WHAT KINDS OF JOBS ARE AVAILABLE?

A common misconception about the Army is that Soldiers are trained only for combat situations, and are ill prepared for jobs in the civilian world. While it’s true that the Army prepares each and every Soldier with the tools and abilities to defend the country in times of need, it also prepares them for much more.

In fact, the U.S. Army is one of the most diverse career training institutions in the United States, with support for thousands of jobs in more than 150 career fields. Through the Army Medical Department alone, a Soldier could train to become a family doctor, a dentist, a nurse, a veterinarian, or a surgeon among a plethora of other medical specialties. Is your son or daughter interested in law, computer programming, logistics, public affairs, aviation, or financial managing? The Army provides training for all of those careers and many, many more. Click here to learn more about Army Careers.

CHOOSING A JOB

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Just like a civilian college degree program, job placement in the U.S. Army is determined by how well a potential recruit has performed in school.  This is determined through a standardized test called the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB).

The ASVAB tests recruits in 10 subject areas: general science, arithmetic reasoning, word knowledge, paragraph comprehension, mathematics, electronics, auto shop information practices, mechanical comprehension, and assembling objects. A recruit’s performance on the test will help the Army determine which Military Occupational Specialties (MOS) he or she would be best suited to perform.

MOS placement is also determined by several other factors, including:

  • Current and anticipated needs of the Army
  • Career aspirations
  • Skills and qualifications

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“I just tried to tell him that if you’re going to go do something in the Army, it’s really a good idea to get something that you could use on the outside. So the thing that you learn while you’re in there, make sure that you could use it when you get out.”

— David, father of Staff Sergeant Ryan Yates

AFTER THE ARMY

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Soldiers that have finished their service commitment in the Army will have many opportunities to further their civilian careers. The Army Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) is a program that connects Soldiers with civilian employers who are interested in hiring individuals with military experience. Upon completion of their Army service, Soldiers participating in the PaYS program will be guaranteed a job interview with the PaYS partner company of their choice.

ARMY JOB SPECIALTIES

The Army offers a broad range of opportunities in these categories:

All Job Categories:

ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT INTELLIGENCE AND COMBAT SUPPORT
ARTS AND MEDIA LEGAL AND LAW ENFORCEMENT
COMBAT MECHANICS
COMPUTERS AND TECHNOLOGY
MEDICAL AND EMERGENCY
CONSTRUCTION AND ENGINEERING TRANSPORTATION AND AVIATION

 

Army job training not only prepares your young adult for a career in the Army but it carries over into a civilian career as well. This will give your son or daughter an enormous advantage in life after the Army. From a resume, prospective employers can recognize just how valuable Army experience is.

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