While working for a civilian company right oiut of high school, I found myself incredibly bored with the day to day routine that a normal job presents. While talking with my brother who was in the Marines he would often tell me his stories about going to various countries and the jobs they would do while they were there, Finally one day he said “why are you still in Detroit, really not doing anything, going to a job you don’t enjoy everyday will wear down on you and turn you into a bitter person”.
I could not come up with an answer of why I was still just living a basic life and I decided there were to many life experiences I was missing out on by leading a normal life. I decided to join the Air Force as a way to gain these life experiences, and have been able to accomplish these goals so far. While there are many parallels between civilian and military jobs, there are also many differences. The main differences between military and civilian jobs are the standards of accountability, the overall standard of fitness, as well as the opportunity to work in impoverished countries.
The standards of accountability were the first differences I noticed between the military and civilian world. In a civilian job, you can come in late, wear an outrageous outfit, call off work for just about any reason, nor make any attempt to get along with your co-workers. You are also free to quit your job at anytime or turn down any job that you are asked to do by your boss. These once seemed every normal to me, but once you are in a military job all of those behaviors that are common in almost every company disappear.
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If you are late to work without a viable reason you will be punished most often times by having to come into work an hour early every day until you can demonstrate your ability to arrive at work on time. You must also always have on the correct uniform for that day and make sure that it is free of dirt or defects. You are also not allowed to call off of work the morning before you are to be there. You are required to be where you are scheduled to be at all times. If there is a certain day you will need off, you must request it in advance so appropriate coverage can be met.
Another standard that is different between military and civilian jobs are the fitness standards. In a civilian company, an employer does not take an active role in their employee’s health. They may offer healthy living programs or smoking cessation programs, but an employer cannot force an employee to take an active role in their fitness health, or force and employee to lose weight. This seems to be one of the basics of an American’s freedom, they have absolute control over themselves and what they want to become in their lives.
If being unhealthy is one of them, then that is their choice. The government is not allowed to tell one of its citizens that they must lose weight. Except if you are in the military, you must stay under your max weight that is established for your height. You also are required to complete and pass a twice yearly physical fitness test that measures your level of fitness. If you fail your fitness test or weigh in at over your allotted weight for your height, you will lose ability to be promoted for one year and required to re-test within 90 days.
If you fail your physical fitness test for a second time, you are then separated from the Air Force. The military is one of the only employers in the United States where you can be fired from your job due to lack of physical fitness. The third and possibly the most significant difference between working in a military job and a civilian job is the opportunity to go to other countries to do your job and have a larger impact than the difference you could make in just working in your hometown. Very few civilian jobs offer you the ability to travel as a part of your job.
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Most traveling is done to meet with clients or to propose new business ideas and is done over the course of a few days. In the military, you will go to another country and spend considerable time there, most often for 6-12 months. While there, your unit will work with the local government and population to help improve their quality of life. Your work can consist of a multitude of different jobs. One day you could be testing the local water supply, and the next you could be educating and dispersing bed nets to help prevent the spread of malaria.
By being able to spend a great deal of time with the population in a specific country or city, you are able to accomplish tasks that can benefit a great number of people for years to come. The differences of accountability, standards of physical fitness and the opportunities to work in impoverished countries are the three main differences between life in a civilian job and life in a military job. If you can get thru these three things and learn to set your standards a step higher, then the differences between a civilian and military job will be not be a difficult change for you to make.