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What would a day in the life of a military engineer look like

I am interested in the idea of becoming a military engineer, I am curious what it is like to be in that position and would want to know what life would be like in that field. #engineer #military

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John’s Answer

Brian H., your question is rather broad in scope I will answer it in a manner that I hope is understood. Military life is very much like civilian life with the exception of being in a combat zone. For the majority of military personnel the work day on a permanent duty station, after all training is completed, is much like it wold be in the skilled trades construction industry. You start out as an apprentice in a job classification and progress through the training steps in a sequential manner to become a specialist in that occupation. You are responsible to a trainer who is proficient at the job to learn the hands-on aspect of the job, and there are reading and writing assignments to do on your own time that are scored and graded, followed by a written test to advance to the next level. It goes like this: Apprentice, specialist/technician, master. Your work days and hours are dictated by the project leader to insure work is done on time. You are held accountable for the accuracy of your work because someone else may depend on it in a life and death situation.

In addition to construction there are engineering positions for enlisted men in the research and development of weapons. For the most part these positions are occupied by degreed engineering students and are at duty stations with research and development capabilities.

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Brian’s Answer

Hey Brian!

There are tons of different engineering roles in the military. I was one of the many flavors in the Marine Corps for 8 years. Here's an average day:

1. Walk up at 5
2. Meet up with unit and exercise
3. Shower and breakfast
4. Formation at 8 for accountability
5. Begin working on daily task
Gear inventory
Cleaning
Inspection
Training
Inventory
Clean
6. Chow 11 to 1 with Gym
7. Finish working on daily duties anywhere from 5 to 9PM

Then you have all the other stuff that changes things up but these aren't the average day:

Field operations
Deployments
Command events
Training
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