The Military Still Representing The Finest

Today's military force is all volunteer and performs at an incredibly high level of dedication, excellence, and professionalism. Some of their typical resumes lately have provided more insight into the statistics associated with the military, as well as their education. Nearly 100 percent of active duty personnel have at least a GED certificate or a high school diploma. A significant number of active duty military have an associate's degree or higher. Enlisted specialty professions are occupations that have an equal civilian counterpart, such as computer programmer, culinary specialist, musician, mechanic, financial accounting, weather forecasting, nuclear engineering, and many other options. Many of these individuals also perform specialized technical and tactical support for missions and national defense support which is exclusive to military service. Commissioned officers possess four year degrees and a large amount of them have masters and doctoral degrees. The average senior officer has the credentials that equal or surpass those of a private sector corporate CEO.

There are many individuals who join the military not only to ensure that they can protect the country, but also as a way to ensure that they will be able to pursue their education. Some individuals pursue their education while they are serving. More often than not, there are those who continue to pursue their education even while they are stationed in other countries to handle the difficult situations and circumstances associated with wars and global concerns. Other times, the story is slightly different. There have been countless individuals within the military who didn't opt to use their education benefits for themselves, but instead are choosing to save those benefits for their children. They claim that since they already realize that getting an education is difficult within the current economy, they are uncertain about what these options may be like in the future for their children. By saving their educational benefits, they are able to ensure that their children will at least be able to get an associate's degree, if not more.

However, it isn't just a matter of education. Being a service member is often a stressful and demanding role, though it shouldn't be thankless. Military members do not get paid overtime for their work for the country. While they are deployed, service members have to endure some of the most uncomfortable and less than ideal conditions. Even under these types of circumstances, they still continue to perform at a top level. They are regularly involved with disaster preparedness and recovery efforts in affected communities throughout the country. Whenever disaster strikes, the National Guard, along with available active duty and reserve units are rushed to the scene. There they work tirelessly until their recovery and cleanup efforts have been completed. The fact that many of these men and women have seen and endured conditions that most of us cannot even imagine, in combination with their high amount of skill and education level, serves as a reminder for the amount of respect that we ought to hold for their voluntary actions to protect and serve the country.