America's Top Military Careers

by Kent Tukeli

The members of the Armed Forces serve a wide variety of roles, using diverse tactics and weaponry to repel a myriad of threats. America's top draw for military careers in the Army and Marines focus mostly on combat roles, while the Navy and Air Force employ the most personnel in supporting complex weapon systems rather than operating them during combat.


America's top Army careers focus on roles that are combat intensive. More than 120,000 combat personnel form the heart of the Army, including infantry, snipers, tank operators and a variety of weapons specialists. Over 60,000 logistics workers and 50,000 mechanics support the Army's fighting force, providing weapons, ammunition, vehicles, food and other vital supplies. In order to enlist, recruits must pass basic combat training and advanced individual training. The Army provides ongoing training to assist soldiers with growing into roles that match their skills.


The Marine Corps' top military careers are also based on combat roles. The Armed Forces count on more than 30,000 Marines in occupations that focus on combat. Similar to Army enlistees, Marines specialize in tanks and a variety of land-based weapons. The Marine Corps features a higher proportion of members, over 25,000 specialists, in roles that revolve around science, engineering and technology. Marines are forged during a twelve-week boot camp that teaches advanced combat weapon and tactical skills.


The most popular Navy military careers feature fewer combat specialists than careers with the Army or Marine Corps forces, likely due to the complexity of their weapons systems. More than 45,000 recruits focus on electrical-equipment repair and mechanic work while more than 40,000 perform technological and engineering duties. Only 7,854 members serve in combat roles. Employment with America's Navy requires up to nine weeks of training, which focuses on fitness, weapons and classes that prepare for life at sea.

Air Force

Similar to the Navy, the Air Force requires more personnel who specialize in non-combat roles than those who do. This branch features over 45,000 people in science and engineering and more than 40,000 repair mechanics who maintain cutting-edge weapon systems. Only 639 members of the Air Force serve in combat specialty occupations. Joining the Air Force requires successful completion of an eight-week, basic military training program. Technical training is provided to the many cadets who will serve in non-combat specialties.

About the Author

Kent Tukeli has been writing for business and media organizations since 2007, including Valnet Inc., Top Affiliate Publishing and Mirvish Productions. He honed his skills at the University of Toronto, earning a Bachelor of Arts in English literature.

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