So, I'm definitely going to join a branch of the Military. I don't really know the difference between any of the branches - I just know that my life isn't going where I want it, and I want to learn some self respect and other useful "tools" that I could learn and use later in life. I don't even know much about why we're in this War, but I do know there has been a lot of killing. In a nutshell, I wanted to join the Marines because I hear that they are more respected in general than the other branches. I also wanted to go through the extensive boot camp that the Marines go through and the other branches don't. For some reason I feel I have to prove to myself that I can handle 13 weeks of boot as opposed to 9 weeks the other branches go through. My friend did 4 years in the Navy, and now he wants to go back to the Military, and since I don't know much about any of the branches, I was going to go with whatever he chose. He is choosing between Army and the Marines, but is leaning towards Army because he thinks that there are a lot more Marines dying in Iraq than Army (could someone verify this?). I wanted to do Marines, but I'm going to choose whatever he choose because he's already done boot camp and he's told me that if we sign up together, there's a big chance that we could do boot together and possibly be shipped to the same area (could someone also verify this?). Anyway, in a nutshell - I'm clueless as to what any of the branches do, and I don't really want to get shipped to Iraq, but I DO want to go through the hardest training possible. Any idea?