Military’s Most Dangerous Jobs For 2017

The military is a rewarding, yet often dangerous, career path. Members of the military are the select few who have decided to take on the responsibility of defending our country or serve a vital support role in carrying out our country’s military efforts. The military offers comprehensive training in a variety of fields to support the country’s ability to defend our nation. Members are trained for military jobs in the latest technology and logistics, clerical positions, food service, medicine and combat roles both domestically and internationally. Every member in the military has a vital role in our defense system, but there are military jobs that can be more dangerous than others – here are 8 of the most dangerous military jobs:


1. Explosive ordnance disposal (EOD)– These are the guys who are brought in to disarm an explosive device. Members of the EOD team are specially trained to disarm, build, destruct, and deploy explosives. Their job is to get them out before anyone gets hurt. They aren’t limited to roadside bombs; They are trained to destruct nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. Members of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal are dealing with the weapons everyone else runs from.

2. Special Ops and Special Tactics– Special Ops members can be called out anytime, anywhere. Members carry out raids, clear mine fields, drop into hostile territory and gather vital intelligence. This may include Navy Seals, Marines Force Recon and Army Green Berets/Rangers.

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3. Para-rescue- (Also a Special Ops unit) They are dropped into a combat zone to retrieve members in dangerous situations. They risk their lives to save others.

4. Combat medic– Combat medics will do many tours of duty in hostile territory. Medics accompany every group of soldiers and run to help them when they are in danger.

5. Supply truck drivers– When enemies are looking for a target, they set their sights on the supply trucks. Supply truck drivers can be carrying everything needed during war. They can carry food, fuel, weapons or ammunition.

6. Infantry– Infantry members are the feet on the ground, fighting an enemy face-to-face. They face the highest risk of injury and death. When we think of soldiers, this is who we see.

7. Rescue swimmerRescue swimmers plunge from a helicopter into the treacherous and unknown dangers in the seas below to save the life of a stranger. Rescue swimmers are sent after people in the middle of the day and during the darkest nights despite the weather and water conditions.

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8. Helicopter pilots– Helicopters are an aerial target for enemies. Helicopters are used to attack tanks, carry soldiers, transport weapons and haul other loads. When the helicopter malfunctions, an error is made or is attacked my enemy fighter, the pilot goes down with his aircraft.
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The danger in these precarious military jobs is the self-sacrifice in a unstable environment. Military members do what is needed to get the job done, despite the possibility of harm or even death. They know the risks they face and still they suit up and take charge to protect the lives of others. Military members in dangerous jobs look forward to the challenge of an occupation that no one else wants to do.

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military dot image Ryan    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

combat engineers Route Clearance sapper top of the list no question

military dot image Andrew McHugh    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

As a former Combat Engineer, I conducted RCP (Route Clearance Package) missions in hostile war zones. We clear roads / routes of IED’s and EFP’s that were place by hostile forces intended for coalition forces before any convoys go down it. Our purpose is to find IED’s before they find you! In my opinion and im sure with all my 21B/12B brothers out there, this list is inaccurate. Whats nexts years ganna look like? 1. S1- Personnel (Desk Job) because of suicide rates increasing?

military dot image Fred Hill    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

My 27 year old son is an Air Force Staff Sargent trained and working as an EOD. The pride I feel when I think about the sacrifice he is and could make knows no bounds. He is doing what he wants to do. I know all of the EOD team, the men and the women are as safe as the service and training can make they. I pray for all of them every day. Good Luck to all of them.

military dot image Justine    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Proud NAVY EOD wife here……. Is it just me or does everyone else realize that every single one of the occupations listed above is also on the JOB DESCRIPTION of the US NAVY EOD….. Hoooo Yaaaaa

military dot image dennis    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I am a ABE and my job is very dangerous. I salute all the men and women who makes the decision to go into these jobs no matter how dangerous they are.

military dot image Tj    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I am an EOD TECHNICIAN and i will say you are dead wrong. All my brothers will agree with me. YES, you do go and look for IED’S and i will never take away the bravery and dedication you all put into driving up and down roads everyday, but you know as well as me that you rely on EOD to get the job done correctly. Does it it really matter who has the most dangerous job anyways? This list is as ridiculous as your statement. Everyone has a role and you should know what that entails. Stay safe and sit on a cushion!

military dot image Bryant    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Retired EOD Tech: Best job in the military hands down…Initial Success or Total Failure

military dot image MK    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I solute all in uniform that uphold them selves and their job period. But no way is a combat eng. close to an EOD Tech. You all have a very brave job. Stay safe.

military dot image Michael T.    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Well, my son’s job is at #4. Not good, but not bad either!!!

military dot image Bill    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

TJ, and i have to say your dead wrong… I was the wrecker driver for an RCP durring my deployment, we had EOD with us, sometimes, and when they were with us they hardly ever got out their truck, the Sappers did all the BIPs themselves. If you ask me most dangerous job is either the Huskey driver who leads the convoy and takes the biggest risk of hitting an IED, or from my perspective the wrecker driver, who sits in the softest truck (only recently did we get an MRAP style wrecker), always at risk of hitting a secondary while dismounted recovering a blown up truck, and always going out of the cleared path to pull a truck out that got stuck. And i still give it to the huskey drivers!! I give EOD a lot of props, but you have to be crazy to jump in a Huskey… Sappers lead the Way!!…. oh and a side note, love how Infantry is number 6!, funny considering grunts are always the first to open their mouths lol

military dot image chris    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Any job in the military is dangerous. takes alot of courage to go to war,fight,watch your buddys get blown up,and be so far away from home.wether you joined because you don’t know what to do with your life,trouble, or because you think the U.S.A is the shit and you are fighting for your country and for the greater good:if your out there in the really doing it and firing back,then hats off to you and we need more men like you in our society,so please be safe and.come back safe.and sane.

military dot image Suellen    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

My Fiance is an EOD Tech, i’m so proud of him(:

military dot image larryf    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

You should be! Congrats!

military dot image frank maduli    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

You are just plain stupid if you do not know the Army Infantry lost over a million men fighting wars starting with the Indians and explosive the
INFRANTRY BLOWS UP EXPLOSIVE because the eod team can not fight a war and it is to dangerous for them the Army infantry lost 600.000 just in the civil war nobody in the military has it more dangerous then the man in front on a battlefield !not even the Marines can fight a large Army!

military dot image Joe Wightman    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

You don’t know crap Mr or Mrs. Editor / columnist. Why don’t you ask someone who knows. All of the above live a life of danger. It’s what we crave. I am a Combat Engineer but hands down a tanker and a tank crew have the shortest life expectancy. That is and always has been the worst. Then you have M- 60 gunners ( Marine and Army Infantry / Combat Engineers/ MP) if the enemy finds an Artillery battery with an MLRS it’s a bad time. But the all time most dangerous military occupation is ….. Anybody who fu#^s with the US ARMED FORCES!!!!

military dot image larryf    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Mr. Wightman, thank you for your feedback. I mean that sincerely. I love folks who have passion and are willing to stand up and be heard! With that, feel free to write your own article and we’ll post it providing it’s respectful to all who serve. My best… Don’t Know Crap Mr. or Mrs. Editor

military dot image Marine GIrl    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

My boyfriend is on Infantry and tbh I’m not really happy about the idea. I love that he’s taking control of his life and he wants to fight, but at the same time death or injury scares me. I feel like he doesn’t really know what he’s getting himself into.

I’m the type of person who always considers the consequences…such as like obviously death or pts could be something that can happen to him. I really don’t want him to get hard and I Don’t know what I would do if I lost him..

And by reading this article, really makes me see what this military buissness is all about. Can anyone here give me and advice?

Note: he’s in the boot camp right now.

Note 2: how many weeks does it take to complete boot camp?

Do they get sworn in right away into the marines? Like how does vacation days work into this all?

military dot image guy    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Infantrymen die so much cause they are j7st pawns, theses rankings are based off of ratios not just totals if 1,000 out of 20,000 infantry die to 50 out of 100 what then rescue swimmer would be more dangerous based off number (example theseare not real numbers).

military dot image JACOB    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0


military dot image Mora    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Greetings of Peace!

How to request for vocational leave to my fiance and who will shoulder the expenses process.
Hoping for quick reply.


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