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Military? Which Branch to Serve

Joining the Military is a big decision, and one we hope will inspire discussion among family, friends and trusted advisors. Every day, many thousands devote themselves to protecting freedoms, maintaining peace, providing relief and supporting policy around the globe. For many young Americans, the benefits of serving can be tremendous: training, honor, education, travel, pay and self-discovery. However, military service is not for everyone. It requires self-discipline, intense physical work and time away from family and friends while protecting America and its citizens at home and abroad. For some, these commitments impose too great a burden. To understand service options and benefits, please visit Today's Military.

Marines

Marines – The Few The Proud
When our nation's commitment to democracy is challenged, when our national interests are threatened, in times of international disaster, crisis or war, the Marine Corps is ready.

We will be first on the scene, first to help and first to fight. For this, we have earned the reputation as "America’s 911 Force" - our nation's first line of defense.

The Marine Corps is ready to respond on the ground, in the air and by sea. This integrated approach distinguishes the Marine Corps as the United States' premier expeditionary force.

Army

Army – Army Strong
The strength of the Army lies not only in numbers but also in the individual Soldier. Because no matter what job they have or rank they hold - there is nothing stronger than a U.S. Army Soldier. The Army consists of more than 675,000 Soldiers: 488,000 on Active Duty, ready to respond immediately to any mission; 189,000 in the Army Reserve, who can be rapidly mobilized when their skills are needed in times of national emergency or global conflict.

Navy

Navy – A Global Force for One
The mission of the Navy is to maintain, train and equip combat-ready Naval forces capable of winning wars, deterring aggression and maintaining freedom of the seas.

Air Craft Carriers: Since World War II, the U.S. Navy's carriers have been the national force of choice. In over 80% of the times when the World was faced with international violence, the United States has responded with one or more carrier task forces. Over the past 25 years, requirements for USN carrier forces to be on station to respond to a crisis have increased.

Other Navy ships are Amphibious Assault Ships, Battleships, Cruisers, Destroyers, Frigates and Submarines

Airforce

Airforce – Fly, Fight, WIN
The mission of the United States Air Force is to fly, fight and win ... in air, space and cyberspace.

To achieve that mission, the Air Force has a vision of Global Vigilance, Reach and Power. That vision orbits around three core competencies: developing Airmen, technology to war fighting and integrating operations. These core competencies make our six distinctive capabilities possible: Air and Space Superiority, Global Attack, Rapid Global Mobility, Precision Engagement, Information Superiority, Agile Combat Support

Coast Guard

Coast Guard – Born Ready
The U.S. Coast Guard is one of five branches of the US Armed Forces, and falls under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The Coast Guard is the nation's oldest continuous seagoing service with responsibilities including Search and Rescue (SAR), Maritime Law Enforcement (MLE), Aids to Navigation (ATON), Ice Breaking, Environmental Protection, Port Security and Military Readiness. In order to accomplish these missions the Coast Guard has 38,000 active-duty men and women, 8,000 Reservists, and 35,000 Auxiliary personnel who serve in a variety of job fields ranging from operation specialists and small-boat operators and maintenance specialists to electronic technicians and aviation mechanics