Things to Consider When Choosing to Join the Army

Job Opportunities in the Army

The Army has more enlisted MOS's (Military Occupational Specialties), or jobs, than any other branch—nearly 200 separate MOS's. The Army is the only branch in which every single recruit ships out to basic training with a guaranteed job in his/her enlistment contract. The Army does not have any "general" enlistments, where one enlists and then finds out what their military job is going to be after enlisting.

Of course, that does not mean you're going to get the Army job you want. It depends on whether you meet the qualifications for the job, and whether or not the job has an available slot (opening) at the time of your enlistment.

The Army has the capability to allow you to reserve a job right there in the recruiter's office, before you even travel to the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) to find out if you're qualified for the job. Once in the Army you still maybe asked to work outside of the MOS you were trained in, upon arrival at their regulation duty stations, and when deployed. It really depends on the needs of that particular Army unit.  

Before 2016, several Army jobs were closed to women, as they are considered direct-combat jobs. According to recent statements by the Secretary of Defense Ash, all jobs are open to women who qualify. As of 2016, the physical standards for entering these combat-related MOS's are the same as always.


The Army has three primary special operations jobs—Rangers, and Special Forces (Green Beret) and Aviation. As of 2016, women have graduated from Ranger School, but are not actively part of any of the Ranger Battalions. Nor are there any women who have participated in the Special Forces training pipeline.

Also, consider the locations where you might live in your future. The are Army bases all over the world such as Germany and Korea. Throughout the United States, Army Bases and the towns that support them create unique military—civilian partnerships and can offer a variety of things to do for those who are stationed in cities like Colorado Springs, CO; Fort Bragg, South Carolina; Schofield Barracks in Hawaii, and many more. There may even be an Army base close to your current home. If getting away is a brighter option for you, being on the other side of the world has its perks too.

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