Today's Military:

Career Profiles

Because there are so many possible career paths, every servicemember enjoys a unique experience in the Military. The profiles here are personal stories of how various servicemembers succeeded in their careers and how they got to where they are today.

Naval and Maritime Operations Careers

  • James Tiernan.

    James Tiernan
    Surface Operations Officer

    “When I was in high school, I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to pay for college. I thought a military scholarship would help get me through that, so I applied for a four-year ROTC scholarship.” His grandfather ... View profile

  • Jeff Joseph.

    Jeff Joseph
    Submarine Readiness Officer

    When I was in high school, I decided that I was interested in the Navy ROTC program as a way to pay for school. It was an interesting opportunity to do some things and serve the country. I got accepted ... View profile

  • Jeff Payne.

    Jeff Payne
    Engineer Officer
    Coast Guard

    “I had been a cook in a restaurant, worked in shipyards, done manual labor, a little bit of construction and some other things, and I knew there was more out there… I joined the Military to get a better life.” ... View profile

  • Philip Kiley.

    Philip Kiley
    Boatswain's Mate
    Coast Guard Reserve

    “I enjoy leadership positions and taking on responsibility, so boatswain’s mate was the perfect fit.” While most of Philip Kiley’s college classmates were enjoying their last few, worry-free years before entering “the real world,” Kiley yearned for responsibility. The leader ... View profile

  • Timothy Mays.

    Timothy Mays
    Sonar Technician

    We really don’t talk about what we do as a submarine force. That’s one reason why we call it the Silent Service. But basically I’m a sonar technician, which means we make sure that the ship doesn’t hit anything that ... View profile

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