What does a Military Officer do?

Military officers are leaders within the armed forces who manage operations alongside enlisted personnel. If they work as a warrant officer they are technical and tactical experts in specific areas of the armed forces. They plan, organize, and lead troops through activities during military operations and manage enlisted personnel.

Military officers work in management and are problem solvers. Instead of enlisting in the service, they are typically commissioned to their positions and serve indefinitely at the pleasure of the president of the United States. They also manage operating command vehicles including aircraft, ships, or armored vehicles and provide military personnel with specific services including medical, legal, or engineering skills. A commissioned officer enters the military with a four-year college degree or higher. When appropriate, enlisted service members can advance or transition to a position of officer during their military career.

Work/Life Balance
3.1 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.6 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Military Officer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$95,929 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $96K
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Military Officer Career Path

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US NavyUS Navy
Master At Arms Us Navy
Apr. 30, 2021

“Pay is not the best and the chain of command can make your life amazing or terrible”

AXA PartnersAXA Partners
Invoicing Officer
Aug. 13, 2021

“i think there is no great possibility of career advancement and in my opinion salaries are not updated frequently enough.”

Authorized Officer
Sep. 18, 2020

“I really don't think LM and Director are really conserned about career of people reporting to them.”

HM Armed ForcesHM Armed Forces
Warrant Officer
Feb. 11, 2020

“contributory pension package and the ability to build up civilian recognised qualifications during your career.”

Citicorp Services IndiaCiticorp Services India
May 8, 2020

“Mangers egotist and vindictive.You cannot discuss with them about your career because they don't care.”

Lily ShippenLily Shippen
Candidate Manager
Feb. 12, 2020

“Lily is a great boss and supports development on both a personal and professional level.”

Orac Systems Engineering
SHE Officer
Apr. 6, 2021

“Innovative organisation that's seeks to bring the best in the engineering sector especially conveyor maintenance”

An Poitin Stil
Post Man
May 19, 2021

“good place to work and friendly”

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