Are Army Soldiers Authorized to Work Part-Time While on Active Duty?


Army enlisted soldiers are generally permitted to work part-time while on active duty. Written permission from the chain of command is usually necessary before procuring civilian employment.


  • Active duty soldiers interested in obtaining a part-time job must approach their first-line supervisor and ask for a developmental counseling statement. The developmental counseling statement must be approved by the soldier's chain of command before he will be permitted to apply for civilian employment.


Famous Ties

  • Several celebrities have served in the military while working part-time jobs. Talk show host Montel Williams maintained a part-time career in motivational speaking while enlisted. Musical greats Tony Bennett and Jimi Hendrix both sang in bands during their military service, and Hugh Hefner helped publish a newspaper to garner support for WWII while he was enlisted.

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