Great question. The other answers to this question were spot on. Before you get involved with a recruiter, regardless of the Branch, you decide what it is you want to be. Otherwise, remember recruiters are sales people; he/she is selling their Branch (Air Force, Navy, Marines, Army, Coast Guard) to you. Ask many questions, be prepared to be laser focused on what you want. Don't be guided toward something you're not looking for, because the recruiter is a sales person, they can make trash picking sound glamorous, not being ugly, it's their job to increase their Branch's numbers. Remember, it's your job to get the skills you want. Also watch out for the yes this position 'might' train you to do "XYZ". Get the recruiter to show you specific and get them to show you specifics BEFORE you sign any paperwork. The Navy welding program is considered the best of the Branches (I'm an Air Force veteran); also they train at Norfolk, VA (nice beach environment). Another advantage to being a Navy trained welding is the opportunity to learn underwater welding; not all Navy welders are trained to be underwater welders. That is lucrative profession. With the other branches, you would be on the same level. Also, you would have to be an enlisted member, officers are not welders. One thing about being a welder, you should never have to worry about employment whether you stay in the military or seek civilian employment after your commitment is completed.