There are loads of laughs in this..
First, big shout-out to @Ooh-Rah
for engaging the knife hand through a web forum. That made me smile. What also gave me a smile was the fact you consider your personal opinion on what jobs "feel right" as worth a decision.
That is always the cutest shit - you don't know dick about being a Marine, let alone being a professional one. I get it, you're a late-teenager and you have an internet connection so for that I give you my congratulations. The sooner you drop the notion that you have even the slightest-fucking-clue as to what you are getting into the better off you'll be.
Here's the cheat code:
Step 1. Obtain a profession & excel at it
Step 2. Maintain your profession & continue to excel at it
Step 3. Save 75% of your paychecks and spend the rest on absolute bullshit - finances are never a problem until they become one.
By the way, your recruiter is full of shit (sort of). That's his job though - don't hate him for it, clearly he followed steps 1 & 2. What you need to understand is that the most power you will ever wield against the military is before
you join the ranks.
Don't come in here whining about your contract if your youthful ass signs the lines.
Do you want infantry? Sure reads like you want infantry - so tell your recruiter you want infantry. This isn't rocket science and I don't think there's an MOS for that anyway. Recruiters from all branches are constantly updated on what MOSs need to be filled to sustain the forces. It is absolutely true that the military uses bonuses to entice young lads like yourself into these need-to-be-filled jobs. It isn't because they like you or that you bring anything to the table.
Why would the military give even the slightest shit if you were an Eagle Scout or something? You might get Private First Class for that? I don't know but guess what, you'll still be scrubbing the shit out of some toilets alongside your non-Eagle Scout peers. By the way, if everyone wanted to be Infantry/Reconnaissance/MARSOC/Storm Troopers then how in the hell would we (as a force) function as a military?
Your recruiter may
care about you in some way, shape, or form (about the trades) but
realistically speaking he just needs to fill certain positions and it makes no difference to him whether you do it, or the guy next to you, but someone
needs to do that shit. As mentioned before you have one power play towards this situation and that is what you decide on before you take your oath. So many kids (including me) feel a sense of obligation to their recruiter beyond themselves.
Secure your future in whatever the hell you decide to do and know that your values, goals, and life decisions are going to change and hopefully expand way further than what you presently know as a seventeen year old.
Live your life kid, and please - learn to love it.
My take: Go infantry regardless of when you can ship off to basic training or whatever your recruiter says. Its your life.