Top 5 Jobs After the Military

jobs after the military

Military personnel put a lot of effort into being the BEST OF THE BEST. They go through a lot of training to gain the skills they need to accomplish their missions, and many of these skills translate to civilian occupations. The trick is knowing which jobs are best suited for veterans and also knowing how to market yourself. So what’s out there in the job market and what does it pay? Here are the top five jobs after the military according to salary and stability.


1.  Operations or Intelligence Analyst – Median Pay is $65,332 and the top earners are making $100,071.  Your security clearance is the golden ticket to a job with a defense contractor. Having skills in geospatial intelligence or knowing Russian can also help you earn a higher pay when you enter this profession. Intelligence and operations offer a diverse set of opportunities – you could even score an international job if you prefer to travel abroad. The 10-year job growth percent is at 30 percent.

2.  Network Manager – Median pay is $85,492 and the top earners are making $123,766.  You might manage network security systems or work on development, installation, and modification of computer operating systems. Or you might deal with security and telecommunications issues. Almost every industry has jobs to fill. Storage area networking and project management are great skills to have entering this profession. The 10-year job growth is at 8 percent.

3.  Field Service Engineer – Median pay is $64,410 and the top earners are making $87,157. You’ll install, fix, and maintain equipment at sites around the country as well as repair and replace parts. You might also train others. You can work on just about anything that goes into a building or factory. Some skills that can bump up your salary include project management and systems troubleshooting. The 10-year job growth is at 8 percent.

4.  Operations Manager – Median pay is $60,904 and the top earners are making $97,901.  Logistics is a natural for vets, who have a good understanding of supply-chain procedures. There’s a broad range of work choices from warehouses to ports to shipping company hubs. You’ll monitor quality, cost, and efficiency of moving goods from place to place and negotiate with customers and suppliers. Budget management and project management are great skills to have in order to bump up your salary.  The 10-year job growth is at 36 percent.

5.  Training Manager – Median pay is $66,897 and the top earners are making $100,877.  You’ve done this before, leading enlisted personnel through training and team building exercises. Technical trainers focus on equipment and computers. Business trainers touch on everything from procedures to branding. In addition to classroom work, you’ll design and implement programs, as well as research new training techniques. Good skills to have include articulate e-learning software and training program development. The 10-year job growth is at 26 percent.

Every one of these jobs pays above the national average for household income and gets a B+ rating for stability. Every veteran should love what they do and enjoy coming to work every day. The jobs listed above are the perfect fit for many veterans, and one of them could be perfect for you. Hard work and being personable go a long way in job interviews, and remember that since employers select the best candidate for the job, you should work hard to be that person. The best of the best!

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Camouflage of the US Military

The concept of camouflage design is well known and used in a variety of ways by the U.S. military and even by civilians. Although ships have been camouflaged since the Gallic Wars, camouflage for troops as we know it today was not widely used until the Seven Years’ War, which started in 1756. At that time, the unit known as Rogers’ Rangers wore gray or green to blend into the leaves.

British soldiers continued to used drab colors to blend into their environment for several years, and it wasn’t long before other countries began to adopt the idea. In 1898, United States troops smeared mud across their uniforms to gain some concealment from snipers during the Spanish-American War. Just four years later, the U.S. adopted the British khaki color for its summer uniform and in the winter used a greenish-brown uniform. By WWII, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had developed a “frog” pattern that was created into reversible coveralls, and the types of camo uniforms that featured multiple swatches of color evolved from there.

Military Camouflage for U.S. Troops

Different Types of Camo in the Military

Of course, when someone says “camo,” the first thing everyone thinks of are the uniforms designed to make troops blend into their surroundings. Each branch of the military has its own camo uniforms that are designed for combat.

The Army’s main pattern of camo is called UCP, or Universal Camouflage Pattern, and was designed to camouflage a soldier anywhere and everywhere. The only problem with UCP is that it did a very poor job concealing soldiers in Afghanistan, so another pattern called MultiCam was created specifically to address this problem. This design is also used by Air Force ground units and Special Operations Forces deployed in Afghanistan. In addition to these, the Marine Corps Combat Utility Uniform has two variants—one designed for woodland use and the other for the desert—and the Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard each have just one of their own standard uniforms.

Types of Military Camo

Not all camo is meant to deceive the eyes. There are many non-visual ways that the military conceals personnel, weapons, and vehicles.

Olfactory camo is meant to camouflage the scent of a concealed troop, but this type is pretty rare since most forces do not rely on the sense of smell to detect opposition.

Auditory camo works to reduce noise and is used in a variety of ways. For example, submarines are often equipped with rubberized hulls, which absorb sonar waves. Many helicopters are designed to have reduced engine, rotor, and transmission noise. Even most uniforms are fabricated with noise reduction in mind, using buttons instead of zippers and velcro.

Magnetic camo is a little difficult to understand, but the basic concept is that horizontal coils called “degaussing coils” are placed around an object (usually a ship) to disrupt and cancel magnetic field disruptions to avoid magnetic mines. This method has been used since WWII.

Dazzle Ships

Among camouflaged military weaponry and vehicles, the dazzle design is probably the coolest. In 1903, Norman Pictur of the Camo Dazzle ShipWilkinson (a British marine artist) had the brilliant idea to paint ships in dazzle patterns. Some had offset stripes and others had false bow waves painted on. Many dazzle ships were patterned after animals, such as the zebra, tiger, and leopard. In the U.S., these patterns were often called “razzle dazzle.” The idea was that the crazy designs would make it difficult for the enemy to detect the outline of the ship, where guns were located, and what the ship’s bearings were. When implementing this concept, several different dazzle designs were used, which made it difficult to find conclusive data on which designs worked best and whether or not the designs worked well enough to be cost efficient and worth the effort.
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The World’s Eyes Turn to Syria

A very complicated Syria just became more complex given the events of the past week. You see nations scrambling as they work for solutions. Everyone knows that a Syrian collapse could create a vacuum for all kinds of trouble to other countries in the region and bigger headaches for everyone else.

Syria’s two-year war’s death toll staggers toward 80,000—with increasing casualties among innocent and unarmed civilians. Assad’s forces have stepped up their indiscriminate bombing of the civilian centers where armed rebels have gained footholds. Syrian rebel forces, outnumbered 8-1 and out-gunned to infinity, are essentially taking on Assad’s full military force with light weapons.

In an ironic twist, Russia, and the US—clearly ideologically on separate sides of the conflict—are working together to broker talks between Assad’s Syrian regime and the rebel fighters. The Syrian announcement that they are willing to talk shows how complex the civil war, because for all the posturing and appearances there continues an unabated war. And, pleasantries aside, both sides have shown a brutal determination to conquer or die. It is not difficult to imagine a scenario wherein things get a whole lot darker in a very short time.

The US Searches for Answers

The pressure on the Obama administration is ramping up; the Obama Administration’s Syrian policies have been largely inert for the last two years. In a recent bipartisan agreement, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved a bill that would provide a more capable weapons arsenal to rebels in Syria. They also agreed to provide military training to vetted rebel groups, sanctions against anyone who sells oil or transfers arms to Assad’s Syrian regime, and a requirement for the Administration to work more closely with the senate on Syrian policy. It seems the Senate is moving in one direction and the White House in a different direction. Where will they find common ground? Will they?

Arizona Senator John McCain isn’t sitting around any longer. McCain, who is a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, recently made a surprise visit to Syria to meet with leaders of Syria’s opposition forces. McCain has been a vocal critic of Obama administration policy in Syria. He has not been an advocate of U.S. ground troops in Syria, but he supports aggressive military steps against the Assad regime. Earlier this month, McCain wrote an op/ed for Time Magazine in which he said inaction in Syria will further destabilize the Middle East and threaten U.S. interests abroad.

According to The Daily Beast, which first reported McCain’s Syrian visit, Gen. Salem Idris, chief of the Supreme Military Council of the Free Syrian Army, accompanied McCain across the Turkey-Syria border. McCain met with Free Syrian Army leaders and received requests for increased U.S. support, including heavy weapons, a no-fly zone, and airstrikes on Syrian government and Hezbollah forces. Some in Washington content that such dramatic involvement on the part of the US would effectively be a declaration of war on Syria.

A State Department official said the department was aware of McCain crossing into Syrian territory Monday but referred further questions to McCain’s office. McCain spokeswoman Rachel Dean confirmed the Monday trip but declined further comment.

The European Union Takes Action

In Brussels, the European Union just announced plans to lift the arms embargo on the Syrian opposition after June 1, while maintaining all other sanctions against President Bashar Assad’s regime, according to British Foreign Secretary William Hague. England and France lead the effort to supply the Syrian rebels, but the European Union action does not yet translate to arms shipments being made.

Further complicating the conflict is Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah’s support of Assad, which was formally announced Saturday. The news stoked the fears of those already worried that the Syrian crisis could spill into Lebanon. Hezbollah would love to get its hands on bigger and more technological weapons systems that are sure to be flowing into the region.

Hezbollah and Russian Support for Syria

On one hand Russia says it is working to broker talks between the warring factions while on the other it continues to pump military aid to Syria. Russia dramatically escalated the war in the entire region by announcing it will deliver S-300 anti-aircraft missiles to the Syrian government. Sergei Ryabkov, Russian deputy foreign minister, said the S-300 missiles are a “stabilizing factor” that could dissuade “some hotheads” from joining the conflict. He asserted that the weapons were not for use against the rebels, presumably because the rebels do not have aircraft. It seems to be a stern Russian warning to other nations thinking about taking a larger role in the region.

Yuval Steinitz, Israel’s minister of intelligence, condemned Russia’s decision to ship the anti-aircraft missiles to the Syrian government. Steinitz said it was wrong to describe the anti-aircraft S-300s as weapons of defense. The missiles’ range is purportedly 300km, meaning they could be used to target civilian or military aircraft over Tel Aviv. He said these weapons could also end up in the hands up of Hezbollah or Iran, thereby bypassing the arms embargo on Iran.

It makes you wonder what Israel will do about the Russian rockets, should they arrive in Syria, especially given their strike-first defense policy that has already been linked to recent massive strikes in Damascus to destroy rockets it says were planned to be shipped to Lebanon and Hezbollah.

The Israeli defense minister Moshe Yaalon has been quoted as saying the S-300 missile system had not yet left Russia. “I hope they will not leave, and if, God forbid, they reach Syria, we will know what to do,” he said.

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Military Thanksgiving Feast Giveaway

A fortunate Utah military family will receive a FREE Thanksgiving dinner courtesy of  Families can apply by submitting a 200-300-word essay to


Nov. 3, 2009, Lehi, UT- Thanksgiving Day dawns the beginning of the holidays and represents the season to give.  It’s almost as if giving and the holiday season have become synonymous.

However, the men and women of our U.S. Armed Forces dedicate the entire year in our behalf, giving their lives to ensure our safety and comfort.

This year has decided to give back to one of our loyal military families through the “ Thanksgiving Feast Giveaway.”

The winner of the giveaway will receive a free family dinner on Thanksgiving Day November 26, 2009.  The restaurant chosen will include an exclusive banquet room for the winner and their family.

The owner of, Eric Kandell, hopes the contest will give a deserving Utah military family an extravagant Thanksgiving dinner.

“Hopefully we can help a family in Utah receive a Thanksgiving dinner that otherwise would not get one,” Kandell said.  “Everybody deserves a Thanksgiving feast and we want to make that a reality for a Utah military family in need.”

According to the Department of Defense, the U.S. military is deployed in over 150 countries with around 25% of its active duty soldiers serving in foreign countries.

Many military families spend holidays, like Thanksgiving, with a family member deployed on military service.  This can make the holiday season a particularly tough time to have a loved one away from home.

The contest is designed to help a Utah military family to have an enjoyable Thanksgiving Day dinner even amidst sad or tough times.

Families can nominate themselves or another military family in need.  To enter the contest, please submit a 200-300-word essay to and tell us why the military family should be selected.

Please include the following information:

1)      Your Name

2)      Address

3)      Contact Information (Phone # or Email)

4)      200-300-word essay

5)      Name of Family You are submitting for the contest (You can submit your own family or another family in need)

“If we can just help one military family have a happy Thanksgiving that will be worth it,” Kandell said.  “We just want to thank the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces.”

The family must be associated or enlisted with the military or they will not qualify for the prize.  All entries must be submitted by November 20th to enter the giveaway. will pay for dinner for up to 10 individuals.  Any number more than 10 will not be compensated.




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