Many young men and women entering the service have a hard time deciding on military careers. I had the unique opportunity during my military career to serve in the United States Army and the United States Navy as well as work with service members from all branches. I’ve also had many family members serve in each branch. My knowledge and experience have allowed me to see each branch as a whole and understand the opportunities each one offers to service members while they’re on active duty. I’ve also seen how service members can utilize their military experience to obtain civilian employment. Each branch offers many different fields of employment that vary from my chosen field of combat MOS to being an electrician or medic. Here is a list of the military pay charts you can use a reference to what the military offers.
Comparing Military Careers between Navy and Army
My time and experience in the military has lead me to believe that the U.S. Navy has a wider variety of career opportunities and allows you to gain experience that will lead to civilian employment. Why do I say this? The Navy offers opportunities in fields that include engineering, combat, medical, aviation, diving, maintenance, police, and much more. Yes, all branches have job skills that will allow a veteran to utilize their military experience in the civilian sector, but I honestly feel the Navy has the most to offer anybody who wants to serve in the military. The training that the Navy offers its members is some of the most mentally demanding of any branch and any civilian schools. The best example is the Navy Nuclear Power School, which was named years ago by Time Magazine as the hardest academically challenging schools in the world. When an MIT graduate fails to graduate from that school, it shows just how intelligent the sailors have to be to graduate. Then there’s the Navy SEAL team. You have to undergo some of the most physically demanding training in the world to graduate and be part of a Navy Seal Team.
Even though the Navy offers a lot, the leadership that you learn in the Navy either as an officer or enlisted is still surpassed by the leadership skills you learn in the Army as an enlisted member. The Army is led by the NCO! While each branch itself has some of the toughest mentally and physically demanding schools that can lead to great military careers, they also each offer outstanding opportunities for veterans to be able to utilize what they have learned to obtain civilian employment.
Military Careers That I Suggest
I suggest to anybody who wants to serve in the military to decide what you would want to do if you were to ever leave your military career. You should consider choosing a military occupation that will help you gain civilian employment later on. No matter when you leave the military, you will most likely need to obtain civilian employment afterwards. It’s possible that you may not know you want to retire from the military until you have reenlisted. Civilian employers really like the leadership skills that you learn. You often learn these leadership skills at a young age in the military.
While you are in the military, take advantage of everything it has to offer—from specialized schools to college courses that you can take. Do not waste your time or the military’s by just sitting around and skating by. At the end of your enlistment, you’ll get out and struggle to obtain worthwhile civilian employment.
The most important suggestion I would give anybody is to join the military. If you find that you don’t like the branch you serve in, then get out and try another branch. I did and I will never regret that decision even though I more than enjoyed my time in the Navy. The smartest decision I ever made was enlisting in the United States Army. My experience in both branches will always allow me to use what I learned in the military to obtain civilian employment and really be an asset to any organization.