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Military Teaching Jobs

The U.S. military uses teaching and instruction to pass on military knowledge, experience and values from expert long-serving personnel to junior personnel. There are also jobs on bases for teachers of military personnel dependents. Read on to find out more.

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Military teaching jobs are filled by soldiers who have earned enough recognition and length of service to train new members and by civilian teachers who teach in the military schools for dependents on base under the DoDEA program. This article describes a number of these jobs.

Career Comparison

Job Title Average Annual Pay (2018) Applicable Skills/Traits
Army Drill Sergeant $28,945 (base pay)* Expert in the ways of the military, agile, highly disciplined, prudent
Chief Petty Officer $32,264 (base pay)* Leadership skills, good communicator, military expert
Nuclear Power School Instructor $61,208 (Training Specialist)*** Superior knowledge of nuclear energy, good communicator, ability to patiently teach students
DoDEA teacher $78,000** State certification and licensing, knowledgeable in the subject they teach
AIT instructor $72,482 (Tactical Training Specialist)*** Expert in military combat skills and equipment, good communicator, ability to assess correctly the abilities of military personnel

Sources: U.S. Office of Personnel Management*, PayScale**, Department of Defense***

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Military Teaching Jobs

The U.S. military offers a number of opportunities for expert long-serving officers to pass on knowledge and skills to new recruits and other junior personnel. Civilian teachers also get the opportunity to serve on military bases as teachers to the dependents of personnel as described below.

Army Drill Sergeant

A drill sergeant is a trainer who works with new recruits and trains them on the modules, customs, discipline, values and other important aspects of military life. The primary duty of a drill sergeant is to turn civilians into soldiers. The sergeant must be an expert in combat and battle drills, be an example of the upholding of military values and be physically fit. This work can be challenging and demanding because the sergeant helps to set the pace for the recruits' life in the Army.

Chief Petty Officer

Chief petty officers are leaders and trainers in the Navy. They are experts in their fields and are called upon to use this knowledge and experience to lead and supervise junior Navy sailors. They teach the junior petty officers how to perform administrative tasks and how to handle equipment or personnel, among other leadership tasks. The chief petty officer is also the representative for his or her division when dealing with other departments.

Nuclear Power School Instructor

Enlisted personnel and officers in the Navy who wish to work in the Navy's power plants and nuclear reactors learn the basics of nuclear energy from the instruction of nuclear power school instructors. These instructors teach the principles and systems of the design and operation of nuclear energy and its equipment. The work environment for an instructor, therefore, is an academic setting. Persons who wish to work in this position must take a 5-week course at the Officer Development School before proceeding to a 4-month course at the Naval Nuclear Power School in Charleston. After an intense and comprehensive training, the students are ready to become Navy nuclear power trainers.

Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Teacher

The U.S. Department of Defense operates schools in military bases to meet the educational needs of both civilian and military dependents. The existence of these schools presents career opportunities for teachers in bases across the nation and the globe. This opportunity is available to persons with teaching credentials and licensing from any of America's states. DoDEA representatives are sent to career fairs to recruit new staff for the schools but applicants can also access job opportunities through the USA JOBS.gov website.

Advanced Individual Training (AIT) Instructor

AIT instructors pass on military combat skills to recruits. They teach new personnel the knowledge and skills needed to operate the Army's combat equipment. AIT instructors, therefore, carry the responsibility of planning classes and preparing instructional materials needed for this training. They also test the students' abilities in the field or in simulated environments to determine their understanding of the learning material, tactics and survival techniques based on military instruction.

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