Military Careers

Nature of Work

Members of the U.S. military service maintain the U.S. national defense. While some service members work in occupations specific to the military, such as fighter pilots or infantrymen, many work in occupations that also exist in the civilian workplace, such as nurses, doctors, and lawyers. Members serve in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard, or in the Reserve components of these branches, and in the Air National Guard and Army National Guard. (The Coast Guard, which is included in this profile, is part of the Department of Homeland Security.)

Training, qualifications, and Advancement

I do not think any education is required although if you go to college beforehand you can become an officer.

Employment

To join the military, applicants must meet age, education, aptitude, physical, and character requirements. These requirements vary by branch of service and for officers and enlisted members.

Although entry requirements for each service vary, certain qualifications for enlistment are common to all branches:

Minimum of 17 years of age

U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status

Pass a background investigation

Never convicted of a felony

Able to pass a drug test

Job Outlook

The total number of active-duty and reserve personnel serving in the Armed Forces is expected to remain roughly the same through 2024.

The goal of the Armed Forces is to maintain a force sufficient to deter, fight, and overcome various threats or conflicts in multiple regions at the same time. Emerging conflicts and threatening global events, however, could lead to restructuring and a demand for a larger force. Consequently, the nation is expected to maintain adequate personnel in the Reserve, Army National Guard, and Air National Guard.

Projections Data

Opportunities should be very good for qualified individuals in all branches of the Armed Forces through 2024. All services have needs to fill entry-level and professional positions as current members of the Armed Forces move up through the ranks, leave the service, or retire.

Earnings

Anything from $1,756.50-$16,072.20 per month depending on length of service.

Related Occupations

The military employs people in numerous occupational specialties, many of which are similar to civilian occupations. To match military occupations with similar civilian occupations, O*Net OnLine offers the Military Crosswalk Search tool

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