If you had to, what position in the Armed Forces would you take?
Army Grunt
6.4% (17)
6.4% (17)
Navy Hand
4.9% (13)
4.9% (13)
Air Force Man
19.5% (52)
19.5% (52)
Sniper
21.7% (58)
21.7% (58)
Engineer
15.4% (41)
15.4% (41)
Medic
13.1% (35)
13.1% (35)
Marine
3.7% (10)
3.7% (10)
Cook
14.2% (38)
14.2% (38)
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Poll: If you had to, what position in the Armed Forces would you take?

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cook because there is no combat involved
but if i had to be involved in combat then sniper because i am far away from the enemy

As mentioned, the poll is very silly. You've got various branchs without occupations, and then occupations without branchs.

Anyway, what does "The armed forces" mean? It seems a very US centric poll, is this if we were US citizens, or is this in our own nations military?

A US Marine is very different from a UK Royal Marine which is different again from a Royal Tongan Marine.

Oh, and I'd go for a RFSU. You are never deployed overseas, you spend all your time running around the top end looking for invaders and/or customs infringements. On the other hand, the top end isn't going to be much fun to run around in.

Cazza:
The Australia Defence Association (ADA) says it is concerned there will be a disproportionate number of female casualties if women are allowed to serve in all frontline combat roles.

The standards wouldn't be lowered. Defence Minister Stephen Smith said "no diminution of standards".

Thats seems to only major reason against females in the frontline. Which doesn't make sense. If no standards are lowered that wouldn't be an issue.

It's just an excuse for not letting women in.

Mind you, there needs to be some changes of standards, just not in the obvious ways. The female body is proportioned slightly differently, so the way equipment is handled has to be as well. Women won't be doing the "run X ks carrying Y kgs in Z minutes" thing using the same backpacks as men, for example, and vice versa.

Apparently the standard issue boots are designed solely (no pun intended) for male feet as well, have to change that.

Engineer or cook, I reckon.
Currently got Tietze's syndrome(could be for life...) so physical work isn't in my favor. Rules out pretty much all in the list, but I think engineering would be ok.
Medic was tempting, though I doubt cutting limbs will be much fun.

I'd probably have ended up in the armed forces if I weren't disabled, but yeah air force man, I love the idea of flying, and it seems a little safer from bullets than some of the others

Given what I'm studying at the moment (computer science) I'd probably be best suited to some kind of engineers' role. Or maybe one of those people that sits at a desk giving information to all the ground forces. That kind of thing.

I'd like to be a sniper butrealistically I don't have the patience.

I'd want to go with frontline infantry.
Partially because I've put a lot of thought behind it in case I do enlist and settled on infantry a while ago.

Infantry here.
Despite the term 'grunt' it seems like the best choice. Sniping would try my patience, and if I have to be in a warzone, I want to have my hands on the best gun possible.

I'd prefer to be a medic. I don't think that I could stomach murdering another human being, and would much rather help other soldiers. I don't have any problem with blood or gore, so it is the ideal position for me. Besides, as per the Geneva Convention, I'm going to be protected from being shot at and captured. (within reason, obviously)

A paratrooper.. Jumping into the middle of action, it's just heroic.

I'm am studying mechanical engineering so maybe I would fit into engineers also. But hey, I got good strength and endurance + I'm sort of an thrill seeker, so I would be jealous of all the soldiers doing the real fighting. :P

Not sure its the term they use, but "army grunt" - Im not leadership material, so Id stop after a promotion or two...

Who dares, wins! > : D

Well I was going to go into the Armed Forces as a "Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Specialist", but my crappy eyes kept me out. So I guess realistical I wouldn't be in the military, period. Still if I could go back (and wanted to) I would like that CBRN job. Something that can be used outside the military.

Anyone with any time in the Army knows the Army moves on it's stomach, but succeeds by the efforts of the enlisted.

Give me two specialists, a Corporal, 5 privates, and a field manual, and I will move the world - 1SG Amico (My old Battalion 1st Sgt.)

Army Grunt all the way. Otherwise, the Chair Force can take a back seat, like always, the Navy can move my shit across the ocean, the Marines can fight and never quit, and the Medics are the bravest men and women on the battlefield. As for snipers, well, I never was one for sitting in a hide in the desert with three other guys, not talking, and not moving, for days at a time. Boring. I'd much rather be upgunning a Ma Deuce on a HMMWV, or patrolling a village as the 203 man.

Sniper, I want to be well away from all the actual fighting but still able to defend my self.

I'd say Supreme Emperor of The Universe, but engineer is more plausible i guess.

RMO - Regimental Medical Officer.

I'm starting the application process in about 4 months.

Acrisius:
Who dares, wins! > : D

SASR. FTW.

Fighter pilot. I'm actually trying to do exactly that anyway, just need to get a hold of a recruiter that actually wants to recruit some pilots.

I served as a combat medic. I enjoyed my time and learned a lot of skills which were quite useful even outside of the army life. Later on i enlisted in the program for career soldiers as a medical officer/doctor but after Germany got involved in Afghanistan i quickly looked for another career. The modern application of a "iustum bellum" theory for mainly US american interests wasn't something i could justify to myself and more important to my family to put my life on the line somewhere in the Hindu Kush...

Right now i would only return to the armed forces in a case of "State of Defence". Given the fact that i'm a teacher for an academic highschool, i would probably look for an officer position in a training unit.

Since I like to be very, very far away from anyone else with a gun... I would like to be a sniper.

I am surprised that the "sniper" category didn't wind by a landslide, I for one, voted for "Air Force", as my flying skills (I fly gliders occasionally) are better than my sharpshooting skills (I haven't had any formal training.)
[EDIT] whoops, I guess I forgot my entire engineering education *blush*

I was vaguely interested at one point. I was told I'd probably end up in Signals.

First choice would be fighter pilot, but in the british air force flying a typhoon preferably, rather than navy. Second choice would be sniper, as I like precision and also I don't think I'd get on well in a squad...

Well since I have already done my service and am a Sergeant in Mortars I would be leader of a 6 man + 1 (driver) group using a 120mm Mortar...
So I wont answer your poll since no option goes for that.

Sniper, its a valuable support role and good for gathering intel, not to mention I like the survivalist aspect of it.
I also like the more lone-wolf position, only one to blame is myself if I screw up.

Air force, flying a jet. Second option, sniper.

I like the idea of working on my own or with another person (wingman/spotter), but with a team by supporting them. Also like the guardian angel vibe of both things, particularly the sniper, it's nice to have your squad's back... and front... and sides (or well, at least one of them)

What I'd want isn't listed. I'd go Army helicopter pilot. wouldn't even have to be an attack craft either. I'd be cool with a transport like a blackhawk or a chinook. I've always had a fascination with helicopters but a massive lack of desire to join the armed forces

I can't explain why, but I'd really like to be a sniper. Not because I want to be far away from anyone else with a gun, but just... because.

Whatever keeps me far away from the actual fighting.

That poll is pretty much a joke.

So you can't be part of the Marine Corps and be a Sniper? Or part of the Marine Corps Engineer? Or a Medic on the Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, Navy or Army?

Air Force Man? What the hell? Air Force has firemen, medics, pilots, mechanics, engineers, military police!

"Army Grunt"? Well, can't you be a grunt in the Marines? And AFAIK the Army does have Engineers, cooks, mechanics, etc not only grunts.

This is the perfect "This is your son's brain on CoD" advertisement. The cover has that M for a reason.

ajemas:
I'd prefer to be a medic. I don't think that I could stomach murdering another human being, and would much rather help other soldiers. I don't have any problem with blood or gore, so it is the ideal position for me. Besides, as per the Geneva Convention, I'm going to be protected from being shot at and captured. (within reason, obviously)

You do know that Combat Medics are issued firearms, because nobody expects that convention to be respected by insurgents, rgiht?

Not the first to mention this... but that poll shows a very obvious lack of understanding of Military Occupational Specialties.
One can be a Marine without being a grunt (at the risk of being mocked as a POG, anyway. I know, a friend of mine is a Marine 1161), and one can be a grunt in the Air Force. Used to work alongside some of those guys.

That said, if I had to go back... I'd avoid Army aviation this time around. I really didn't enjoy my job. FTA was one of my mantras.
So... I guess Air Force? Throw my skills at the wall and see what sticks?

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Edit-in-quote for great justice and lack of notification!

ElPatron:

ajemas:
I'd prefer to be a medic. I don't think that I could stomach murdering another human being, and would much rather help other soldiers. I don't have any problem with blood or gore, so it is the ideal position for me. Besides, as per the Geneva Convention, I'm going to be protected from being shot at and captured. (within reason, obviously)

You do know that Combat Medics are issued firearms, because nobody expects that convention to be respected by insurgents, rgiht?

Indeed, pretty much the only members of the military who don't go armed in combat zones are chaplains... and here's a fairly true-to-life take on them:

Armoured Forces. Fuck all who dare to face down my Leopard 2A6.

Sniper. Calm, stealthy, relatively safe, and you get to shoot tiny cannons that can pop someones head like a watermelon from 1Km away. Also, Australian taunting. I swear, if I ever become a sniper, I will say things like "You bloody pikers".

NightmareLuna:
Since I like to be very, very far away from anyone else with a gun... I would like to be a sniper.

Why not artillery in that case? Lob shells at coordinates with everything the army has between you and the people those shells are pissing off. ;-)


More ontopic, I used to be a GIS specialist making mapping databases with some intelligence gathering/processing thrown in, for which you also got to lead a squad who were basically just along as bodyguards.

It suited me fine, and the one or two times that something actually happened, commanding was easy enough too, it more or less came naturally, and I was surprised that initial panic, followed by doing what makes sense and you've been told, and occasionally yelling to shoot those bastards was considered a brave performance. So Escapists, if you think you'd shit yourself if people tried to kill you, blood makes you go pale and you'd only fight to save your own life, congrats, you are considered to be brave. ^_^

I wouldn't mind doing that or on a larger scale, I've always been good at leading people. Don't see why it couldn't work with other units as well.

Skills with GIS and the willingness to get sent to some hellhole for not much more salary than your office job equivalents are earning is such a rare combination that I doubt they'd let me do anything different though. They were so desperate to fill the position I even negotiated out a one-year contract instead of four.

Next time I'd like to add a strict no deserts and no dusty hellholes clause though. Next time some country needs rebuilding, make it one with a decent temperate climate. Go fix up Belgium or something.

cook/engineer/medic

I am not willing to kill anything unless I am:

a) going to eat it.

or

b) it's trying to kill me.

From the limited poll options, I chose Cook because I enjoy cooking... however I don't think I'd enjoy the stress of cooking for hundreds of people within a strict time-frame.

If I had to join the Armed Forces, I'd be a Quartermaster. I think I'd be good at that and derive some satisfaction from doing the job to the best of my ability.

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