Troops pick which Army job is the best
People approach joining the Army as if all soldiers are the same, but there are actually a ton of different jobs recruits can enlist for. And since soldiers are willing to leave reviews on sites like Glassdoor.com, it's easy to see which recruits might re-enlist without prompting and which will spend the next few years counting down to the end of their contract.
1. Human Resources Specialists
Photo: US Army Sgt. Jason Means
Human resource specialists apparently love being in the Army, giving it a rating of 4.3 out of 5. It looks like sitting behind a desk at headquarters isn't a bad way to earn the GI Bill.
2. Psychological Operations
Photo: US Air Force Staff Sgt. Samuel Bedet
Psychological Operations soldiers gave their career a 4.3 as well. Multiple reviewers cited their free foreign language training and incentive pays as reasons they like their job.
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Artillery has the highest rating of the combat arms branches with a 4.1. Considering the fact that they get to pull strings and make stuff go boom all day, this isn't a huge shocker.
4. Combat Engineer
Photo: US Army Sgt. 1st Class Michel Sauret
Considering the fact that combat engineers are stuck with missions like route clearance, it's surprising that they rated their time in the Army as a 4 out of 5. But sappers are crazy like that and explosives are fun.
5. Communications specialists
Pfc. Chris McKenna
Photo: Staff Sgt. Elizabeth Rissmiller
Helicopters are awesome, and their pilots rated serving in the Army at 3.9 out of 5. Some of the lower ratings came from OH-58 pilots who are understandably disappointed that the Army has gotten rid of their scout aircraft.
Photo: US Navy Chief Photographer's Mate Edward Martens
Cavlarymen cited their long work hours and the danger of combat arms as drawbacks, but the adrenaline rush, Army benefits, and working outside were huge positives. The average review was a 3.9.
8. Special Forces
Photo: US Air Force Tech. Sgt. Bradley C. Church
Like the cavalry, Special Forces soldiers gave the Army a 3.9. Reviews cited the incentive pays for Special Forces and the professional environment as big positives. SF guys also get free language training.
9. Intel Analyst
Photo: US Army Spc. Nathan Goodall
Intelligence analysts gave the Army a 3.8 out of 5. In charge of collecting data from the battlefield and figuring out what the enemy is doing, these guys spend a lot of time locked in secure offices seeing photos and reports no one else gets to.
Photo: US Army Staff Sgt. Shane Hamann
The iconic rifleman may be all over the recruiting posters, but sleeping on rocks and rucking 100 pounds of gear isn't exactly an ideal weekend. They still gave their employer a 3.7 rating, so it must not be all bad.
Photo: US Army Staff Sgt. Kaily Brown
Everyone loves medics, but they only rated the Army as a 3.6, so the feeling isn't mutual. That 3.6 probably comes from their easy access to IV bags for curing hangovers, not from having to look at everyone else's infections.