What does a Soldier do?

Soldiers serve in the Armed Forces and protect themselves, each other, and the country from domestic terrorists and foreign enemies. Soldiers strive to preserve freedom and democracy with an emphasis on placing the mission first, and never giving up, maintaining fitness and expertise, discipline, and care of self and maintaining equipment.

Soldiers must work together and cohesively to accomplish their everyday tasks and job assignments or their special missions. As new recruits, they are trained in combat through their basic training exercises. When they complete basic training, their duties focus on military combat and field operations. They are trained in combat skills and arms within the armed forces, and they form the backbone of modern military capability. They are trained to engage and neutralize enemy combatants in international armed conflicts, and they also work as peacekeepers during international intervention. A soldier needs a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalency and to have completed basic training.

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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
2 - 4
5 - 7

Soldier Seniority Levels

Military Officer
21% made the transition
Security Officer
28% made the transition
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Soldier Salaries

Average Base Pay

$52,176 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $52K
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