Describe your career interest

Career choices





Just like any other child, I always had a dream of which career I wanted to do once I become an adult, even though at times some of the careers seemed outrageous. With time and as I grew older I started evaluating the type of career I would join depending on my grades at school.

Since childhood I have always admired the smart uniforms that the military personnel wore, I had the privilege of living near one of the barracks and each and every morning I would sit by the window and watch the convoy of the trucks going to different missions. I also had a chance of having a neighbor, who had enlisted in the army when he came back from missions abroad he would tell us stories of the foreign lands he had gone to. In such an environment joining the military became my preferred career (Aksomitis, 2009).

The U.S military is divided into four main branches, which include the army, Navy, Air force, and Marine Corps. “The military distinguishes between enlisted and officer careers”. Qualifications for joining the military as an enlisted officer are very different from the career officers (

To join the military as an enlisted officer one has to have an O level education and should be at least five feet five inches tall and not weighing less than 55 kilograms. For the women there is an additional requirement which is one should not be pregnant when enlisting. The enlisted officers makes up about 83 percent of the military while the remaining 37 percent is made up of career officers17-2121 Marine Engineers and Naval Architects. (n.d.). U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Retrieved November 6, 2013, from

Strengths and Weakness

From the qualifications needed in joining the military my height, weight, and level of education are my strengths in joining as an enlisted officer. My biggest weakness in joining the military is my religious background, killing is not allowed thus I always ask my self what I will do if faced by hostilities

In combat.

Types of Enlisted Personnel

This makes the bulk of military personnel thus it has been divided into small units such as administrative personnel, these are people who work in areas such as transportation, finance, supply, finance, maintenance, and legal affairs. There is also combat specialty, construction personnel, electronic and electrical repair personnel, health care personnel, media and public affair personnel, among many others. The table below shows the number of enlisted personnel as at the year 2011.

Enlisted Army Air Force Coast Guard Marine Corps Navy Total enlisted personnel in each occupation group

Occupational Group

Administrative occupations 6,661 15,302 2,274 11,669 19,585 55,491

Combat Specialty occupations 129,684 639 616 32,706 7,854 192,499

Construction occupations 20,499 5,185 — 5,067 5,206 35,957

Electronic and Electrical Equipment Repair occupations 40,214 31,048 4,475 14,098 48,118 137,953

Engineering, Science, and Technical occupations 45,684 47,436 1,288 25,297 40,436 160,141

Health Care occupations 31,317 15,935 693 — 24,068 72,013

Human Resource Development occupations 18,974 12,532 — 8,407 4,108 44,021

Machine Operator and Production occupations 5,398 6,234 1,946 2,532 9,599 25,709

Media and Public Affairs occupations 8,209 6,848 122 2,381 3,854 21,414

Protective Service occupations 27,380 34,738 2,837 9,534 11,959 86,448

Support Service occupations 13,109 1,483 1,218 2,119 8,032 25,961

Transportation and Material Handling occupations 63,566 31,279 10,900 23,154 38,148 167,047

Vehicle and Machinery Mechanic occupations 52,974 42,032 5,554 18,586 47,022 166,168

Non-occupation or unspecified coded personnel 3,441 13,117 1,663 1,926 606 20,753

Total enlisted personnel for each military branch and Coast Guard 467,110 263,808 33,586 178,476 268,595 1,211,575

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Defense, Defense Manpower Data Center

Types of officers

This unit comprises of combat specialty officers, technical officers, healthcare officers, human resource development officers, media and public affairs officers, and protective service officers, finance officers, transportation officers, and Managerial officers.


Each career has its own positive and negative side, but the most important is that they provide a living to the many people that choose them. Challenges may be many in any given career but, overcoming them and dealing with them in the right way is what matters, thus it should be remembered no career is superior to another.


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