MSG Glenn?

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Bpeebles82
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I'm curious to know how your experiences with the Navy were compared to the Army. I chose the Army because I can start at a higher pay grade than the Navy and also heard Navy promotions are few and far between. I was also told the Army is more family oriented. Just looking to get your thoughts because there's not many with service between the two.

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MSG Glenn
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Navy vs Army

It's kind of comparing apples & oranges. I'll have to say that the SEALs were probably about the same as Rangers or Special Forces even including Airborne operations. Sometimes the missions are the same with the SEALS having more waterborne operations.

My life before the SEALs was in Submarines & that, too is hard to compare to normal Navy life. A Sailor can expect long tours at sea without ever seeing land. I can't really relate to Navy life aboard a surface ship. My experience only included SpecOps sea, air & land fighting & relatively small submarines.

I don't know what the promotion differences are between the two. I made E-6 in about 4-5 years way back then which was fairly fast for the time. My son, an Army Ranger made E-6 in about the same time several years ago. His command told him he was on the fast track. Had he stayed in the Regular Army instead of getting out & going in the Reserve he'd undoubtedly be an E-7 by now & in fact he should make it in his unit soon with about 9 years total time in service. He's due to get the next SFC slot that opens.

Bpeebles82
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Thanks for your input. I was

Thanks for your input. I was always curious to see what others think who've served in multiple branches of the military.

Bpeebles82
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Thanks for your input. I was

Thanks for your input. I was always curious to see what others think who've served in multiple branches of the military.