Serving in the military as special operations is one of the most elite positions you can have. You can find special operations forces units in the Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy and Coast Guard.

Units such as the Green Berets, The Night Stalkers, FAST, and Navy SEALS are well known both in and outside the military world. These groups are known for their strength, their intelligence, and their bravery.

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Special operations forces service members have also been known to go after high-value targets such as Osama Bin Laden. They are involved in reconnaissance missions, humanitarian assistance, counterinsurgency, as well as other highly specialized activities.

They are evaluated on their ability to lead as well as how they work with others. They need to show that they have courage, integrity, and humility to get the job done.

Jobs After the Military: Special Operations Forces

There are a lot of skills that those serving in the special forces can bring to an after military career. Specific careers can also be a perfect fit and would be worth pursuing. Here are a few of them:

The Healthcare and Medical Fields

The medical field can be perfect for special forces service members with medical training as well as those who want to go into that for the first time. There are indeed a lot of options from becoming a nurse to a Physician Assistant, a medical doctor or even a surgeon.

During your time in the special forces you might have learned about how to treat battlefield injuries, how to do minor surgery, how to deliver babies, to treat infants and children, bandage wounds, and set broken bones. You might have had to do some of this is a stressful situation under a lot of pressure, and those skills will help you in a civilian medical field.

You can use your GI Bill to go to nursing school, work towards becoming a doctor by going to medical school or even do a certificate program to become a medical assistant. There are plenty of options depending on what you want to do as a career and what experience and education you already have.

Personal Security Guard

Working as a personal security guard can be the right choice for someone who has served in special forces. As a personal security guard, you will be protecting people as well as property from criminal activities and events. You might work for a celebrity, CEO, or anyone who needs personal security.

You would escort people to and from different locations, monitor activity, do surveillance, contact law enforcement as needed, and always be on alert. You would also need to be in good physical shape to be prepared for anything that can happen.

You will need to be licensed in your state, and that can vary based on where you live. You can also get certified through ASIS and obtain your Certified Protection Professional or your Physical Security Professional certificates. These can put you ahead in the job market and you may be able to receive reimbursement for the certification exams through the GI Bill.

Having a special forces background will look good when applying for this type of job. People want to feel safe with their security guard and knowing you have a background in special forces will help with that. You already know what it is like to have to be on guard and aware of what is going on around you at all times and can bring that skill to the job.

Intelligence Officer

Becoming an intelligence officer after special forces can be the right fit. In this type of job, you would be employed by an organization and then work to collect, compile, and analyze information for them. You can work in a variety of different fields from working with the police, with the CIA or FBI, or even private corporations.

The discipline, strength, training, sense of mission, and dedication to duty will all be traits you have learned while in the special forces that can help you with a career in intelligence.

You will need to have a four-year degree if you don’t already have one. While you probably don’t need to have one specific major, getting a degree in politics, international relations, law, and criminology can be a good choice. There are a lot of different ways to go to school after serving in the military and using your GI Bill, or other VA funding to do so is a good idea. There are also scholarships for veterans to use to help pay for school.

The Business World

After serving as a special forces service member, you might want to go into the world of business. While you won’t be doing the same types of things you did while in the service, a lot of the skills you learned during your time there will help.

There are different ways to be involved in business from getting a job and working your way up in a well-known company or starting your own business. If you have been in the special forces, you should have the drive to be able to be successful as an entrepreneur in your own business.

There are a few different ways you can get the education you would want to be more successful working in the business world. You can go to school to receive a two or four-year degree in subjects such as business administration, human resources, communications, or finance.

You can also go to business school and receive your MBA (Masters in Business Administration.) You can go to school online or in person or a combination of the two using your GI Bill and other VA funding options.

Many schools recognize the leadership and experience veterans bring.  Some schools provide GMAT waivers for the military in recognition of this.

Whatever you decide to do, you can bring the skills you learned during your time in the special forces to the civilian workplace. A lot of what you have experience with can help you in civilian careers, no matter what you want to do. These listed above are a good starting off point if you are trying to decide what direction to go into after military life is over.


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