Is a Career in the Military Right For You?

By: Tori Highley
Estimated Completion Time
4 min
Is a Career in the Military Right For You?
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About This Quiz

Starting with the famously grueling basic training, a career in the U.S. military is no small endeavor. The differences between military life and civilian life are plenty and significant. Housing situations on base are very different from living in your own home, and the daily schedule that the military operates on often requires odd hours from its members. However, there is a great amount of job security for those recruited, and the path to success and promotion in the military is often laid out plainly.

Beyond lifestyle choices, military members are all asked to do a wide variety of tasks, from cleaning their work places to building infrastructure to learning life-saving skills. The training that the U.S. military provides its members is invaluable and unparalleled to any civilian career. Military members find themselves with an extremely versatile set of skills and experiences, allowing them to truly understand where they belong in their career. While there are a great many sacrifices our military members and their families are asked to make, it can be a great career option for your future.

With the pros and cons of joining the military, it can be difficult to decide whether or not to join. Our quiz is a practical and easy way to help you decide to start a career in the military.

Do you know what you want to do with your career?
I'm very unsure.
I have a general idea of the field I want to go into.
Yes, I'm very driven to achieve my goals quickly.
I am pretty sure I know what field I'm headed into.

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How do you decide what to eat for dinner?
I just eat what other people want to eat.
I am picky, so I usually eat the same thing every day.
I usually eat the first thing I see.
I love cooking new and exciting foods.

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Where do you want to live?
Anywhere and everywhere
Somewhere exciting
In my hometown
In the city near where I grew up

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What do you value most in your best friend?
Their loyalty and compassion
Their sense of honor and pride
Their sense of mischief and humor
Their bravery and enthusiasm

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Which summer job did you love having in high school?
Summer camp counselor
Ice cream scooping
Yard work for the neighbors
Working with friends at fast food places

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What is your favorite way to spend a weekend?
Going camping with my buddies
Playing video games
Partying and finding unexpected adventures
Working out and taking care of my house

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What is your biggest motivation for joining the military?
The structure and core values resonate with me.
The career opportunities I would otherwise not have.
Wanting to travel the world
The education and insurance benefits

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Which branch of the military seems like the best fit for you?
Marines
Navy
Air Force
Army

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Outside of the military, which government job seems like a great back up career?
Secret Service Agent
Postal Service Worker
State Senator
Nuclear Plant Inspector

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Which athletic endeavor is your favorite?
Team sports like football
Backpacking
Snowboarding
Swimming and diving

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Which holiday is your favorite to celebrate with friends?
Independence Day
Memorial Day
Halloween
Thanksgiving

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What is your ideal work environment?
Outside, doing hands-on work
Behind a computer in an office
Working from home, possibly in bed
In and out of the office and the field

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How do you feel about college?
I could go back to school later in life.
I know I want to go to college, I just don't know what for yet.
I am aiming for a PhD in my field.
I want to go to college right away.

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How do you like choosing what to wear to work?
I like having a uniform. It makes it easy to know what to wear.
I wear pretty similar outfits everyday. My wardrobe is designed to all go together easily.
I love wowing everyone at the office with my new accessories and bold patterns.
I like wearing comfy but good looking clothes.

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Which season do you hate leaving the house during?
Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

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What has been your favorite part of team sports in the past?
The camaraderie and sense of family with teammates
The achievements of our team
Getting out of the house
The fun we had in the sport

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What kind of body modification have you been interested in?
I'm not into much beyond getting my hair cut.
I love getting tattoos.
I love having rainbow hair.
I like interesting piercings.

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What is your preferred living situation?
Living with a bunch of my buddies.
Having a few roommates.
Living alone in the middle of nowhere.
Having my own apartment near my friends.

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What is your least favorite daily chore?
Dishes
Cooking
Making my bed
Vacuuming

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How much do you value your complete privacy?
I'm an open book and so are my devices.
I'm not doing anything I need to hide.
I despise every invasion of my personal life.
I prefer privacy, although I understand when invasions are necessary.

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If you were stuck in a place without internet, what would you do to keep busy?
Read a lot of books.
Play my ukulele.
I would go out of my mind.
Work out a lot.

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Which military vehicle would your rather drive?
U.S. National Guard Tractor
U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk
U.S. Army Light All Terrain Vehicle
U.S. Army Humvee

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How well do you take directions?
I pay great attention to directions and carry them out promptly.
I can handle it, although I prefer doing things my own way.
I really hate being told what to do, much less how to do it.
I don't usually pay much attention to detail, although it doesn't bother me to be told what to do.

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What useful skill are you proud of knowing?
Hand sewing and clothing repair
Working with computer science
Gardening
Knowing a second language

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What is your beverage of choice?
Black coffee
Energy drinks
Martinis
Gatorade

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When it comes to exercising, what is your favorite activity?
Running
Boxing
Yoga
Dancing

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Which subject was your strongest in school?
History
Science
English
Mathematics

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What kind of shoes do you prefer to wear to work?
Heavy duty combat boots
Dress shoes
Sandals
Sneakers

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As a member of the military, who would you be serving in your heart?
The American people
My family
The American President
My hometown

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What are you most proud of?
The work that I do
My achievements
My appearance
My amazing family members

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