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11 of the Most Dangerous Jobs in the U.S. Military

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By We Are The Mighty
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5. Cavalry

Photo: US Army Sgt. William Tanner

The cavalry conducts reconnaissance and security missions and, if there is a shortage of infantry soldiers, is often called to take and hold territory against enemy formations. Their recon mission sometimes results in them fighting while vastly outnumbered.

6. Combat Engineers

Photo: US Marine Corps Cpl. Bryan Nygaard

Combat engineers do dangerous construction work with the added hazard of combat operations going on all around them. When the infantry is bogged down in enemy obstacles, it’s highly-trained engineers known as Sappers who go forward and clear the way. The engineers also conduct a lot of the route clearance missions to find and destroy enemy IEDs and mines.

7. Artillery

Photo: US Army

Artillery soldiers send massive rounds against enemy forces. Because artillery destroys enemy formations and demoralizes the survivors, it’s a target for enemy airstrikes and artillery barrages. Also, the artillery may be called on to assume infantry and cavalry missions that they’ve received little training on.

8. Medical

Photo: US Army Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod

Medics go forward with friendly forces to render aid under fire. While medics are protected under the Geneva Convention, this only helps when the enemy honors the conventions. Even then, artillery barrages and bombing runs can’t tell which troops are noncombatants.

 

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2020-03-23T08:33:00-04:00

14 Comments

  1. Sean Lynch June 14, 2019 at 15:14 - Reply

    I was in Artillery, worked as a cannoncrew member. I worked POL, drove Hemmets, 5 tons, 2 1/2 tons. Paratrooper. Served as a tanker, retired as a mess sergeant/ Platoon Sergeant.

    • sean February 22, 2020 at 18:26 - Reply

      You know I actually do not agree with Truck Drivers being after artillery, because they are so far behind the line, unless you are light artillery.

  2. Glenn Davis June 23, 2019 at 17:33 - Reply

    US Navy Aviation Boatswains Mate. The flight deck of a pitching and rolling aircraft carrier is no joke. Not to mention flight ops at night and in bad weather. Jet exhaust/intakes, helo propellera, jet fuel, too many other hazards to list. You gotta have your head on a swivel, and think 2 or 3 steps ahead of yourself.

    • Sean February 22, 2020 at 18:27 - Reply

      They are looking at combat . If we were in a world war, then yes this job would be very dangerous.

  3. Michael Fick July 24, 2019 at 09:34 - Reply

    Damn didn’t even add Marine recon or raiders to the spec ops portion

  4. Jim Bledsoe July 26, 2019 at 19:14 - Reply

    How the hell is #12 not before # 1. Armor is the guardians of all. We overwatch most all military operations on the ground. Oh by the way #12 is ARMOR CREWMAN. YOU CAN COMBINE CAVALRY WITH THEM ALSO.

  5. Joe August 12, 2019 at 10:44 - Reply

    What about those guys who work on the flight deck of aircraft carrier or the helicopter carriers.?

  6. Linda Ochoa August 15, 2019 at 13:14 - Reply

    I would like to obtain a copy of a book about Pararescue that was written years ago. I lost my copy. My step father was the first man to wear the maroon beret and I would like to pass the book on to his grandchildren.

  7. Jeremiah McKenna August 16, 2019 at 23:32 - Reply

    Funny how the clandestine jobs aren’t listed.

  8. Travis Dean Brown October 7, 2019 at 18:08 - Reply

    You put the FO as 11?! Fuck you, you obviously dont know shot about what you were trying to write

  9. John Broadley October 21, 2019 at 13:23 - Reply

    Just out of curiosity, where does Armor fit in.
    I have no doubt that all these MOS’s have there inherent risks, but to not even put Armor on the list is a slap in the face to many crewmen, past and present. I am a little biased having spent 23 yrs in Armor and CAV. Retiring as a 19Z5M. I think the author(s) should rethink the article and do some more research.

  10. kim November 11, 2019 at 13:25 - Reply

    E.o.d, move that down the list or just switch with engineers. True story!

  11. brandy horchak-jevsjukova November 11, 2019 at 21:09 - Reply

    Seriously, You guys put vehicle transportation before Security Forces. Who do you think are the 240b gunners in those humvees? Who provides security for convoys? Who are first responders on scene to any incident. MPs should be high on that list.

  12. Marcus December 11, 2019 at 19:05 - Reply

    Age of special operations men and women

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