By Jennifer Kornegay
Most teens probably don’t think of the military when they’re considering career options. Yet every branch of our military is made up of people who work in many of the same jobs as people outside the military. The military also offers tuition assistance and scholarship money. (Take the last sentence out If too long)
Unless they come from a military family, most teens probably don’t think of the U.S. Armed Forces when they’re considering career options. Yet every branch of our military is made up of hundreds of thousands of people who work in many of the same jobs as those done by people outside of the military. For some, their military job is one they’ll keep for life. Others will take the invaluable training their military experience provided and use it to start a successful civilian career. So whether your teen is looking to simply gain leadership skills and self-discipline or is interested in working their way up to four-star general, it’s time to give the military a closer look. Oh, and did we mention the tuition assistance and scholarship money available?
Honor, Duty & Job Skills: What the Military Can Provide
While some find satisfying, lifelong careers in the military, others fulfill their service commitment (which varies), and then pursue opportunities outside the military. Because almost every member of the military leaves with enhanced time-management, organization, self-discipline and leadership skills, not to mention the job-specific training they receive, most are extremely well-prepared for the job market and finding employment can be much easier. There is, of course, a price for all of this character building and expertise. All service members sign a contract that commits them to a term of service.
“There’s no more honorable profession than serving your nation, and we are searching for leaders. That’s what the civilian world, companies, businesses, etc. are looking for too, so there are all kinds of career options available.”
- Lt. Col. Bryon L. Bonnell, professor of military science for Army ROTC at AUM