If you are wondering what the Pros and Cons are about joining the Army Infantry, I am going to give you my personal take on how I see the Infantry after being a part of it.
Other people might have different views but this is what I have come up with serving as an Infantryman and the feedback from many people from the lowest ranking Private to the Sergeant Major.
Many always wonder what the pros and cons are so here it is.
Pros being in the Army Infantry
- Being able to learn how to defend yourself – Being in the Infantry, you go through a lot of training that will teach you how to properly defend yourself if you ever meet with the enemy. You go through combative training that will teach you how to properly defend yourself if it ever came time to use hand-to-hand combat with your enemy. They will also teach you different battle drills to prepare you in case the enemy is shooting at you from afar, how to properly maneuver and eliminate them.
- Building a Bond that only ones in the Infantry will understand- Being in the Infantry, there are some things other people or other branches in the service will never understand. Events like when we sleep in the field, we don’t have beds or cots, we have rocks and trees. We find ways to adapt to any living environment and that’s what separates us from the other MOS’s in the Army. The way we eat, the way we train and the way we carry ourselves, that’s what truly separates us from the rest and you won’t know that unless you are in the Infantry. We build bonds like no other from all the struggles we endure.
- Earning the Infantry Blue Cord- The Blue Cord is only worn by those who have completed Basic Combat Training. The Blue Cord is what separates the Infantry from everyone else. Those who earn it wear it with Pride. It makes us stand out.
- Being able to meet the enemy– One of my biggest joys about being in the Infantry is the opportunity to find and eliminate the enemy. The reason for that is because those are the people who look for me and want to do the same, and those are the people that hurt my brothers and sisters in arms regardless of what branch of service they are. We are all one team and one fight. I like to bring the heat to the enemy so that way they won’t bring the heat to me.
- Being in great shape– Being in the Infantry you are going to be in great shape if you don’t cut any corners. We work 10 times harder than anyone else because we have to, not because we want to. We always have to be prepared for the fight, we could be called at anytime to defend our Country. So if you want to have a beach body year round, join the Infantry.
- Being the tip of the spear– What I mean by being the tip of the spear is our Country relies on us to find the enemy and eliminate them. We are first to go into battle to take care of things before everyone else comes to set up. We are Fearless and Relentless! We are the care takers and we are the Queen of Battle! Being the Tip of the Spear to me is something I can agree is a Major Pro. NO one else could say that.
Cons being in the Army Infantry
- Breaks down your body– Being in the Infantry could take a toll on your body due to many intense physical training activities like ruck marching countless miles, running so much you run your knees to the ground, and just throwing your body around doing what ever battle drills come your way. After the being in the Infantry, you’ll feel body aches coming out of left field. If you don’t want your body to break down on you, join something else.
- Not much to offer after getting out– After you serve time being in the Infantry and you decide to get out, there isn’t much you could offer for the civilian life. You were trained to eliminate the enemy and not much jobs out there need that type of service besides being a cop or a guard. That’s usually where most people go after being a Grunt. I’m not saying it’s the end of the line for you but you will probably have to go back to school to get a degree in a different field if you don’t want to become a cop or any type of law enforcement job.
- Having a bad mouth– Before I joined the Infantry, I never cared to say curse words for anything because there was just no reason and I have kids. After about 6 months in, I realized that my mouth was just out of control. I was using the “F” word more than anything. It became a part of my vocabulary and I was using it in almost every sentence I spoke. I had to watch what I said around my kids which made it a little hard to speak at times because all I want to say was curse words.
- Being treated like a little kid– If there is one thing that i hate the most is being treated like a kid. Being in the Infantry, if you are under the rank of Staff Sergeant (E-6), you will be treated like a kid. What I got out of it is that most people that like to treat you that way are the people that have no power outside of their uniform or people with very low self-esteem! I always say if you consider yourself in a professional organization, then start treating everyone like professionals. These Soldiers that are being treated like dirt are the ones that are going to get your back when you Deploy overseas to fight the enemy. You should want to treat them with some RESPECT! Sorry if anyone reading this gets offended but it’s just the truth.
- Waking up to do PT– Waking up to do PT is not only a con being in the Infantry but a con overall in the military. The only difference is that being in the Infantry, when you do PT, you do PT… You will see that Infantry leaders always want to outshine everyone else. If it is 30 degrees out and everyone is wearing winter pt’s to stay warm, your leader will tell you to get into summer pt’s just to prove a point that the Infantry is better than everyone else. In reality everyone is looking at us like “look at these dumb guys wearing summer pt’s in the winter time, don’t they know they make winter pt’s for a reason.” In my eyes doing that to Soldiers just makes them hate life.
- Getting tasked out to do everything– When you aren’t deployed or training in the field, you will be doing jobs that are way out of your MOS. You will be a landscaper transitioning to a janitor to what ever your chain-of-command wants you to be. If a battalion wants their grass to be cut, you will cut it and you will make sure that it looks like a professional had done it.
- Away from family– In the military you are going to be away from family regardless. The thing I did notice though is at some duty stations, being in the Infantry you are away from family a lot more than any other MOS out there. You will always be going to the field because training to fight the enemy is extremely important. It sucks but that’s how the Infantry rolls.
Now you see the pros on cons of being in the Infantry so it is all a personal decision to join the Infantry or not. I gave you my thoughts of the Infantry so I hope this helps you with your decision process of joining.
The reason why I chose the Infantry is because I wanted to become something bigger than myself and something that everyone else was afraid to do. I was that 1% who signed up to serve my Country and I don’t regret it one bit!
It’s really not bad when you get used to the lifestyle and the treatment. Overtime your leaders will cut you some slack if they see you are a hard worker and you take initiative.
Anyone could join the Infantry, all it takes is a lot of heart and dedication. If you are afraid to join the Infantry because you are afraid you won’t make it through basic training, my suggestion is don’t quit. If you don’t quit and you keep pushing through the days, you will make it!
Just suck up the training and take it one day at time.
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I hope that my pros and cons of the Infantry has helped you understand the benefits of joining and the things it could do for you.
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