Tell Us About Your Military Career and We'll Guess What Type of Civilian Career Is Right for You

By: Teresa McGlothlin
Estimated Completion Time
5 min
Which branch of the military did you join?
Navy
Army
Air Force
Marines

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Were you ever deployed?
I was deployed for most of my career.
I was never deployed.
I was deployed for a short time.
I was deployed for over a year.

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Why did you decide to join the military?
I wanted to travel.
I wanted an education.
I wanted to serve my country.
I was looking for a job.

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Did you have a military desk job?
I did work at a desk most of the time.
I worked onboard a ship.
Some of my job was spent at a desk.
I was in the field most of the time.

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How long did you serve?
I served for four years.
I served a few tours.
I'm planning to retire from the military.
I served for over 10 years.

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How well did you do in basic training?
It was tough, but I made it.
I aced basic training.
I nearly didn't make it.
I managed, but I was not top of my class.

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What shift did you work in the military?
I worked office hours.
I worked nights.
I used to work evenings.
My shifts were varied.

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Did you work on your feet?
I worked on my chair.
A lot of my job was required being my feet.
I worked on my feet for a few hours a day.
It depended on the task to be done.

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During your military career, did you serve in a position of authority?
I managed several people.
I was never really in a position of authority.
I was a superior officer.
I managed a lot of people.

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Were you ever stationed overseas?
I was stationed on a battleship.
I was stationed overseas for a while.
I was never stationed overseas.
I wasn't stationed there, but I did go overseas.

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Did your military job require working with specialized equipment?
I used a computer.
I had to use a lot of specialized equipment.
There were a few pieces of special equipment.
I worked with a lot of tools.

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How did you stay in shape for military physicals?
I worked out a few times a week.
My job kept me in shape.
I worked out every day.
I didn't really do much to stay in shape.

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Did your military position involve serving food?
I was responsible for ordering lunch.
My job did require serving food.
No, thankfully.
I worked in the cantina for a while.

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Did you work a lot of weekends?
I never worked on weekends.
I worked every weekend.
I worked a weekend every once in a while.
I worked a rotating schedule.

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Which rank would you have enjoyed most?
Master Sergeant
Admiral
Major
Specialist

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How would your military coworkers describe your work?
Precise
Lifesaving
Technical
Brave

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Are you still in the military?
I'm in the reserves.
I am still enlisted.
I have recently retired from the military.
I am no longer in the military.

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During your career, did you work with your military family?
We had separate jobs.
We worked in the same place.
We worked together for special projects.
We worked together once in a while.

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Were you a good team player?
I preferred to work alone.
I was and am an excellent team player.
I'm a better leader.
It depended on the task.

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How many medals did you earn?
I earned a lapel full of medals.
I earned a couple of medals.
I didn't earn any medals.
I earned one very special medal.

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Were you a member of an elite team like the Navy Seals?
For security reasons, I cannot answer this question.
I didn't make the cut.
I never served on a special team.
I served on an elite force.

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What was your favorite part of your military job?
I loved serving my country.
I liked the work I did.
I loved the stability of my job.
I liked being able to climb the ranks.

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Would your military boss give you a good reference?
I'm not sure about that.
I would get a glowing reference.
I think so.
I see no reason I would get a bad reference.

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Are you still in touch with your military coworkers?
We see each other nearly every day.
I'm in touch with some of them.
I'm in touch with one of my military coworkers.
We speak a few times a year.

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Which first responder job would you be qualified to try?
Police officer
Paramedic
911 dispatcher
Firefighter

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Did you ever receive a pay raise?
I got my standard raises.
I received a little bonus once.
I was forbidden in my field.
I got a raise when I got higher ranks.

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Did you live in military base housing?
I did during my early years.
I liked living off the base.
I lived on the base my entire career.
I lived in the dorms for a while.

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Were you required to be aggressive?
My position was fairly aggressive.
The work required being aggressive sometimes.
I was encouraged to be more passive.
It wasn't a requirement, but it was helpful.

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Do you hope to have a brand new civilian career?
I would love to keep the same job.
I'm ready for a change.
I hope it's similar.
I need to freshen up my options.

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In hindsight, would you choose a different military career?
I would keep the same position.
I would have picked something different.
I would do it differently, but I wouldn't change careers.
I would have started from the top rather than the bottom.

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