Would You Be an Army Ranger or a Navy SEAL?

Zoe Samuel

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About This Quiz

The Army Ranger and the Navy SEAL are two of the most iconic figures in our military culture. They are both Special Forces, drawn from different parts of the American military. The military itself has four branches: the Army, the Navy, the Air Force, and the Marines. They are each tasked with defending the homeland and carrying out operations to secure global security. 

Not all of what they do is about war, either - they provide a huge amount of humanitarian aid, and when there are terrorists to be fought, they are often sent in. They also secure the high seas and the world's key trade routes against piracy. The world is a lot more dangerous for some people because of them, it's true - and many of those people are sadly innocent civilians - but it's also a lot safer for many, including not just Americans but also our allies and even some of our enemies. Even by current standards (i.e., civil war), it would be a particularly miserable day indeed in Yemen, for example, if the Gulf of Aden or the Red Sea were overrun by pirates!

Each military branch has its own special elite units to match its particular required skill set. If you tell us about your skills and preferences, we'll see which of these two elite fighting forces you should join - or whether you should stay at home instead!

How often did you go camping when you were growing up?

Do you still go camping, as an adult?

How old were you when you mastered swimming?

How old were you when you first learned to cook?

Do you know how to sail?

What do you need to navigate where there are no roads or trails?

What do you need to start a fire?

What do you need to improvise shelter?

What do you need to improvise marine transportation?

How's your vision?

How comfortable are you in freezing conditions?

How comfortable are you in very hot conditions?

Do you know what direction to approach a Bedouin encampment from?

Would you like to work for JSOC?

What do you think about the USAF?

What aircraft is the most important one on the battlefield?

If you were going to have a boring job in the military, what would you like to do?

If you were in law enforcement, what sort of job would you want?

What sport do you follow?

What sort of injury frightens you the least?

Which of the following frightens you the most?

How are you with rock climbing?

How long can you hold your breath?

Can you name a class of knot other than just "knots"?

What is a fairlead?

What is an R2D2?

If you're the enemy, and American soldiers with rainbow patches on their uniforms are coming for you, what should you do?

Do you plan on going into intelligence after your service is over?

Which motto appeals to you the most?

Do you come from a military family?

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