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What career options are available in the military?

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Career options available in the military are many and varied. People wanting to join the military first have a choice of basic military branches to pursue a career in the United States Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Marine Corps, Army National Guard and U.S. Coast Guard. In the U.S. Coast Guard, there are more than 20 career options available to enlisted personnel, including deck and ordnance, engineering, administration, science, aviation and port security.

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In the U.S. Army, there are more than 200 occupational specialties to choose between. These include administrative services, combat operations, electronic maintenance, engineering and construction, health care, intelligence and electronic communications, mechanical maintenance and positions engaging with the media, public and civil affairs.

Career fields are often subdivided into specific positions of employment. An officer specializing in transportation, supply and logistics, for example, may pursue a career as a logistician, store manager, supply and warehousing manager, transportation manager, transportation maintenance manager, comptroller, supply and logistics officer or supply officer.

Career fields available in the U.S. Navy include business management, construction, engineering, finance and accounting, translation and transportation and logistics. In the U.S. Air Force, available career paths include communications, intelligence and medical services. In the Marine Corps, options include personnel and administration, logistics, public affairs and maintenance of electronics and aircraft. In the Army National Guard, career options include positions in the military police, health care, engineering and construction and administrative services.

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