The Military-Industrial Complex is a thriving business that employs people of diverse skills and qualifications. No, fair reader not everyone in the military is a cigar chomping, body armour wearing, way too big machine gun totting bad-ass. Some military professionals sit behind a computer far away from the battle-field analyzing data, intelligence or coordinating food things for people on the front line. Yes, you could hold the illustrious position of a camouflage wearing lunch-lady.
It’s been profitable in the worse of times
Although self-evident, the military industrial complex makes money in the harshest of economic situations. They absorb huge amounts of man-power, resources and are paid huge contracts. Of course when most industries are dealing with the restriction of raw materials and resources such as fuel, manpower and destruction of infrastructure (during war-time), the military-industrial complex flourishes.
Why is it the job of the future?
Most technologies that we use (and could argue take for granted) today started their life as military tools. GPS, Air travel, Synthetic materials, canned foods and even microwaves were intended initially for military use. As the military is constantly developing cutting edge technology, new jobs requiring a completely new knowledge base will be available. DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Project Agency) are currently working on: Robot Soldiers, Exo-skeletons for human soldiers, robot pack-animals and smart bullets for snipers. And those are just the items that are declassified and on their website.
There are a myriad of specializations
Like I mentioned in the intro, the military offers a slew of jobs that need a very diverse set of skills, talents and proclivities. The Military is also separated into branches each with a different function within the armed forces. The primary branches are Army: which primarily deals with land operations, the Navy: which primarily deals with operations at Sea and the Air Force: which primarily deals with aircraft and air operations (such as personnel, supply and ammo logistics). Of course, those three branches are further separated into smaller divisions with different specialties.
Resource depletion and ballooning populations means more need for national security
Most wars are fought for resources and resources are rapidly running out. Fossil fuels, food and water stores are being strained by an ever increasing population. Unfortunately when these are depleted to the point of desperation, nations will look beyond their borders to get them, thus, creating tensions and maybe even conflict. Thus, the military will be indispensable and instrumental for the protection of nations and their populations around the world.
It has a long history and will have and equally long future
As I mentioned above, the necessity for keeping national borders safe and intact will become one of the highest political priorities in the foreseeable future. This means that the military will most probably need a consistent flow of man-power to cover those demands.
Warfare has evolved throughout history and finally we are at an era where the individuals in charge are looking to minimize and even completely abolish the loss of human life during war. With the use of electronic warfare and highly advanced intelligence strategies, hopefully in the near future we will see wars that are fought through less-than-lethal means. One thing that is sure is that militaries will always need personnel and nations will always need militaries.
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