Haha, that is how I think about it a lot, even though I know it's stupid. I don't think I'll stop thinking like that until I actually experience it and get all of my childlike dreams crushed lol. I guess the better question is, since the Marine Corps is all about FAC tours, and they're not rare at all, what are the chances of me being able to fly with a carrier-based squadron in the Marine Corps, assuming I even make it that far? I heard Dave Berke on the Jocko Podcast mention that because he was with a squadron that deployed off carriers, he didn't even feel like a real Marine. On the other hand, am I overestimating how fulfilling it would be to deploy with a carrier? All Marine Corps jet pilots train with carriers, so just doing it in training would maybe be enough to give me my fix, right? This has all probably been asked before, so are there any good threads I can read directly comparing the career outlooks for both branches for wannabe jet pilots?I like telling people, and not just you, that they need to understand how the Navy works. I do not say this to be mean, but don't plan on doing the "one-off" cool-sounding jobs. It's good to have a goal, but at some point you have to make tradeoffs (in your case, carrier aviation & culture vs. other things you might want to do). You also have to remember that goal may be limited to a very specific timeline in your career path only for you to be told: "sorry, your timing doesn't work." I remember being in your shoes thinking: "oh man the Navy has so many opportunities; I want to do them all," but the reality is everyone on the officer side is owned by a "community" within the Navy, that has to be willing to give you up for the vast majority of the "cool" opportunities that are not immediately on the path/billeted for that community. Also, each job is specifically for a specific rank and timeline +/-. Additionally, once you get off one path, it can be very difficult to get back on it; I say this because I remember thinking as a brand new Midshipman something along the lines of: "oh man, I'll fly one tour, go instruct, then do some random other cool super tactical thing, at this point I'll be old enough to want to settle down a bit, go to grad school, I'll be schooled up, go back to flying, then become an attache, then go back to flying again... yadda yadda yadda" but it's not exactly like that. There's a set path, with limited options, and while there are some off ramps, they are often permanent off-ramps, and most of those are highly selective and timing dependent, plus your community has to be willing to give you up.