One way to serve your country is in the Infantry in either the Marine Corps or the Army. This type of job requires a lot of strength and endurance. An Infantryman will need to be able to perform well under stress, be in good physical and mental shape, work as a team member, and have a willingness to accept challenges that come their way. They are the main land combat force and have a different role than other jobs in the military.
Civilian Jobs After the Infantry
Although some MOS’s in the military directly translate to civilian jobs, such as being an engineer, the infantry does not. This can mean that after serving in the military in the infantry, the possibilities can be endless for what you can do in the civilian world.
However, some jobs might be a better fit for a former infantryman:
Becoming a police officer after the infantry can be a good fit. They work to enforce laws, protect life, as well as property. There are different types of police work that you could go into. Serving in a big city would be very different than serving in a country setting.
To become a police officer you probably just need a high school diploma. There will be training involved, but that is usually done through the police academy. This means that you could start the road to becoming a police officer soon after you get out of the military.
Your military service can help you find a job as well as prepare you for the day to day of a police officer. As an infantryman, you will already be familiar with firearms as well as having the mental and physical strength for a law enforcement job. Even some of the skills you picked up during deployments can help.
Even though you might need a high school diploma to start, having more education wouldn’t be a bad thing. Using your GI Bill or other VA funding you could go to a local community college to take law enforcement classes, receive a certificate, or even go for your Associate degree. See what is in your local area and what might be possible for you to do before you start your career as a police officer. Having that extra education can only help you in your future career.
According to Salary.com, the average salary of a police officer in April 2018 is $53,109.
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A job as a security guard can also be the right option for a former infantryman. A security guard patrols and monitors buildings and locations to help stop and prevent theft or violence. They often times work with law enforcement, fire departments, and emergency medical personnel on a daily basis.
As a security guard, you can get hired by different types of employers. You can work for a large organization, businesses, colleges and universities, banks, museums, hospitals, nightclubs or even work personal security.
As a security guard, you would be able to use the skills that you have learned during your time in the military. Skills such as knowing how to patrol an area, being aware of what is going on around you, and using good judgment in potentially dangerous situations can go a long way in a security guard career.
Companies can look at your past military service and trust that they are getting someone who can do the job and take it seriously. There are licensing requirements based on your state, and you can take classes and receive a security guard certificate through some trade schools and community colleges. A security guard can also be a stepping stone into other similar careers.
According to Salary.com, the average salary of a security guard in April 2018 is $30,473.
A truck driving job can also be a good option for someone who has served in the infantry. As a truck driver, you would be driving different sized trucks based on the job. Some vehicles are smaller, and others require a CDL to operate. You can work for a local company and be home every night or work as an over the road truck driver who goes to a regional area or even around the entire country.
After you ETS from the military, you can go to school to get your CDL. This shouldn’t take you very long, probably just a few weeks. You can take classes through a trade or vocational school or a community college. Often the school will help you then find a job. Going this route is an excellent way to use your GI Bill and find an after military career in a concise amount of time.
Employers like to hire veterans for their truck driving jobs because of what they can bring to the position. Some infantrymen drove during their time in the military, but even if they didn’t, they could still find a job in this line of work. As a truck driver, you will have to work long hours, possibly travel and know how to make good judgment calls. You can use your time in the infantry to help you in this after military career field.
The salaries for a truck driver depend on what type of truck driving you have as well as the type of license you have and the job itself.
Border Patrol Agent
If you are looking for a job after your time in the infantry that will be a good fit, you could look into working as a border patrol agent through the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP.) As an agent, you will be working to secure the international land border as well as the coastal waters. You would be safeguarding the American people from terrorists, their weapons, drug smuggling, as well as illegal entry into the country.
As a border patrol agent, you can work in a variety of ways. You can work in areas such as horse patrol, bike patrol, a K-9 unit, Riverine operations, a off-road vehicle unit, BORTAC, BORSTAR, mobile response team, the chaplaincy, a peer support program or the honor guard.
As a veteran of the military, you can also receive veterans preference. This is when they give qualified, eligible veterans an advantage over others when recruiting under competitive external procedures. If you are working for CBP, you will also be able to use your military service towards your retirement and leave accrual.
As a former infantryman, you can use your skills from your deployments and training to help you guard the borders and help protect the citizens of the United States.
In order to work for the CBP, you will most likely need a degree. You may be able to use your GI Bill during On-the-Job training to receive a monthly housing allowance. This can make transitioning to this career possible and allow you to continue in a job that helps protect the citizens of your country.
Starting pay is about $52,583 with the ability to make a lot more as you move up in your career.
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As you are ending your time in the infantry, think about what you might want to do after you ETS. These are just a few career fields that might work for you but don’t be afraid to go back to school and work towards something else. With your GI Bill and other funding from the military, cost shouldn’t be an issue when it comes to going back to school to start another career after your time in the military is over.