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What To Expect With A Career In Mechanics & Engineering.
The skills and hands-on training you gain in U.S. Army mechanics and engineering careers can't be matched anywhere else. As an Army mechanic, you’ll get to work on the most advanced vehicles and machines in the world and ensure they’re always in top working order.
Benefits for you and your Future
When you join the U.S. Army, you receive more than a paycheck. From healthcare and housing to education and bonuses, we have benefits to support what’s most important to you.
As a Soldier living on an Army post, your housing is covered. You’ll live in a community designed for Soldiers and their Families with housing, amenities, parks, and more. If you’re living off-post, we offer a housing allowance to help pay for living expenses like rent and utilities.
Salary is based on your rank and years of service, and accounts for only part of your total compensation. We also offer bonuses, allowances, and other benefits that could contribute to your overall income. So, as you grow in your career, complete special certifications and training, and receive benefits, you’ll earn more money, too.
If you want to go to college or advance your education, we have options to support you. The GI Bill, scholarships, financial aid programs, and the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) are all ways you can get help paying for up to full tuition, housing, books, and supplies.
As a Soldier, you can receive the best healthcare benefits in the country at little to no cost. From general and mental health to specialized care, you’ll not only have access to one of the largest networks in the world, but we’ll also use state-of-the-art technology in top-rated facilities to care for you and your family.
We believe that the time you have off is just as important as the work you put in. That’s why as an active-duty Soldier, you can earn 30 days of vacation each year, along with free weekends, national holidays, and sick days as needed.
Bonuses & Allowances
There are bonuses, allowances, and incentives you can receive on top of your salary. Bonuses can be tied to enlistments, specific jobs, or when you ship to training. Allowances are provided to offset the cost of living and help pay for things like food, clothing, and housing.
Some Skills You Might Learn
Engines & Machinery
Electronic & Mechanical
Maintenance & Repair
Learn to Lead the Way
You'll get more than a career. No matter what path you choose, you'll have access to the tools needed to become the best version of yourself.
Become an Officer
Leading Soldiers and planning missions are just some of the ways you'll serve as an Officer in the Army—and it starts with a college education. You can enroll in the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC), attend the U.S. Military Academy, complete Officer Candidate School (OCS), or get Direct Commission with experience in a professional field.
Leadership Opportunities for Soldiers
- Advanced training and specialty schools, like the U.S. Army Engineer School (USAES), are available for Soldiers and Officers to learn specific skills and take on more responsibility as experts in their field.
- An enlisted Soldier can take courses to advance their career as a Soldier or a non-commissioned Officer (NCO).
- The Army offers the Green to Gold Program, which gives enlisted Soldiers the opportunity to earn a college degree to become an Officer.
The leadership experience that you get here is not just theory… you put it into practice. You can't really find that in many other places. When you get out of college, you still have more experience leading people than any other college kid.
Confidence Has No Limits
You'll get more than a career. No matter what path you choose, you'll be tested, overcome obstacles, and find opportunities to better your skills and yourself.
Trust the Confidence Course
Your confidence will first be tested, as a cadet or in Basic Training, in what we call the Confidence Course. Though this obstacle course assesses many things like teamwork, coordination, and perseverance, it also tests personal challenges like fear and mental toughness. The goal is to show that the more challenges you overcome, the more you prove to yourself that you're capable of anything.
Building Confidence in the Army
- Confidence doesn't happen overnight. It takes a combination of work ethic, persistence, mental and physical strength, sharp skills, and experience.
- During training, Soldiers build confidence not only by completing tasks and overcoming their own fears, but also by watching their fellow Soldiers succeed by doing the same.
- Throughout a career in the Army, Soldiers can continue to gain confidence through fitness training, competitions, marksmanship, and evaluations from their superiors.
It gives me a sense of pride that what I'm doing is noble, and to some people, it may be admirable.MAJ. Dennis Harding (Not Pictured)
Help Shape the Future of the Army
You'll get more than a career. No matter what path you choose, you'll have the opportunity to help others find theirs.
Become a Drill Sergeant
For a more official path to mentorship, you can consider becoming a Drill Sergeant. As role models and teachers to new recruits in Basic Training, they're responsible for guiding, training, and shaping our future Soldiers. Only the best are accepted into Drill Sergeant School, where they must prove themselves as experts in all things Army to earn the honor of receiving a Drill Sergeant hat.
Mentorship Opportunities for Soldiers
- Army Officers not only lead the men and women in their command, but they're also responsible for the training and mentoring of junior Soldiers in their field.
- Recruiters are tasked with more than seeking out potential candidates, they help guide prospects through the enlistment process. They answer any questions, discuss opportunities and ways to serve, and make sure prospects have everything they need until they attend Basic Training.
- There are mentorship opportunities within Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) to help guide the younger students through the program and college life in general.
I want to be that guy who pushes Soldiers forward whenever they just want to go back.SPC. Shaun Brown (Not Pictured)
Build Bonds That Last a Lifetime
No matter what path you choose, you'll form relationships, build trust, and support your teammates. Camaraderie is not only essential to the success of a mission, but it also impacts the well-being of the Army as a whole.
The Buddy Program
Soldiers don't have to go through the enlistment process and into Basic Training alone. The Buddy Team Enlistment Option, or the Buddy Program, lets a recruit and up to five friends enlist and go through Basic Training together. So, future Soldiers can experience camaraderie and a sense of belonging right from the start.
Camaraderie in the Army
- Camaraderie is one of the most unique aspects of the Army and is something you likely won't find in a civilian career or everyday life. Through training, missions, challenges, and triumphs, you'll form the strongest bonds built on trust, respect, and shared experiences.
- If you choose to join the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) in college, it'll be one of the first experiences of camaraderie you'll have in the Army. You'll learn the value of working together to master skills and achieve common goals.
Everybody who’s wearing the uniform is on the same team and they’re there to help you out.MAJ. Shane Anderson (Not Pictured)