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Programmers and Developers

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Work Environment

Programmers and developers in the military work in offices or at computer sites on military bases or aboard ships.

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Computer programmers and developers write, analyze, design, and develop programs that are critical to war-fighting capabilities and allow computer applications and software programs to function properly. From maintenance tracking programs to programs that organize and display intelligence data, they ensure the Military has the software and programs needed to complete missions efficiently and effectively. They work in offices or at computer sites on military bases or aboard ships.

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.

Job training for programmers and developers primarily consists of classroom instruction and on-the-job learning in various training environments. Like other officers, they complete a comprehensive training program covering responsibilities, military structure and etiquette, traditions, and leadership development. Job-specific training content may include:


Helpful Attributes

  • Good organizational and management skills
  • Ability to understand and apply math concepts
  • Interest in technical work

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