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Military Workers, Officers


The U.S. Armed Forces are composed of five separate military services: the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard. These branches organize, train, and equip the nation's lands, sea, and air services to support the national and international policies of the government. Together, military workers from these branches are responsible for the safety and protection of U.S. citizens. Military workers who meet education and training requirements can advance to become military officers. They have the authority and responsibility to lead and manage armed forces. Those who choose to be members of the armed forces dedicate their lives to protecting their fellow Americans. In June 2019, more than 2.1 million people served in the armed forces, and more than 1.3 million people were on active duty in the military services. Active duty officer personnel serve in a broad range of occupational groups and military branches, including the U.S. Coast Guard.

Salary Range

$25,000 to $100,000+

Minimum Education Level

High School Diploma




About as Fast as the Average
Personality Traits




Career Ladder
Top-Ranking Officer (Colonel, General, Admiral)


Junior Officer