Should You Enlist in the Army or Marines?

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Zoe Samuel

5 Min Quiz

Image: Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum

About This Quiz

The US Army and US Marine Corps are two of the oldest branches of the United States military. While the army has been around since the revolution, the Marine Corps was resurrected during the Barbary Wars by General William Eaton, and they wear a ceremonial scimitar based on the design of his sword. The Army runs much of what we traditionally think of as war activities, including artillery, certain close air support, intelligence gathering, and of course, the Army Ranger commandos.

The US Marine Corps on the other hand specializes. It brands itself as "the tip of the spear" and is technically part of the Navy. On US Navy vessels, marines patrol the ships, trained to fend off boarders. They also work overseas, usually part of the first boots on the ground, completing specialist missions that require highly trained amphibious infantry. The Marines are proud of their history of expert riflemen, and that training sits at the core of their skillset.

Of course, not everyone is cut out for combat roles in either branch of the military. Both groups have public relations officers and specialists in electronic warfare, pilots (combat and otherwise) and medics. Still, it's possible neither group is right for you, and perhaps you belong in another government job, or none at all. Take this quiz to find out where you should land.

How good were your grades in high school?

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What was your best subject?

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What outdoor activities did you do growing up?

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What sport did you play growing up?

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Which movie do you think accurately reflects life in the military?

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What would be the skill you'd most like to perfect in the military?

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Do you see yourself as a lifer?

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Would you go into another government job after leaving the service?

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Do you want to go into a technology-based job when you retire from the service?

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Will you need the G.I. Bill?

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Do you look forward to helping out in noncombat situations?

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How do you feel about the US Navy?

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If you were in the middle of a huge battle, where would you want to be?

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What have you done in your life to prepare yourself for the battlefield?

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How are you with languages?

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Do you have any interest in doing intelligence work?

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Are you diplomatic?

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How are you at seeing things from the other side's point of view?

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How disciplined are you?

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How many push-ups can you do?

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Are you a good swimmer?

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How are you with the sight or smell of blood?

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What do you like to do in your spare time?

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How overweight are you?

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What's your worst existing injury?

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How's your eyesight?

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Are you a quick study with technology?

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Do you keep on top of current world events?

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Can you blend in?

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What outside skills do you bring to the military?

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