A Soldier earns an average salary of $32,665 per year. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career.
Job Description for Soldier
The daily life of a soldier can be quite demanding and is best suited to those who are flexible, determined, punctual, and willing to take orders. A high school diploma is generally required and applicants must have a clean criminal record, but there are few other barriers to entry.Read More...
After an initial training period which lasts a few months, soldiers go where the military needs them. This could be anywhere in the world, and it's not uncommon to move from one location to another every few months. Days are also arduous and filled with hard physical labor and exercise; it is a demanding job, but the training soldiers receive can remain quite valuable later in life. While initial training is generally the same for everyone, as time goes on soldiers are offered the ability to specialize. There are hundreds of specialties available, such as IT support, medical, photography, weapons, and many more. Soldiers can try their hand at any available specialty and are allowed to change specialties if they so desire. Weapons training is also a must, so applicants must be comfortable handling firearms.
Soldiers wear distinctive uniforms and are usually expected to live and work on-site. Daily job duties can vary quite a bit depending upon the specialty, but they often involve exercise, weapons training, and training in the chosen specialty. The day begins at dawn and may not end until late in the night, but all soldiers are expected to be ready for duty 24 hours a day at a moment's notice.
There is a strict hierarchy that soldiers follow, and each subordinate is expected to obey their superiors' orders without question. New soldiers start at the lowest rank, but can advance quite quickly if they choose to. Advancement is based on a merit system, so high-performing soldiers may find themselves in command positions sooner than they may think.
- Operate and maintain a wide variety of military equipment.
- Listen to or interfere with enemy electronic transmissions.
- Perform a range of duties such as stores accounting, electronic ledger supply and warehousing duties.
- Cook for personnel in different environments ranging from formal events through to exercises in the field.
- Participate in classroom lectures and field training in the areas of navigation, field craft, administration, and more.
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