Having spent considerable time with officers from all services, I have noticed the following:
-- Marine officers seems to be the most selfless and pragmatic; they exemplify the can-do team player. They focus on getting the job done, are respectful, and will listen to you (whoever you are) if you ideas make sense. If I were choosing a team, I'd pick marines to be on it.
-- Air Force officers are the most civilianized. In fact, many of them come off as civilians who just happen to wear a blue suit. Like the Marines, they are easy to work with and tend not be full of themselves. They also tend to be more flexible and open to new thinking than the other services. In many was, the Army and AF are polar opposites.
-- The Army officers tend to be suprisingly intelligent. Many times, the Army officers are actually brighter than those from other services (something I didn't expect). On the flip side, they tend to be arrogant, very rank conscious, and rigid in their thinking. They will also never ask for help--this is (apparently) considered to be a badge of shame. Lastly, they will always give tons of responsibility to the Army guy to build them up--sometimes more than they can handle. If you are an AF officer in an Army-run org, you will always get the short end of the stick.
Navy -- Naval officers tend to be full of themselves and tough to work with. You always hear them use the term "naval officer" with reverence. They definitely consider themselves to be better than the other services. And they are better--at scheming. They are also able to produce surprisingly good results. In fact, it is kind of a paradox. Personally, I wouldn't give a wad of spit for some of the naval officers I've met. Yet, at the end of the day, you have to admit they do a heck of a job. Methinks it is because the Navy is better at skirt bureaucracy than the other services when it stands in the way of getting the job done. [This is the definitely not true of either the AF or Army].
But, the Air Force are a strange bunch. When they redesigned their uniforms to look more like Delta and United, I started to get a little suspicious. Their recent experiences raise even more eyebrows. The article quotes AFA cadets as saying:
the difference between the Air Force and the Army was that in the Army, the officers send the enlisted soldiers out to fight, while in the Air Force, the enlisted folks stay behind and send the officers out to do the fighting.
Again, the USAF is a victim of its own success. Pilots are not fighting and they are not dying, they are just boring holes through the sky. The dying in the Air Force is now done by the young enlisted airmen who accompany the Army and Special Operations Forces. This must be driving the zoomies crazy.
My father-in-law was a command pilot in B-24's and B-17's of the 8th Air Force. He has never said it, but the 8th Air Force was the most dangerous place on all the battlefields of the Second World War, including places like Sicily, Omaha Beach, and the Hurtgen Forest where my Regiment shed its blood. I don't think that he has much in common with the USAF of today.
They are pretty, though.