Jobs In The U.S. Army You Didn't Know Existed

When it comes to the Army an image of someone on the frontlines with a rifle pops into your head, doesn’t it? Thanks to hollywood we have many preconceived ideas about what certain places look like and even what a potential career looks like. The military is no exception, if you believed hollywood everyone in the armed forces would be an infantryman on the frontlines about to go into battle, this is not an entirely accurate depiction.


Animal Care Specialist

Who doesn’t love animals, this position’s primary responsibility is to ultimately prevent and control any diseases that may have been transmitted from an animal to military personnel, as well as the comprehensive care for military animals. These speceialists generally have the same role as a vetenary assistant or nurse, providing care for animals in veterinary treatment or research and development facilities, performing physical examinations, administers medications as directed by the veterinarian, and assists the veterinarian in any surgical procedures.

Civil Affairs Specialist

This job is a must for those individuals who wish to make a difference and humanitarian aid enthusiasts. Civil affairs specialists in the U.S. Army identify the needs and requirements by local citizens in combat or crisis situations. Civil affairs specialists spend their days researching, coordinating, conducting and participating in the planning and production of civil affairs related documents, while enabling the civil-military operations of the supported commander. Some of the many duties in this job are to help plan procedures for national or regional emergencies, coordinate the logistics in support of reconstruction activities, work with civilian aid and relief organisations, and support national disaster, defense or emergency assistance and response activities.

Combat Engineer

This job is to literally blow stuff up on a regular basis. Combat engineers may get to blow stuff up but that’s not all they do, they als construct fighting positions, bridges, obstacles and defensive positions as well as placing and detonating explosives. They also conduct operations that include route clearance of obstacles and rivers and detect mines.

Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Specialist

In this job you could be protecting the country against the threat of Weapons of Mass Destruction or any other weapons that are of a chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear nature. CBRN specialists assist with defence measures related to CBRN threats, operate and maintain CBRN detection and decontamination equipment, and serve on Biological Integrated Detection Teams.

Army Diver

But only the Navy has diver’s, right? Nope! The U.S. Army also has the need for divers. A diver will generally perform missions dealing with reconnaissance, demolition and underwater salvaging. They specialise in either scuba diving or deep sea diving. Some of the day to day activities that Army divers find themselves doing are examining and patching damaged watercraft equipment, salvaging equipment that has sunk to the bottom of the ocean, patrol waters, assist with underwater construction of piers and harbor facilities, and survey rivers, beaches and harbors for underwater obstacles.

Multimedia Illustrator

You may be thinking, how is it that the military hires illustrators and what exactly is their function within a military setting is. Well, multimedia illustrators mainly operate multimedia-imaging equipment in order to produce visual displays and documents. Someone had to create the iconic Uncle Sam, right? They generally  produce graphic artwork that is used in Army publications, signs, charts, posters, television and motion picture productions. Illustrators typically required to illustrate, produce layouts, posters, draw cartoons for filmstrips and produce animation for films as required. Illustrators also get to work alongside television and film producers to help design backdrops and props for film sets.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Operator

Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) or drones as they are better known don’t operate themselves, they need someone to operate them. If you end up with this job you may just feel as though you’re playing a modern warfare video game with the only difference being that it is real. At the most basic level these operators act as intelligence specialists, providing Army personnel with intelligence about the enemy and combat areas. Operators conduct air based reconnaissance, surveillance, and targeting missions, they also plan and analyse flight missions not unlike manned vehicle pilots as well as performing preflight, in flight and postflight checks and procedures.

As you can see there are many career fields that are as diverse as you would find within the civilian world that are also available within a military setting, with the added benefit of making a difference and getting to see the world.