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.

What responsibilities are common for Soldier jobs?
  • Provide general language support for military operations and interpret during interviews, meetings, and conferences
What are the typical qualifications for Soldier jobs?
  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science.
Work/Life Balance
2.7 ★
Total Pay--
Career Opportunity
4.0 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

How much does a Soldier make?

$58,269 /yr
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Soldier Career Path

Learn how to become a Soldier, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
2 - 4
5 - 7
Not including years spent in education and/or training
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Soldier Insights

Read what Soldier professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
US Department of DefenseUS Department of Defense
United States Marine Corps
Feb 24, 2021

“Pushes oneself to grow as a person and have effective communication alongside teaching subordinates the best way possible.”

US Marine CorpsUS Marine Corps
United States Marine Corps
Jul 13, 2021

“Working here was fun and the people are awesome”

Israeli Defense ForcesIsraeli Defense Forces
Dec 15, 2021

“its mandatory for any israeli citiznes and you have to make its to enjoy goverment benefits”

US Marine CorpsUS Marine Corps
Apr 20, 2022

“The people you meet and the travel opportunities are some of the best in any industry or career path”

US ArmyUS Army
Apr 11, 2021

“One of the top most physically fit soldiers in my company; I was given many opportunities to go to schools to advance my military career.”

The British ArmyThe British Army
Dec 20, 2020

“24/7 work and little respect from higher.”

US ArmyUS Army
US Army Officer
Feb 3, 2022

“Consistent and predictable career path.”

US ArmyUS Army
Jan 21, 2022

“Thoroughly enjoyed the 10 years I served and the people I met along the way.”

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Soldier Interviews

Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of a Soldier

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  • Military Officer
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  • Intelligence Analyst
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