Work Environment

Historians work in research or academic facilities. They may work outdoors while conducting field work on land or aboard ships.

Overview

Historians research and document the past, focusing on military conflicts and their effects. Historians in the Military may teach, write books, serve in military history detachments, or act as advisors. They research, analyze, record, and interpret the past as recorded in a myriad of sources.

Military Training

Officers typically enter the Military after they have completed a four-year college degree; enlisted service members can transition to officer positions through a variety of pathways and earn a degree while serving. Learn more about becoming an officer, here.

Historians may have a degree in history or education. Job training for historians primarily consists of on-the-job learning in various environments, and through receiving advanced civilian/industry certifications and licenses (credentials), which may require additional education, training, or experience. Like other officers, they complete a comprehensive training program covering responsibilities, military structure and etiquette, traditions, and leadership development.

Helpful Attributes

  • Ability to express ideas clearly and concisely
  • Interest in research
  • Interest in reading and writing

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