The United States military is not an organization that is joined lightly. Being a soldier, a sailor, an airman or a Marine is not like getting a part-time job flipping burgers. First, recruits are trained and tested to the breaking point. If you have a trick knee or a bad back, you'll find out just how bad or tricky when a drill sergeant has you jumping over barriers in an obstacle course. Do you take criticism badly? Too bad! In basic training, you will be yelled at until you cry, and you will do push-ups until your chest gives out.
Once you get through your training, there is a lot to consider. Being a sailor, for example, means traveling all over the world, but have you considered how you would travel? As a sailor, you could wind up on an aircraft carrier or a destroyer, but you could also become a submariner, going weeks without seeing the light of day. Claustrophobia much?
Or if you become an airman, you might be a pilot, but if you are too tall, too nearsighted or too colorblind, you could wind up working in intelligence, or in the office of STRATCOM, who controls the US nuclear arsenal.
If you join the Army or the Marines, you will see a bit of everything, but if deployed, life will consist of long stretches of boredom punctuated with brief sequences of terror. Sure, you get to name your rifle, but would you rather the Afghan desert to gazing out from the deck of a frigate on the Indian Ocean?
Time to find out what branch fits you! Take this quiz and enlist, puke!