reply posted on 26-1-2009 @ 05:19 PM by speed_demon
Ok, I have to throw my 2 cents in on this one.
As a Marine currently deployed to Iraq I just want to clarify a few things.
When talking about who is better you have to look at the overall picture. Yes Marines are better when it comes to urban warfare and overall just
taking things over. This only comes because from day 1 of bootcamp we are taught discipline, leadership, and obedience to orders. We follow our rank
structure as if its a golden rule, we are told to do something, we do it no questions asked. If we stop to ask questions people will die. That is
the main reason that the Marines are so proficient in what we do. I have heard it said time and again that an Army Ranger is no better then a Marine
basic infantryman. Now I can not substantiate this because I have not seen what Rangers do, but I like to believe it is true.
The army is trained in a totally different manner than Marines. Their bootcamp is more lax, their overall obedience to rank structure is, to me,
downright non-existent. I personally do not like the army. I have to explain this. We, as Marines, have a set standard that we live by, and the
army doesnt have the same standards as us. Uniform appearance, physical appearance, attitude towards superiours. The army doesnt hold their soldiers
to the same standards that we Marines hold our Marines to.
I will say that the army is good at what they are trained for, whatever that may be, because I really do not know what they are trained to do. From
what I have seen they come in after we have taken an area and set up camp to hold the area so we can move onto taking another area. The only problem
is, they tend to not be able to hold the area and we have to come take it back, its happened many times in Iraq already.
If there were an all out battle between the Army and Marine Corp, its hard to say who would win. The Marine Corp only has roughly 200,000 Marines.
We are all highly trained with rifles and can probably outshoot almost any soldier, however, the Army would come with a massive numbers advantage.
All in all, it would come down to where the battle was to be fought out at, if it was urban like here in Iraq, Marines would win because that is what
we are good at, Urban warfare. If it was just a vast plain, the army just because of the sheer number difference.
In conclusion, I have to add this. The Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corp, National Guard, and Coast Guard in the end all work together to achieve
one goal. To make sure that the man to the left and right of them comes back safely from whatever mission they may be on. When we are on the
battlefield we do not care what branch you are from, we are all brothers and as such we dedicate ourselves more to making sure those around us come
back then we do to making sure we come back. In times of peace however, we like to joke about things like this thread and just have fun altogether.
As I said, we are all brothers, every branch, and as such we are all fighting towards one common goal, to keep the United States and her citizens safe
and continue our countries great freedoms.