Tell Us About Your Military Skills and We'll Guess Your Most Commanding Trait
By: Teresa McGlothlin
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About This Quiz
When you think about military skills, you might think of weapons-handing knowledge and tactical maneuvers. But the skills that a soldier or a sailor learns in the armed forces go far beyond the battlefield! Those who have served in the military come home with traits like confidence, self-discipline and the ability to commit to a task. Which of these traits is your strongest?
After you tell us about the military skills you possess, the commanding trait that gets you through life will be as clear as an ASVAB score. Future employers are thrilled to see veteran candidates because they know veterans have skills that are rarely taught in everyday life. Former military members are great team players, and they have the kind of drive that can only better the workforce.
Once you show off the skills that you have learned in the military or the skills you have in common with our veterans, we'll know if you are more reliable, more assertive or more something else. Which one of your traits makes others remember you when you walk away? Present yourself like you're wearing a freshly-pressed set of dress blues, and we'll let you know which of your qualities gets you noticed!
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Are you physically fit enough to run 1.5 miles with a 40-pound rucksack on your back?
I'm not going through SEAL BUD/S training.
I could run the 1.5 miles without the pack.
No problem! I can go further if you want.
It might take me a while, but I'll get it done.
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Do you usually take it upon yourself to start things that need to be done?
I am very self-motivated.
I wouldn't do that without asking my commanding officer.
If it's not done yet, it probably doesn't need doing.
As long as it won't give me a giant headache, I will.
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Is your bedside manner good enough to be a Navy hospitalman?
I'm not cut out for the medical field.
I would be a better field medic.
I was meant to care for those in need!
I'm just going to say no ... suck it up, buttercup!
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When you tackle a project, do you look for the most efficient way to do it?
I try, but I tend to think too much.
I just follow directions.
My sock drawer is streamlined ... if that tells you anything.
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Could you find your way out of the woods using only a map?
If the map is on my phone, I'm sure I could.
That's a no-brainer! I'll use the sun and tree moss to find my spot on the map.
I don't want to find out.
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Which one of these soft skills would you say is your strongest?
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When you're working with a team, what role do you usually take?
I'm the one providing encouragement.
I'm usually the person telling everyone else to get their stuff together.
I'm the brainy one who solves all the computer problems.
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Are you guilty of being over-confident?
If anything, I'm not confident enough.
It's better to be confident than to be insecure.
I'm confident, but I'm not cocky.
It depends on the task I need to complete.
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If you came upon an injured cyclist, would you be able to remain calm?
I would be the calmest person on the road.
If there's blood, I might panic.
I would be scared, but I would manage to get them to safety.
Freaking out never helps.
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What skill might you have to offer an IT department?
I have lots of moral support to offer. You go, tech nerds!
I'm well-versed in telecommunications.
I know how to find wireless networks with my phone.
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Would you say that you're as courageous as a Special Ops soldier?
Nope! They are far braver than me.
In my opinion, they're too cautious.
I think I'm courageous like a ranger.
Not yet, but I will be with the right training.
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How many curl-ups could you hit the floor and pump out?
You wanted at least 100, right? I can do that.
I can do about 20 before I want to give up.
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Do you feel comfortable telling large groups of people what to do?
It's one of my best skills!
I don't mind telling small groups of people what to do.
I'll only tell people what to do when they ask.
I'm more comfortable telling someone else how to tell people what to do.
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Which virtue would you most like to be known for having?
Integrity is extremely important to me.
I would like to be known for being loyal.
I think anyone will tell you that honor is a big deal to me.
If you aren't honest, you aren't living.
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Are you willing to go the extra mile to make sure your team succeeds?
If it doesn't mean working overtime, I will.
That's what teammates do.
I'll pull my weight, but I expect the same from others.
I'm the person that usually ends up doing it anyway.
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Can you say that your work ethic is on par with a Top Gun pilot's?
I think they work harder than I ever will.
My work ethic is as good as anyone else's.
I think my work ethic is just as high as theirs.
No, but I do pour myself into my work.
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How would you try to diffuse a tense situation?
If it's not my business, I would stay out of it.
I would hear each side out.
I have negotiation skills for that kind of thing.
I would remind everyone that life could be worse.
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What do you think you have in common with a big city firefighter?
I know how to read oxygen tank levels.
I can work under extreme pressure.
I'm strong enough to climb 50 flights of stairs.
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When something feels overwhelming, how do you overcome it?
I break it down into small pieces.
I put it on the back burner.
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How reliable would your coworkers say that you are?
I'm just as reliable as they are.
They know they can always count on me.
I am sure they would say I'm mostly reliable.
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Are you strong-minded enough to stand up against an order you don't agree with?
That's what they teach us to do in the military.
I would carry out the order but question it later.
I would hope to never find myself in that position.
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Could you look at a radar screen and locate an aircraft?
I'm sure I would figure it out eventually.
If you give me the coordinates, I can.
I wouldn't mind giving it a try.
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What's the best way to solve a tough problem?
Think through all the options
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Is your attention to detail good enough to correctly iron your own uniforms?
I pay a service for that.
If I ironed it, a uniform would barely pass inspection.
Yes, and you should see my hospital corners.
I might miss a wrinkle here and there.
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What kind of advice would you give someone who is thinking of a military career?
Advice based on experience
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Which of these interpersonal skills is your weakest?
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Do you have a problem adjusting your schedule on a moment's notice?
I'm flexible; no problem!
A little more notice would be better.
I don't have any room for adjustments.
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How would you rate your patience with others?
I'm a truly patient soul.
I have the patience of a hungry toddler.
I'm patient about some things, but not so much with others.
I'm as patient as anyone else these days.
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Would anyone say that you're a human lie detector?
You can't get anything past me.
I think I am, but people surprise me sometimes.
I never let them know when I know that they're lying.
I'm good with everything except relationship lies.
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