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Military Opportunities: A Place to Belong

Staff. Sgt. Ruta Shibeshi

SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFNS) – Staff Sgt. Ruta Shibeshi is an Airman in the U.S. Air Force, and what sounds like a job title to most, to Shibeshi has meant family, friends and a place to belong. In July 1986, a more than decade-long civil war continued to rage in Ethiopia. By its conclusion in 1991, the fighting would claim upward of 1.4 million lives. In addition to those lost to the violence, it's been estimated that nearly an additional 7 millio... more

Navy Officer Ranks

Commissioned officers do not enlist. They serve indefinitely at the pleasure of the President of the United States. They hold a commission charging them with the duties and responsibilities of their specific rank. Officer ranks consist of commissioned officers and warrant officers (specialists and experts in certain military technologies or capabilities). Promotion of officers are confirmed by the Senate. Officers Admirals ... more

Coast Guard Officer Ranks

Officers Admirals Coast Guard Officers Ensign (ENS)(O1) Ensigns are generally inducted after Naval Officer training and obtaining a four-year degree. Their rank is equivalent to Second Lieutenant in other branches. Lieutenant Junior Grade (LTJG)(O2) Lieutenant Junior Grades are generally promoted one yea... more

Army Officer Ranks

Officers Generals Army Officers Second Lieutenant (2LT)(O1) Addressed as "Lieutenant." Typically the entry-level rank for most Commissioned Officers. Leads platoon-size elements consisting of the platoon SGT and two or more squads (16 to 44 Soldiers). First Lieutenant (1LT)(O2) Addressed as "Lieutenant." A seasoned lieutenant with 18 to 24 months service. Leads more specialized weapons platoons and indirect fire computati... more

Air Force Officer Ranks

Officers Generals  Air Force Officers Second Lieutenant (2nd Lt)(O1) The rank of Second Lieutenant is shown through a single gold bar. Proper forms of address include “Second Lieutenant” or “Lieutenant.” Commissioned Airman may sometimes skip this rank. First Lieutenant (1st Lt)(O2) First Lieutenants have roughly the same responsibilities as a Second Lieutenant, but receive higher pay and are given more responsibility. Ca... more

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One of the most important choices you will make when joining the military is what job you want to do. With hundreds of jobs to choose from, it can be very tough to narrow it down to just one. This section will give you some insight into many of the different jobs each service has to offer.

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