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Army, marines, air force, and navy? Can someone explain them?

I understand I am an adult an so forth, I should know what they are and all of that, but I don't. I would appreciate help and not rudeness... Please.

I understand that marines is water and air force is air, but what happens when you enlist into each. What is the difference in years? While enlisted do you live on a base? How often do you see family or come home? Can you get married? What happens when you re-enlist? I'm just confused.

Thanks in advance for help.

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Asked by Anonymous at 9:32 AM on Aug. 26, 2012 in Military

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  • I think Crafty pretty much covered it -- branches that cover the land, sea and air !!

    Answer by isismoon3 at 3:47 PM on Sep. 2, 2012

  • The United States Coast Guard was originally established as the Revenue Cutter Service in 1790. In 1915, it was reformed as the United States Coast Guard, under the Treasury Department. In 1967, the Coast Guard was transferred to the Department of Transportation. Legislation passed in 2002 transferred the Coast Guard to the Department of Homeland Security. In peacetime, the Coast Guard is primarily concerned with law enforcement, boating safety, sea rescue, and illegal immigration control. However, the President of the United States can transfer part or all of the Coast Guard to the Department of the Navy in times of conflict. The Coast Guard consists of ships, boats, aircraft and shore stations that conduct a variety of missions.

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    Answer by Crafty26 at 11:13 AM on Aug. 26, 2012

  • Marines.... cont'... For combat operations, the Marines like to be self-sufficient, as much as possible, so they also have their own air power, consisting primarily of fighter and fighter/bomber aircraft and attack helicopters. Even so, the Marines use the Navy for much of their logistical and administrative support. For example, there are no doctors, nurses, or enlisted medics in the Marine Corps. Even medics that accompany the Marines into combat are specially-trained Navy medics. With the exception of the Coast Guard, the Marines are also the smallest service. There are approximately 18,000 officers and 153,000 enlisted personnel on active duty in the Marines. Like the Navy, there is no Marine Corps National Guard, but Marines are supported in times of need by the Marine Corps Reserves.

    Answer by Crafty26 at 11:11 AM on Aug. 26, 2012

  • The Marines are often referred to as the "Infantry of the Navy." Marines specialize in amphibious operations. In other words, their primary specialty is to assault, capture, and control "beach heads," which then provide a route to attack the enemy from almost any direction. The Marines were officially established on 10 November 1775 by the Continental Congress, to act as a landing force for the United States Navy. In 1798, however, Congress established the Marine Corps as a separate service. While amphibious operations are their primary specialty, in recent years, the Marines have expanded other ground-combat operations, as well. The Marines are generally a "lighter" force when compared to the Army, so they can generally be deployed fast (although the Army has been making great strides in "rapid deployment" in the past few years). ..... CONT....

    Answer by Crafty26 at 11:11 AM on Aug. 26, 2012

  • Like the Army, the Navy was officially established by the Continental Congress in 1775. The Navy's primary mission is to maintain the freedom of the seas. The Navy makes it possible for the United States to use the seas where and when our national interests require it. In addition, in times of conflict, the Navy helps to supplement Air Force air power. Navy aircraft carriers can often deploy to areas where fixed runways are impossible. An aircraft carrier usually carries about 80 aircraft. Most of these are fighters or fighter-bombers. Additionally, Navy ships can attack land targets from miles away (with very heavy guns), and cruise missiles. Navy submarines (fast attack and ballistic missile subs) allow stealth attacks on our enemies from right off their shores. The Navy is also primarily responsible for transporting Marines to areas of conflict.

    Answer by Crafty26 at 11:10 AM on Aug. 26, 2012

  • The Air Force is the youngest military service. As mentioned in the beginning of this article, the Air Force was created in 1947 under the National Security Act of 1947. Prior to 1947, the Air Force was a separate Corps of the Army. The primary mission of the Air Force is to defend the United States (and its interests) through exploitation of air and space. To accomplish this mission, the Air Force operates fighter aircraft, tanker aircraft, light and heavy bomber aircraft, transport aircraft, and helicopters (which are used mainly for rescue of downed-aircrew, and special operations missions). The Air Force is also responsible for all military satellites, and controls all of our Nation's strategic nuclear ballistic missiles.

    Answer by Crafty26 at 11:09 AM on Aug. 26, 2012

  • There are five military branches: The Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard.

    Army. The United States Army is the main ground-force of the United States. The Army's main function is to protect and defend the United States (and its interests) by way of ground troops, armor (tanks), artillery, attack helicopters, tactical nuclear weapons, etc. The Army is the oldest U.S. Military service, also the largest U.S. Military Service.


    Answer by Crafty26 at 11:08 AM on Aug. 26, 2012

  • I don't deal with army lol. I'm sure it's probably said in all branches.

    Answer by Mrs_Harsh at 10:55 AM on Aug. 26, 2012

  • That motto is not just a Marine motto. The Army has that motto to. Back who knows when. It was actually true. Not now though.

    Answer by louise2 at 10:47 AM on Aug. 26, 2012

  • You can get married but the motto in the marines is if they wanted you to have a family they would have issued you one ( it's a joke) , when you reenlist nothing happens you just continue your life as a service member . Every soldier ( unless in trouble) gets leave time to travel, they can go home or wherever although there are a few destinations that are off limits.

    Answer by Mrs_Harsh at 10:12 AM on Aug. 26, 2012

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