What Branch of the Military Should You Join Based on Your Life Skills?

By: Brian Whitney

What Branch of the Military Should You Join Based on Your Life Skills?
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About This Quiz

Joining the military isn't just like a job; you can't just quit if you don't like what you signed up for and join something else. That is why it is really important for anyone thinking of signing up for the service to think long and hard about which branch is best for them. There are two basic things that one has to think about when trying to sign up for the military, one is what branch is most suitable for their personality, and another is what branch is most suited to their life skills.

The Army is sort of the Swiss Army knife of the military branches; there are hundreds of different things you can do there that will prepare you for civilian jobs, so many life skills apply. The Marines has the hardest boot camp, only the toughest can survive. The Air Force is known as the military branch that is most focused on technology and education, while the Navy is good for those who like to travel, like the sea and love to be a part of a group. What branch of the military should you join based on your life skills? Take this quiz and find out.

Are you the type of person that can tell a really good joke?
I know my share and tell them well.
Sure, I should be a standup comedian.
I don't know any jokes.
I stink at telling jokes.

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Making fire might be important in the military. Can you make a fire without using any matches?
I think I can do that.
Umm, no way I can do that.
Of course, that is easy.
I have never done it, but I know I can figure it out.

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Sometimes a soldier has to eat. Are you a good cook?
I am an amazing cook.
I struggle with that.
No, I pretty much just eat take out.
I can't cook at all.

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Have you ever made a piece of furniture for your house?
Sure, I have made good pieces of furniture.
No, I have never tried.
Sure, but they aren't that great
No, I hire people to do that.

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Do you ride a motorcycle like you were in "Sons of Anarchy?"
I can ride one a little bit.
No, they freak me out.
Of course, I can.
No, but I could learn.

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Can you calm down a baby that is crying its eyes out?
Well, I can try.
Sure, that is easy for me.
Umm, I don't want to hold a baby.
I don't think I would be good at that.

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Making a good cup of coffee is a skill. Do you make a mean cup of coffee?
Sure, I make good coffee.
I don't drink coffee.
I make the best cup of coffee ever.
No, I always mess that up.

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Do you like to strut your stuff out on the dance floor?
No, but I can if I have to.
I am not that good of a dancer.
I don't dance at all.
Sure, I am a great dancer.

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Can you jump start a car if you have a dead battery?
Well, I have to think about how to do it, but yes.
I am not sure how to honestly.
Sure, who can't?
Yes, that is totally easy.

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Communication through the written word is important. Are you good at writing letters?
I can get by.
Sure, I am pretty good.
No, I hate expressing myself that way.
I am an excellent letter writer.

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Are you good at breaking a rack of pool balls?
Sure, I can do a good break most of the time.
I am not very good at that at all.
Sure, I am excellent at that.
I don't play pool.

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It's hard to drive in a snowstorm, how do you do behind the wheel during a blizzard?
Well, I survive.
I would never drive during a blizzard.
Pfft. I do great driving in a blizzard.
I get stuck all the time.

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You never know when you're going to need a good knot. Are you good at tying complicated knots?
Well, I can tie basic ones.
I can tie pretty complicated ones.
I can't tie knots to save my life.
Sure, I can tie really good knots.

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How are you at carving the turkey on Thanksgiving Day?
I can do it if I have to.
Ugh, not that great.
I have never done it.
I am an artist at it.

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It's important to be able to carry a tune, are you an excellent whistler?
Well, I can whistle a little.
I am an amazing whistler.
I can't whistle at all.
I do okay.

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Do you change your cars oil, or do you take it to a shop?
I usually change it.
I always take it to a shop.
I usually take it to a shop.
I always change it.

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How long can you go without looking at your phone?
About an hour
Two hours
I can go all day.
About five minutes

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Do you consider yourself an expert when it comes to cooking steaks?
I cook a pretty good steak.
Are you kidding? I cook the best steak around.
No, I just throw it on a pan.
I don't eat meat.

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Would you dare to cut down a tree with a chainsaw?
Sure, I could figure it out.
No, that would be dumb.
Sure, that is easy.
No, that would be terrifying.

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You locked yourself out of your house, what do you do?
Force open a window
Call a locksmith
Break a window
Pick the lock on the door

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Everyone should know how to drive a stick, do you?
Sure, I can do it fine.
Nope
Yes, but I struggle.
Sure, it is so easy.

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If you had to, could you sail a boat on the ocean?
I could probably survive.
With ease
I don't think I could.
No, that would be a disaster.

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Biscuits are awesome, can you make them from scratch?
Yes, but they aren't going to be perfect.
Yes, and they'll be awesome.
I wouldn't even know how to begin.
I have tried and they haven't come out too good.

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Poker is the king of card games, do you know how to play?
Sure, I know most of the rules.
I am a poker expert.
Not that well
I can't play at all.

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Anyone can drive, but not everyone can back up a trailer. Can you?
I can get by.
No, that is a total disaster.
I have never tried.
I am not that good.

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Do you know which way is North without looking it up?
I am pretty sure I do.
I would be guessing.
I would have no idea.
For sure

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If you meet someone you want to go out with, how easy is it for you to ask them out?
It isn't easy, but I can do it.
I struggle at that.
Totally easy, I don't care about rejection.
I don't even try.

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What would you do if someone at another table started choking in a restaurant?
Yell for help
Call 911
Pound on the person's chest
The Heimlich maneuver

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You might travel in the military, how many foreign languages do you speak?
2
3 or more
0
1

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Some people like to fish, are you good at casting a line?
I can barely do it.
I am an expert.
I am not too good at that.
I have never fished.

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