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Navy vs. Marines-Naval Aviator (Here we go again)

Discussion in 'Main Forum' started by Chughes, May 17, 2017.

  1. Chughes

    Chughes New Member

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    Howdy guys,
    I realize this has been posted before and I have read through a great deal of threads on this topic, but I would like some updated responses because things change by the minute.

    I have decided to apply for a pilot spot in both the Navy and the Marines. I'm hopeful that I will get an offer for both with my major, GPA, ASTB, PFT scores etc. and if I don't then I will go with whatever I can get.

    So from you Naval Aviators that have experienced it, I would love some feed back (pros, cons, differences) on any or all of the following areas:

    Standard of living (bases, locations, housing, pay, bonuses)

    Atmosphere (attitudes, people, culture)

    Flying time/Assignments

    Types of Missions (depending on platform)

    Family Life

    Any additional feedback you want to add


    Thanks in advance!
     
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  2. RUFiO181

    RUFiO181 Making Recruiting Great Again

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    Before anyone answers...

    1. Did you talk to a Navy and Marine Officer Recruiter?
    2. Did you search the forums?

    Most if not all these questions have been answered. Thank you.
     
  3. Swanee

    Swanee Self aware since 2014 Contributor None

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    They don't. You aren't special. The answers are the same.
     
  4. Chughes

    Chughes New Member

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    Yes, I have read through them many times. I've read through forums 10+ years old and the answers change quite a bit depending on how old the post is.

    As far as my recruiters go, I've got ex logistics in the Navy office and all ground in the Marines and many of their answers are pertaining to their particular backgrounds.
     
  5. RUFiO181

    RUFiO181 Making Recruiting Great Again

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    More than likely they know a Pilot who can field questions.

    Also, see @Swanee 's post.
     
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  6. Austin-Powers

    Austin-Powers Talk about Work Work Landings Work Work

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    Asking the difference between the Navy and Marines is like Creamy or Crunchy Peanut Butter :eek:
     
  7. Pags

    Pags Well-Known Member None

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    The biggest difference is about 10lbs between the average Naval Aviatior in the Marines and the Navy. The rest is noise.
     
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  8. jmcquate

    jmcquate Well-Known Member

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    .......and that whole Captain thingy. Very confusing.
     
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  9. pilot_man

    pilot_man No longer the biggest Hornet asshole on AW. None

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    I guess I'm not as busy or important as these other guys so I'll give you something of a real answer.

    Standard of living:
    Bases: Air Force > Navy > Army > Marines (this is caused by the funding resourced to maintaining and upgrading the facilities)
    Locations: Overall I would say this is a draw. Both are generally around the coast, except for gems like Lemoore and Yuma. This really depends on platform.
    Housing: Same as bases. If you don't go FDNF then I wouldn't recommend living on base. Live out in town. Buy a house.
    Pay: The only real difference is the Navy offers a DH bonus and the Marines last I checked did not. A married Navy O-3 over 5 years makes the same as a married Marine O-3 over 5. The difference could be BAH, but that is only based on location and not branch of service.

    Atmosphere:
    Marines are hard charging killers, and the Navy is a little more laid back, but still killers. I think that is a broad enough description.

    Flying time / Assignments:
    I get the feeling that the Navy is a little better with flying time. A typical Navy F-18 guy will have more hours than a Marine F-18 guy with the same timing. It's pretty easy for a Navy guy to fly for the first 14-15 years of their career. I don't think that's the case with the Marines. They like to send their guys out on JTAC tours and such.

    Types of Missions:
    Just look at the platforms. MV-22, legacy F-18, F-35B, Cobras, H-53s, Prowlers, C-130s...... vs E-2/C-2, Hornets, Rhinos, Growlers, soon F-35C, H-60s, H-53s, P-3/P-8...
    If I had to summarize I would say the Marines are more focused to ground attack and troop support and the Navy is more maritime dominance with strike capabilities.

    Family life:
    We all deploy and some of us live in shitty places. If your deployment is to a hotel in Misawa then you are going to be able to stay connected to the family better than if you are floating on a ship that hasn't realized it's 2017 and people like to be connected to the world. Marines deploy to ships too. For me it was easier to stay connected to the family from a base in Afghanistan than it was at any point on the boat. So really, it all depends.

    Keep in mind that I am Navy Naval Aviator. A Marine will probably tell you something completely different.
     
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  10. Sonog

    Sonog Active Member None

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    meathead + bro + dork = Marine pilot
    surfer dude + bro + nerd = Navy pilot

    Where do you see yourself fitting in?

    All joking aside you're not going to get a good grasp of culture and atmosphere from a forum. Figure out how to go talk to some real life Navy and Marine pilots. If the difference is negligible apply to both and go with the first chance you get. Because either way both jobs are badass, both are Naval Aviation, and any pros/cons that you can find with all of your questions you asked here will balance out
     

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