Military Workers, Officers

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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. Military workers who meet education and training requirements can advance to become military officers. They have the authority and responsibility to lead and manage armed forces. Those who choose to be members of the armed forces dedicate their lives to protecting their fellow Americans. Approximately 1.3 million people are on active duty in the military services. There are 241,137 active duty officer personnel in a broad range of occupational groups and military branches, including the U.S. Coast Guard.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Enlisted Personnel, Officers, Warrant Officers
Duties Responsible for the safety and defense of U.S. citizens and interests; military officers undertake a variety of jobs with various responsibilities and levels of authority in combat and non-combat settings
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the world
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
School Subjects
  • Government
  • History
  • Physical Education
Experience Postsecondary experience required for officer-candidates
Personality Traits
  • Enterprising
  • Organized
  • Problem-Solving
  • Business Management
  • Interpersonal
  • Organizational
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements Recruits must be U.S. citizens or have permanent residency status; meet age, height, weight, and vision requirements that vary by military branch; must have no criminal record
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Top-Ranking Officer (Colonel, General, Admiral)
  • Officer
  • Junior Officer
  • Officer-in-Training

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