Hey all, so I’m currently an 03xx Infantry Marine in ITB. I plan on doing 1 enlistment (as being a Marine was always a dream of mine) and then attempting to enlist in the Navy with a SEAL Challenge Contract and hopefully complete BUD/S. As stated in my Introduction becoming a Marine was always a dream of mine, but the desire to be something even more elite drew me to the SEALs. I figured I could fulfill a dream of being a Marine while working toward my SEAL goal since I imagine life as an infantryman would help build mental resilience and physical strength/endurance. What I wanted to know was is this an intelligent plan? A friend said it was dumb and I should’ve just gone SEAL from the jump. I don’t see a downside other than the possibility of getting injured/killed if I deploy. Just wanted some much appreciated outside perspective on this.