I'm going to be completely honest with the following, you live and work balance depends on the type of MOS you choose, you will get 8 hour work days and off for the rest of the day and have weekends off.choose the Marine Corps if you want to serve as a Marine. Bootcamp is easy, the hard part is the fleet. This is time that you have to keep your nose clean and do your job. There is going to be times when you get discourage and feeling less motivated because of the nature of the military. also get ready to clean.... a lot.