What Is the Best Job in The Military? The best military Jobs will help you build wealth and maintain happiness. They will also transfer to civilian jobs after you exit the military.
The first thing you should look at when choosing your Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) in the military is what your dream career is. If you want to be a Doctor, then a medical MOS is probably the most logical. If you want to be a pilot, then an aviation MOS probably makes the most sense.
If you aren’t sure what your dream job is (I wasn’t), ask yourself what jobs look exciting? You can always exit the military and pursue another career if you end up disliking it.
You can also do what we call a lateral move, which means that after 3-4 years in your MOS, you can submit to go through a different MOS school and change your job.
As a recruiter it seemed that every male applicant, I talked to said “I think the infantry sounds pretty exciting!” I always made sure to let them know that the infantry is a rough job to have for a career.
That is totally fine, and the leadership skills will definitely set you up for success, but if you’re not 100% set on the infantry let’s look into some more technical MOS’s too.
In my opinion, the perfect MOS is one that you’ll enjoy, is exciting, and provides you with a transferable skill set.
Military Occupational Specialties
Logistics – Jobs in the logistics community will teach you very transferable skills, and still allow you plenty of opportunities for travel and adventure! There will always be a need for logistics in both the military and civilian workforce.
Aviation – When you hear the word ‘aviation’ you undoubtedly thought about the F-35 II Joint Strike Fighter, or a screaming into a compound to complete a raid. What you most likely didn’t think about is the MOS’s in support of these pilots.
Mechanic – Often viewed as a subset of the logistics and aviation fields, mechanics are responsible for maintaining all of our vehicles and aircraft. Without these service members, our ability to self-support would be diminished. How could we ever hope to carry out logistics or aviation missions if our transportation systems are broken?
Data and Communications- Data occupations have been around for years though and they cover everything from setting up our internet on deployments and monitoring our connectivity, to inputting cryptologic data into our communication systems.
Cyber – Cyber commands are one of the newest MOS options in the military. The cyber community is expanding at the cyclic rate (fast) and quickly proving themselves to be an important and technologically advanced MOS field. Not only are these occupations gaining speed in the military, but there is an extremely high demand for cyber-security employees in the civilian sector at the moment too.
Intel – The intelligence community has a lot of different jobs. They range from gathering and evaluating intelligence information (intel analysts) to counter-intelligence jobs that do all sorts of secret squirrel tasks.
Exchange/Storekeeper – These are smaller occupational fields, but a great way to gain experience working with retail shops, and sales. The exchange field is a little different depending on your branch of service, but they manage all of the base stores.
Military Police – this is a great occupation if you’re interested in a law enforcement career after you exit the military.
Medical – The medical field has a wealth of opportunities for you. Everything from working as a dental assistant to a full-blown dentist, or from a nurse to a physician, or even a highly specialized surgeon, is a possibility in the military. The Marine Corps doesn’t offer any medical jobs.
Do your research on the best military jobs, and be as prepared as possible before choosing your MOS!
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