There are so many careers that are just so popular. To name but a few there’s freelancing, marketing, finance, customer service etc. But the one career that doesn’t get enough credit is a career in the armed forces. A lot of people would go against something like this due to the travelling and being away from home, and the potential dangers. But we’re now seeing a career in the armed forces becoming ever more popular due to the opportunities it creates, not only whilst actually in the armed forces, but once deciding to leave as well. Plus, the travelling should be one of the advantages, and it is definitely going to be one of the ones we list today. So, if a career in the armed forces could be on the cards for you, or even if it is something that you’ve never considered before, here’s why we think it’s one of the best careers that you could go for.
It’s no secret that a career in the armed forces could potentially take you around the world, and it should be considered one of the biggest advantages to the career. Yes, you might be travelling there on work, but that doesn’t mean you won’t get some downtime for you to be able to take in the country you’re visiting. It allows you to become such a cultured person purely due to the fact you’ll see so many different places. As a bonus, most of the bases that you’ll visit will be in tropical and hot countries, meaning you could be in the sun more than you think. For women especially, this should be one of the things that attracts you to the role. The people you meet in the armed forces will become some of the closet friends you’ll ever meet, so travelling the world with them whilst working is one of the best things you can do. Don’t be afraid of the homesickness. This is what can put a lot of people off about the travelling side of things. Whilst it is hard to be away from your loved ones for long periods of time, especially if you have a family, there’s also the sheer joy you’ll feel every time you’re able to go back to them. A lot of the time you can also take your family around the world with you to stay in the army bases. Whilst this isn’t ideal for some people, it might be better than having to wait a few weeks or months to see them! You’ll also get the privilege of doing tasks such as humanitarian aid in countries that are so desperate for it.
It doesn’t matter what sector of the armed forces you enter into, or what role you chose to do, progression is everywhere. This is something that a lot of civilian jobs lack. You’ll find yourself always stuck at the bottom with little else in the way of progression. But prove your way in the armed forces and there’s only up for you to go. The more you progress, the more money you’re able to make, and money motivates everyone! Don’t get us wrong, it is hard to progress just like it would be in any other role, but knowing that the option to move on up is there is comforting for a lot of people. The longer you stay in the armed forces, the further you’re likely to go. But it’s important to remember that you are signed into a contract that keeps you in the armed forces for at least 4 years. Anytime before that and you’d have to try and pay your way out of the contract which can sometimes be very expensive. Even things such as starting a family doesn’t make you exempt to leaving.
As we’ve already said, the bonds you’ll make with the people you work with in the armed forces are some of the strongest friendships you’ll ever be able to create. But that is no surprise considering you’ll be spending weeks or months at a time with them, and only them. A lot of squadrons that you’ll be based with do things such as military coins as memorabilia for the time you’ve spent with the people you’ve spent it with. More info can be found here about the value of military coins and how much they can mean to the people serving. Make no mistake, being forced to spend months at a time with the same people can also have its cons. There will be arguments, especially between the girls, but they resolve so much more quickly than they would in the real civilian world. It takes a certain type of person to go into a career in the armed forces, and one personality trait that’s essential is the ability to let things go and build bridges if things do go wrong. At the end of the day, the people you’re spending your time with are the people who will have your back no matter what, so it’s important to make sure you’re keeping friendships as strong as they can possibly be.
Challenges & Skills
You’ll face so many different challenges and learning curves, but they are what makes you grow as a person. One of the biggest challenges you’ll face is adjusting to the regimented lifestyle. You won’t have as much freedom as you would from your average 9-5 job, but that isn’t to say you won’t have the time to enjoy yourself every week. One big skill you’ll have no choice but to learn is time management. There won’t be any leniency if you’re late, and there will always be consequences. In the military, if you’re told to be somewhere for a certain time, you get there 5 minutes early. You’ll also learn how to problem solve on the spot to make sure you’re making the right decision. The lives of others could potentially be in your hands, so it’s important that you go into the military with the skill already, and let the military help you grow your knowledge.
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