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Spring 2007 Vol. 51, Number 1

Military training for civilian careers (Or: How to gain practical experience while serving your country)

The inaugural OOH provided career guidance for veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. Harking back to those origins, this article highlights the career value of military service.

Men and women serve in the U.S. Armed Forces for a variety of reasons. Some consider military service a matter of family tradition or patriotic duty. Others want to further their education or see the world. Still others seek the kind of character-building challenges that the armed services offer. 

For many people, military service provides all of these things. And more: Another draw for prospective servicemembers is the chance to gain hands-on experience. The military trains people for numerous occupations that have civilian counterparts, such as air traffic controller, plumber, and paramedic.

But joining the armed services is a serious commitment. If you’re considering military enlistment as a career-training strategy, this article is for you.

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Last Updated: September 21, 2007