Careers in the U.S. Military
Combat training, intelligence gathering, and operating planes, ships, and tanks are the types of jobs we typically associate with the U.S. military. However, students interested in pursuing a military career may be surprised that there are a wide variety of opportunities available. In fact, the U.S. military staffs their own courts, hospitals, stores, human resources departments, construction projects, vehicle repair facilities, and more! Students who earn a Bachelor’s degree and join the military as an officer can choose from a wide spectrum of suitable careers.
The majority of careers found in the military are in the engineering, science, and technical occupation fields. These majors are in high demand and students competing for ROTC (Reserve Officers’ Training Corps) scholarships may have an advantage if they pursue these subjects. Other large occupation groups include transportation services, combat specialists, electronics, health care services, and executive and managerial services. Overall, the U.S. armed forces has a steady job market. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. military needs to recruit over 150,000 personnel every year just to replace those who fulfill their service commitments or retire. Of course, not all of these positions will be full-time or officer positions, but students interested in certain careers should check out each branch’s site for more information.
While there are obvious benefits to joining the U.S. military after college like better health care and retirement pay, even then it must be a selfless choice. You must have a desire to serve your country because once you join, your life belongs to the U.S. military for the term of your contract. CAA suggests that high school students interested in joining the U.S. military start by joining their high school’s JROTC (Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps) program, which is a great segue into a college ROTC program. Before immediately enlisting after high school, CAA encourages students to consider any of the ROTC college programs throughout the country, which covers basic military training alongside earning a bachelor’s degree without risk of immediate deployment. CAA recommends that students earn their bachelor’s degree before fully committing to the military because it will be easier to move up the ranks into an officer position, which means higher pay and better career opportunities. CAA clients can contact the coaches with any questions and all students should speak with their parents, JROTC leader, or other trusted authority figure before making a final commitment.