Military Workers, Enlisted

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The U.S. Armed Forces are composed of five separate military services: the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard. These branches organize, train, and equip the nation's lands, sea, and air services to support the national and international policies of the government. Together, military workers from these branches are responsible for the safety and protection of U.S. citizens. Those who choose to be members of the armed forces dedicate their lives to protecting their fellow Americans. Approximately 1.3 million people are enlisted personnel on active duty; approximately 1 million served in the Reserves of the Air National Guard and the Army National Guard.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Enlisted Personnel
Duties Responsible for the safety and defense of U.S. citizens and interests; military workers undertake a wide variety of jobs in combat and non-combat settings
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available in all regions
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Associate's Degree
School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Education
Experience On-the-job training for enlisted personnel; advanced and ongoing training for many occupations
Personality Traits
  • Athletic
  • Hands On
  • Technical
  • Computer
  • Interpersonal
  • Organizational
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements Recruits must be U.S. citizens or have permanent residency status; meet age requirements that vary by military branch; meet height, weight, and vision standards; and have no criminal record
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Top-Ranking Officer (Colonel, General)
  • Officer
  • Enlisted Personnel

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