Im not sure but I know I am after high school
some people need to do the military. because they have no guidance at home to show them the way. I did army reserve for 8 years. and no desire to get military retirement I soured two years in my 8 year commitment. so miserable for six years, but... not everyone had same experience. this is what I would suggest if doing the military.
1) don't go in as the bottom rank. three levels of private for army and you can go in as private first class (e3) from highschool. so that is the way to go, don't let your recruiter tell you otherwise.
2) id recommend air force or marines over army. army was not physically challenging for me. I was in better shape before going to basic training, than when I came back. it was 'fat camp' there and I gained weight because I wasn't challenged, so I wish I had done marines for that reason. air force generally more educated people running things from people that I've talked to. in the army, there are a lot of not bright people giving you tasks, and as a whole the joke/serious motto of the army is hurry up and wait.
3) highly recommend picking an MOS with the highest possible clearance instead of taking an MOS with the highest bonus, usually the clearance MOSes have little or no signing bonuses, there is a reason for this kids, it's because THEY ARE INVALUABLE in the civilian world and they have a hard time retaining those people, because they cash in the civilian world.
4) I'd recommend finding seeking out people in jobs/careers you want to do, military or not. not ones your recruiter points you to.
to summarize, resist picking an MOS based on signing bonus. if reserves resist picking a unit just based on location.
THINK LONG TERM.
Giving back has a good point, I would go after Air Force or the Coast Guard. They are more of the intellectual services. Don't be discouraged by the answers here, sometimes it doesnt pan out for the people but for others it was the best decision they ever made. Funmail me if you want some tricks to passing bootcamp, I have a few friends that served as drill sergeants. G-d bless you and thankyou for your courage.
my boyfriend joined the military, and it was something he really wanted.
he's been there for a year already (marines) and he regrets it. he says thats something that nobody wants.
he's told me some of the things he's seen and they arent pretty. so if you go out there..be careful and make sure you are WELL informed about what your about to do.
what do you mean "branch of the army"? do you mean branch of the military?
it depends on what you want to do. Each branch offers different career training.
if you want to go to college, join the reserves. That way if you're in school, they wait for you to graduate before they send you off.