Today's Military:

Combat Operations Careers


Combat Operations enlisted personnel stand ready to defend our country by land, air or sea. Servicemembers in this field engage and repel the enemy with artillery, infantry and assault vehicles. While this field makes up only a fairly small percentage of jobs in the Service, they are what most people envision when they think of the Military.

Possible Responsibilities

  • Carry out scouting missions
  • Operate, clean and store weapons
  • Perform hand-to-hand combat drills
  • Gather and report information about enemy strength and location
  • Drive armored assault vehicles
  • Conduct raids or invasions in enemy territory
  • Clear minefields on land and underwater

Helpful Attributes

Useful school subjects include physical education and mechanics. Helpful attributes include:

  • Willingness to accept a challenge and face danger
  • Ability to work as a team member
  • Ability to stay in top physical condition
  • Interest in using and maintaining weaponry

Training Provided

Classroom instruction and field training is provided for Combat Operations personnel. Sample courses include:

  • Vehicle Operations
  • Artillery Tactics
  • Ammunition Handling Procedures
  • Physical Conditioning
  • Explosives Handling and Disposal
Combat Operations Careers.

Possible Military Job Titles

  • Amphibious Assault Vehicle Crew Chief - View Profile
  • Armored Assault Vehicle Crew Member
  • Special Forces
  • Artillery and Missile Crew Member
  • Combat Controller - View Profile
  • Infantry - View Media
  • Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD)
  • Navy SEAL
  • Army Green Beret

Related Civilian Jobs

While there are no direct civilian equivalents for this field, the leadership and administrative skills it provides are valued in emergency care and law enforcement, especially in groups such as bomb squads and SWAT teams.

Related Career Fields

Combat Operations – Officer
Naval and Maritime Operations – Enlisted
Law Enforcement, Security and Protective Services – Enlisted
Environmental Health and Safety – Enlisted

Related Resources

Armored Assault Vehicle Training
Joint-Combat Training
Combat Training
Enlisting in the Military
Boot Camp
Education Support
Skill Training

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