The Army and the Air Force have many similarities and differences, some of the similarities are the troop’s dedication, diversity, and patriotism, and some of the differences are the way each branch trains, their respective customs, and quality life.
As a Soldier in the Army, with many friends in the Air Force, it is easy for me to see the many similarities and differences between the two military branches. Both the Army and Air Force have troops who are dedicated to both the work they do for the military, as well as the military branch they serve. Army and Air Force personnel must wake up early every weekday, to include weekends at times, in order to work long hours to serve and protect the Nation.
Army and Air Force personnel consist of people of all races, ethnic backgrounds, education levels, ages, sexual orientation, and gender. The Army and Air Force are very diverse when it comes to personnel, the personnel in each branch truly reflect America as the melting pot it is.
Patriotism is shown by personnel of both the Army and Air Force. It is displayed through the hard work and dedication put in every day on and off duty, through the combat deployments and temporary duty assignments separating the troops from family, friends, and loved ones, to every hardship troops endure in order to “fight and win the Nation’s wars.” and “to fly, fight, and win…in air, space, and cyberspace.”
According to Army Field Manual 7-0, the Army trains soldiers to “fight and win the Nation’s wars.” Soldiers receive combat training consistently throughout their military careers, in order to be proficient at hand to hand combat, non-conventional warfare tactics, and using weapons to win any war fought. The Air Force trains “to fly, fight, and win…in air, space, and cyberspace.” (http://www.airforce.com/learn-about/our-mission/, n.d.) Majority of Air Force personnel do not consistently receive combat training throughout their careers. The Air Force focuses mainly on training troops technical knowledge to be proficient at their jobs, and provides combat training only when Air Force personnel are put on orders to deploy to a combat zone. Soldier’s go to training sites frequently and stay for weeks at a time to train with scenarios comparable to missions the military has seen in previous battles, or believe may happen in future battles fought. When the Army trains with the aforementioned scenarios, soldiers must carry their assigned weapons, either an M16A2 rifle, an M4 rifle, or an M9 pistol. When soldiers go through the scenarios, they are required to fire their assigned weapon in order to train with, and become comfortable with those weapons. Air Force personnel train with similar scenarios, but only when given orders to deploy. At times, Air Force personnel will train with Soldiers, deploy to the same combat zone, and work as a joint force together. Soldiers do not only receive combat training, but soldiers also receive technical training to be...