I went and did a jump, for fun, outside Bragg over a 96. It was like Rafe's or something like that. It was all you assholes at the field, and one of them asked me why I didn't just go recon. And I told him I can't swim for shit, and he asked me, "Why the hell did you join the Marine Corps if you can't swim? Why not Army?" Perception. Much like this thread, people grow up with different opinions on the different branches. I wanted to be a Marine sniper. That was the only reason. Read about Hathcock in high school, and was hooked. What pushed you toward Army, and what pushed you toward A-teams? If you did the 18 month or so course, then you get mad respect. Although I doubt the other way is any easier, but at least those guys have some idea of what the Army was like, already.