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Career opportunities in the military services are widespread. Today each service branch is aiming to function on a "steady state." This means every year each branch needs enough recruits to replace those leaving the service. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, approximately 184,000 new enlistees and officers must join annually to fill vacated spots. In recent years some branches, such as the navy, have fallen short of meeting their recruitment goals, and opportunities in these branches are even more plentiful than the average. While political and economic conditions will have an influence on the military's duties and employment outlook, it is a fact that the country will always need the armed forces, both for defense and to protect its interests and citizens around the world.
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