Military Workers

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 1.4 million people are on active duty in the military services; an additional 1.3 million serve in the Guard or Reserve.

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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 workers undertake a variety of jobs
Salary Range Below $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
  • Computer Science
  • Government
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Education
Experience On-the-job training for enlisted personnel; postsecondary experience required for officer-candidates
Personality Traits
  • Athletic
  • Conventional
  • Organized
  • 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, 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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