In other words, what are the pros and cons of each? What benifits do they offer? I'm asking this because I've heard that the Navy and the Air Force will pay (or help pay) for you college and books. But with our economy the way it is, and the war over seas still going on, I'm curious about which would be the most benificial. Any suggestions?
I think the best thing to do here would be to discuss this with recruitment specialists from both branches of the military that you are interested in. After speaking with them you should be able to decide which branch is better suited to you and your specific needs.
While I can not answer for your particular situation without knowing your skills, talents, education, and personal situation, the military has been an attractive destination, not just for the average person, but for people as a whole. The military draws people from all walks of life, from all segments of the population, though it has its detractors with data suggesting that it has more of one population segment than others, such as race, ethnicity, income, and social class. The advantages that follow pertains to all branches of the military including the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and the National Guard. The Army and Navy have had storied histories in books, TV, and film.
The most popular advantages are: it's the best way to serve your country, a superior health care system in the world for you and your immediate family, a consistent pay check , free or subsidized housing, free meals, free college education, (while on active duty), structured system of possible promotion, advanced skill training, superior retirement plans, after 20 years an entitlement for additional retirement pay,requires physical conditioning to improve your health, emergency relief aid for active duty personnel, allows for command experience, public perception of warrior personality, funding for children's education and living expenses, travel, and a more lenient judicial system.
The disadvantages are:a possible deployment to very hostile areas, a forfeiture of certain rights, a commitment of eight years, living with, working with, and putting your life in the hands of people unfamiliar to you, must be tolerant to receive orders and obey commands that are personally undesirable, and an impersonal fashion and appearance.