Originally Posted by steviestyles
To my knowledge, the only branch in the Marines that does any sort of intel is the Marine Recon which is Special Forces. As stated above Marines mostly use intel gathered by the Navy. I'm in the Air Force (spent 5 years in Intel), and I think the the Navy and the Air Force really have the best programs; especially since you said you don't just want to be a pair of boots on the ground. Keep in mind you need a degree to move into one of the 3 letter Intel services if you want to do "intel" jobs. Good luck with your choice.
Well, Marine Recon is not Special Forces,they do have MARSOC, which is just getting off the ground. There is SOF (Special Operations Forces) which every branch has a hand in. As far as Intel, especially on the HUMINT side, there is one place that is top notch in the branches and that is the Army.
But to put yourself above the rest to go to one of thee letter places you will need to go to the SOF side of the house. Don't concern yourself with Xe aka Blackwater...there are other reputable places that have better offerings with a lot better money and contracts.
As far as who makes more money when it comes to the military...well there is a slight difference; Base pay is the same but if you are Jump, HALO, and or Scuba qualified then you get more money.
Of course this mainly pertains to SOF, but there are some regular units where you get this additional pay, not many. Then there is also Demo pay...Of course retirements
So let's say you are in the SOF community depending on which one, you can draw; HALO, Scuba, Demo, and Special Dty Pay...which can be upwards to $1000 extra a month plus or minus a little here and there depending on what your qualifications are and what branch...