Career Field: Combat Operations (Enlisted)

Combat Operations enlisted personnel stand ready to defend our country by land, air or sea. Service members in this field engage and repel the enemy with artillery, infantry and assault vehicles. While this field makes up only a fairly small percentage of jobs in the Service, they are what most people envision when they think of the Military. 

Related Career Field: Combat Operations (Officer)
Useful Fields of Study
Physical Education and Mechanics
Helpful Attributes
Willingness to accept a challenge and face danger, Ability to work as a team member, Ability to stay in top physical condition, Interest in using and maintaining weaponry

Combat Operations enlisted personnel stand ready to defend our country by land, air or sea. Service members in this field engage and repel the enemy with artillery, infantry and assault vehicles.

Possible Military Careers
Amphibious Assault Vehicle Crew Chief, Armored Assault Vehicle Crew Member, Special Forces, Artillery and Missile Crew Member, Combat Controller, Infantry, Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD), Navy SEAL, Army Green Beret 

Learn more about the Combat Operations Career Field (Enlisted)
  • Possible Responsibilities

      • Carry out scouting missions
      • Operate, clean and store weapons
      • Perform hand-to-hand combat drills
      • Gather and report information about enemy strength and location
      • Drive armored assault vehicles
      • Conduct raids or invasions in enemy territory
      • Clear minefields on land and underwater
  • Training Provided

    • Classroom instruction and field training is provided for Combat Operations personnel. Sample courses include:

      • Vehicle Operations
      • Artillery Tactics
      • Ammunition Handling Procedures
      • Physical Conditioning
      • Explosives Handling and Disposal
  • Possible Military Careers

      • Armored Assault Vehicle Crew Chief – View Profile
      • Armored Assault Vehicle Crew Member
      • Special Forces
      • Artillery and Missile Crewmember
      • Combat Controller – View Profile
      • Infantry - View Video
      • Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD)
      • Navy SEAL
      • Army Green Beret
  • Possible Civilian Careers

    • While there are no direct civilian equivalents for this field, the leadership and administrative skills it provides are valued in emergency care and law enforcement, especially in groups such as bomb squads and SWAT teams.

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