How to Choose an Army Job

Several different occupational fields may exist in the Army, from administration and the arts to medicine and transportation. Finding a job in the Army that is best for you requires thought, research and discussion. You should determine what your interests and skills are and align them when researching Army occupations. Discuss your ideas and goals with family and an Army recruiter or career advisor before enlisting in the Army. Follow these steps to choose an Army job.


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    Evaluate your strengths and interests. Consider what abilities and existing skills you can apply to a job. Think about what kind of jobs you would or would not enjoy.
    • Take career and/or personality self-assessment tests as a way to help you find what jobs or careers would suit you. Find them in job searching books at your school's career resources center, your local library, bookstore or online.
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    Browse or search through jobs on your country's Army website. The websites for the U.S. Army and the British Army, for example, have sections focusing on the jobs they have.
    • Read through job descriptions that interest you. Use your interests, skills or personal information such as gender to narrow down your job choices if possible.
    • Consider a specialized Army career. Choosing 1 of these options, which can be in music, law, or other areas, can affect the path you take while training in the Army.
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    Discuss your job possibilities or goals with your family.
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    Talk to an Army recruiter or career advisor. They may want to talk about your options with you and your parents or guardians.
    • Write down any questions or topics you would like to discuss before the meeting. Consider finding out more about the Army job(s) you like from the recruiter or advisor.
    • Ask your recruiter or advisor about the next steps you should take to get the Army job you want.
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    Decide whether to join the Army full-time. If you choose to enlist full-time, you will be an active soldier. You may also be a reserve member of your country's Army, which will allow you to retain a civilian job while doing Army training and spending time with your unit on the side.
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    Find out if your desired job requires you to be an Army officer. You may need to take additional steps or fulfill more rigorous requirements, such as have certain school grades, to become an officer in the Army.
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    Join the Army. Make sure you fulfill your country's specific requirements for joining. These may include being a certain minimum age, obtaining parental consent if underage, filling out an application, and doing an interview.
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    Take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test for enlisting in the U.S. Army. This multiple-choice test will help determine what Army jobs you are best suited for. It measures your knowledge and abilities in different areas, such as mathematics, vocabulary, and comprehension of mechanics.
    • Talk to an advisor at your school or your Army recruiter to find out when and where the ASVAB will be held. The test is usually taken at a school.


  • For the United States, a job in the Army may be called a Military Occupational Specialty (MOS).
  • Being a reserve member in the U.S. Army makes you a part of the Army Reserve. The British Army has the Territorial Reserve and the Regular Reserve. The latter is the reserve unit for those who were formerly in the active British Army, called the Regular Army, full-time.
  • You do not have to study in advance for the ASVAB test. Being well-rested and punctual for the day of the test are good ways to prepare for it.


  • Reserve units of the Army may be called to duty as active soldiers as required by their country. They may then need to go into combat or serve on missions.
  • You may need to pass a full physical exam as a requirement to enlist in the Army.
  • To be considered for joining the U.S. Army, you must score a 31 or higher on the ASVAB test.
  • Be aware that women are excluded from certain Army units, such as the infantry.

Things You'll Need

  • Personal interests and skills
  • Career and personality self-assessment tests
  • Army website
  • Army careers and jobs research
  • Army recruiter or career advisor
  • Army enlistment process
  • ASVAB test for U.S. Army

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Categories: Careers in the Military