to be in the Army, but now I can't decide if I want to do be in the Navy. At some point in time I would want to try out for a special forces groups such as the Navy Seals or Army Rangers. I understand that both of these sf groups are really hard to get into, but I would at least like to attempt to get in one. From the research I've done I really like the thing the Navy Seals do and it seem like they a lot more training than the Army Rangers and they do more specialized missions. I kind of understand what the Army Rangers do but not completely. What exactly do they do? Do they only deal with land warfare? I feel like the only reason I would want to be in the Navy is so I could try to become a Navy Seal, but other than that I rather be in the Army. I understand that I may not get into either of the two, I at least want to attempt to get in though. Also, is there any other kind of special forces group that is in any way like the Navy Seals?
     
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  2. Jwmiller6

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    First, I suggest doing a little more research. Special Forces are only Army (Green Beret); Navy Seals are Special Operations. Technically, Army Rangers are not Special Forces.

    Now, Green Beret and Navy Seals do many things that are similiar, and many things that are different. I suggest talking to special forces and special operation recruiters; however, do not trust everything they say (find a source -maybe google - that can validate for you). Both of these paths you can join off the streets, if you meet the minimum requirements. However, I believe you must be 20 to go Green Beret (maybe comlpete some college, then you join through the 18 x-ray program).

    Hope this helps!
     
  3. Jcleppe

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    A bit of a correction to the post above.
    The above advice seems to be geared toward Enlistment.

    I assume from the OP that he is looking at gaining a commission. That being the case you can't just join either SF or SO "Off the street".

    For the Army, an officer will need to be a Captain or 1LT Promotable before they apply for SF.

    You'll have to ask the Navy about there requirements for Naval Officers looking to apply to SO.
     
  4. Patriot95

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    Just wondering, if you were to do something such as the 18x contract can it lead to a long career in the military? I just don't want to enlist and be in the military for several years, I would like to be in the military for as long as I possibly could.
     
  5. Jwmiller6

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    Oops, I apologize. My post was definitely directed at enlistment. Should have read his post a little closer.

    I cannot give you an accurate answer (nor would I want to make an assumption) to that. The military can be very unpredictable, especially with the downsizing that is happening.
     
  6. scoutpilot

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    Try actually researching this yourself instead of asking people on here to type you out a general overview of different units and their missions. It's all readily available on the internet. Educate yourself, and then ask specific questions, not just "what do they do?"
     
  7. ESLGuy

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    Like the poster above me said, look into it. Also consider things like surroundings, would you rather be on a ship or on land? And why enlist when you can be an officer? Unless that's not possible for you...
     
  8. Patriot95

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    I see your point, but it seems like it's taking forever to start my military career. I've been really thinking about it since I started middle school.
     
  9. kinnem

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    Well, Rome wasn't built in a day either. Patience... patience... every day is a step closer and time you can spend preparing.
     

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