High school students today face a myriad of options when choosing career paths. Limitless opportunities motivate young people to dream big! The U.S. Army offers a variety of professional tracks for these students with big dreams.
Yet, the career opportunities available through the Army remain a mystery to many students, parents and educators. My job is to solve that mystery.
Did you know that students can pursue health care, culinary and broadcast journalism careers through the Army? In fact, there are over 200 diverse careers to choose from, and the majority of Army careers are not combat-related—for every soldier serving in a combat specialty, there may be two to three others who serve in support roles.
During the enlistment process, recruits select a guaranteed career based on their inherent skills, attributes and interests, often through utilizing the ASVAB Career Exploration Program, which makes the Army a unique professional pathway and sets students up for long-term success.
These tailor-made careers—or Military Occupational Specialty (MOS)—enable soldiers to serve their country without putting their careers on hold. The Army also offers tuition assistance and scholarships to help soldiers pay for ongoing education. While competitive, Army scholarships also allow soldiers to focus on academics rather than stress about how they will finance their education.
Want to see for yourself how the Army helps soldiers succeed professionally? Check out our video series, where five soldiers give a glimpse into the variety of careers available through Army service and what it’s like to walk in their shoes for a day.
As represented in the videos, the education and training soldiers receive within their specific specialties provide them with clear paths to professional achievement.
For example, since age 16, Lt. Col. Norman Ayotte wanted to be a physical therapist, and the Army provided him with the experience and financial means to reach above and beyond his original goal. He has earned a bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degree in physical therapy, and is now the Chief of Rehabilitation Services at Fort Knox in Kentucky.
The skills these soldiers have developed within their chosen specialties will translate well to civilian careers, as they receive the experience they need to become leaders in the Army and civilian world.
To learn more about U.S. Army careers, visit GoArmy.com/Careers. I also invite you to check out the U.S. Army’s Career Navigator, a mobile app that helps you explore Army career paths.
Kelley Mustion is the Education Manager for the U.S. Army Marketing and Research Group (AMRG). In her role, she oversees the Army’s education and outreach initiatives and works to ensure students understand all of their post-secondary options and opportunities.