Army v Marine Officer Training?

I'm considering Army v Marines. I'd be going in as an Officer. I might take NROTC, if not I'll go for PLC. If I choose Army, I'll probably go ROTC with the National Guard Stimulus Membership Program (none of my top school choices has NROTC, but one has ROTC).

My question is…which 2LT is trained better? I know the Marines have summer training for NROTC (obviously not for PLC) plus OCS and the basic school. Then they go to MOS school. This seems like a lot of training, which for me is a big plus. I also know army ROTC has summer obligations, but am I right that cadets don't go to OCS? The army doesn't have an officer basic school?

If you are actively serving or a veteran, any reasons why you chose Army v USMC (o or e) and what life is like would help a lot.

I don't know where people get the idea a Marine officer gets his training from the Army. Marine Armor does get the basic training for artillery and tanks in the Army. It would be a waste of the taxpayers dollars to have a Marine Armor school when they only have a few hundred tanks compared to thousands in the Army.Someone who works with soldiers and Marines everyday, as Wraeth does, should be the first to recognize the difference. Marine officers learn their basic job, leadership, in OCS and The Basic School. Marine OCS is the most difficult leadership school in the would.

It isn't that you wouldn't make it through Marine OCS if you just met minimum Army OCS standards, you would be cut in the first week because you aren't prepared for the grueling physical training. In fact you would never even get there because you are tested for physical fitness before going to OCS.

Anyone who has ever waded through water should recognize how much more physically exhausting it is to travel in water than on land. Much of Marine OCS involves water, wading through water and swimming through pipes under water.

Marine officer candidates are trained by enlisted DI's, most of them are Gunnery Sgts. They know what is to be required of a Marine officer once he hits the fleet.

After all is said and done, it really shouldn't matter if the difficulty of training is not a major reason for your decision. You can be proud of being an officer in any branch of service and should select the one that fits you, that may not be the most difficult or best trained one.