Yes, I am partial, but consider the Navy.If you want combat, and you are REALLY good, you have the SEALS. They are hand picked and are considered the elite of all the elite. Otherwise, become a Medical Corpsman, then join the Fleet Marines. Gunner's and Boatswain's Mates spend a lot of time on small combat craft.If you want practical training, just about any field is covered... Electrical, Electronic, Mechanical, Machinery, Firefighting, Welding, Radio, Weapons, Navigation, Nuclear, Music, Photography, Printing, Diving, Pilot, and on and on. You may start out with the basics, but EVERYONE eventually gets specialty training, and can usually pick the training they want (be aware that some are harder to get into and advance in than others). Cross training is also a necessity, so you get to try your hand at plenty of other things. Officers do things a bit differently, but they end up with all the same training.Women have all the same opportunities men do, at least in most cases. Some ships are still all male, but many of the same class are mixed. All rates are open to both men and women.You get stationed on a ship homeported on a base like Mayport, San Diego or Pearl Harbor (as well as others), but you get to see some of the most exotic places the other services only dream of. My kids marvel at the map of all the places I have been. If life on a ship is not your style, there are specialties that spend much less time at sea (but everyone has to go sometime).3 hots and a cot. The food is good, you get your own rack, and hot showers are the usual, no matter where you are. And most spaces are air conditioned (gotta cool the electronics).The Navy's got the biggest guns and missiles. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. Plus, if you want to fly planes, doing so over the water allows you to do things that would scare the crap out of civilians around an Air Force base. And there are some serious bragging rights when you're stationed on the largest ships in history.There are bonus pays for a variety of things. Some are offered in the other services (family separation, combat zone). Others are specific (sea pay, flight deck, hazardous duty).Some enlistment programs allow for 2 years active, 6 years reserved. Others require a 6 year commitment (for the intense training, like Nuclear or Electronics), but the reserve time is only 2 years. Either way, the actual obligation is 8 years, as a combo of both active and reserve (usually inactive, with no regular training).