The military is considered a dangerous place to work, but some careers in the military, including many medical and and administrative positions, are safer than others, with fewer industrial- and travel-related accidents and less exposure to combat. Although people working in these jobs are not usually deployed (positioned for battle) or put in dangerous or hazardous environments, their safety is never guaranteed. If the military wants to deploy them, they still have to go. Most careers are available at the time of enlistment, provided that the potential recruit meets the minimum test score and experience requirement. However, waiting lists do exist for certain high-demand jobs.
The Army, Air Force and Navy all maintain a medical corps. (Being part of the Department of the Navy, the Marines use Naval infrastructure.) Medical personnel such as surgeons, dentists, podiatrists and emergency medical technicians have nearly identical training, and apply their trade similarly, to their civilian counterparts. The majority of medical jobs are performed in clinics or hospitals. Most medical personal are kept at least a short distance from combat so that they can safely treat combat-related injuries.
Every service has an administrative corps with paralegal specialists, lawyers, support personnel, and planners. Lawyers and paralegal personnel perform many of the same functions as their civilian counterparts, assisting combat troops with wills, powers of attorney and other legal needs. A support staff handles administrative duties for the commander and generally remains with the commander at the headquarters. Mission planners, who help develop combat plans for future and current operations, usually work at the headquarters or the Pentagon.
Some careers are unique to the military and don't easily translate to the civilian sector. Found in every service, bandsmen travel the world playing music to increase morale and entertain the troops. Scientists and researchers work to develop new technologies for use in military applications; they usually stay within the United States. Personnel working in space operations typically launch satellites and monitor the global positioning system at home station (the permanent location of active-duty or reserve units).
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