Today's Military:

Combat Operations Careers


Military combat operations require careful planning and coordination of combat resources. Combat Operations officers provide battle management while directing infantry and weapons crew members. These officers are called upon to lead forces in offensive raids, demolitions, intelligence gathering and search and rescue missions. An ability to manage and inspire people is essential in this field, where fast decision making can change the course of an entire conflict.

Possible Responsibilities

  • Gather and evaluate intelligence on enemy strength and position
  • Develop offensive and defensive battle plans
  • Direct and plan combat operations
  • Direct the movement of resources within combat zone
  • Coordinate missile and artillery strikes
  • Direct fire control operations and firing procedures
  • Lead Special Forces teams in missions
  • Train personnel in parachute, scuba and other special mission techniques

Helpful Attributes

Useful fields of study include physical education, history, public administration and engineering. Helpful attributes include:

  • Ability to motivate and lead others
  • Willingness to accept a challenge and face danger
  • Determination to complete intense physical training
  • Ability to make decisions in stressful situations
  • Quick thinking and calm under pressure

Training Provided

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

  • Battle Tactics and Management
  • Artillery Tactics
  • Ammunition Handling Procedures
  • Night Maneuvers
  • Reconnaissance Technique
  • Physical Conditioning
Combat Operations Careers.

Possible Military Job Titles

  • Combat Mission Support Officer
  • Field Artillery Officer - View Profile
  • Special Forces Officer
  • Artillery and Missile Officer
  • Armored Vehicle Officer
  • Surface Warfare Officer - View Profile
  • Infantry Officer - View Media
  • 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 management and law enforcement, especially in groups such as bomb squads and SWAT teams.

Related Career Fields

Combat Operations – Enlisted
Naval and Maritime Operations – Officer
Aviation – Officer
Law Enforcement, Security and Protective Services – Officer

Related Resources

Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Training
Armored Assault Vehicle Training
Joint-Combat Training
Combat Training
Officer Commissioning Process
Officer Training
Service Academies and Military Colleges

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