Tell Us About Your Military Skills and We'll Guess Your Most Commanding Trait

By: Teresa McGlothlin
Estimated Completion Time
6 min
1-Rucksack 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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2-Motivated 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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3-Bedside Manner 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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4-Productive When you tackle a project, do you look for the most efficient way to do it?
Why waste time?
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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5-Woods 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.
I would need a GPS unit.

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6-Soft Skills Which one of these soft skills would you say is your strongest?
Flexibility
Technical skills
Planning skills
Problem solving skills

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7-Team When you're working with a team, what role do you usually take?
I'm always the leader.
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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8-Confident 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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9-Injury 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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11-IT What skill might you have to offer an IT department?
I'm good at coding.
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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Special Ops 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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13-Push Ups How many curl-ups could you hit the floor and pump out?
Maybe 10
At least 50
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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14-Sargent 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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15-Virtue 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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16-Teamwork 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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17-Top Gun 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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18-Situation 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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19-Firefighter What do you think you have in common with a big city firefighter?
I'm fairly fearless.
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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20-Overwhlemed When something feels overwhelming, how do you overcome it?
I break it down into small pieces.
I get help from others.
I make a solid plan.
I put it on the back burner.

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21-Reliable How reliable would your coworkers say that you are?
I'm late sometimes.
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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22-Strong minded Are you strong-minded enough to stand up against an order you don't agree with?
An order is an order.
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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23-Radar Could you look at a radar screen and locate an aircraft?
I could totally do that!
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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24-Thinking What's the best way to solve a tough problem?
Think through all the options
Google
Ask an expert
Try and try again

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25-Iron 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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26-Soldier What kind of advice would you give someone who is thinking of a military career?
Advice based on experience
Truthful advice
Informative advice
Enthusiastic support

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27-Soldier Which of these interpersonal skills is your weakest?
Assertiveness
Decision making
Listening skills
Verbal communication

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28-Watch Do you have a problem adjusting your schedule on a moment's notice?
It's infuriating!
I'm flexible; no problem!
A little more notice would be better.
I don't have any room for adjustments.

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23 Soldiers at dusk 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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30-Soldier 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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