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It is COMMON for men to serve their time in one branch and then when their time expires to enlist into another branch of service. It ALL adds up to 20 years of service for pension purposes. However, it often does not allow higher or equivalent rank in the next service...sometimes there is a minor down grade upon entry into the next branch of service. But time DOES go by faster when experiencing different branches of service.

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Q: If you have 4 dependents you want to enlist in the Marines but can only do reserves not too good of pay can you join the army for a few years and re enlist in the Marine?
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