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When you are in the military what are some volunteer work that could be very helpful for you??

I heard that sometimes the military will ask for volunteers for something and I was wondering if any of them are really helpful to volunteer to, like learning another language.

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Sam’s Answer

It seems like the previous speakers might not have fully grasped Marco's question or its context, possibly due to their lack of military experience.

Marco, what you're hearing about is a unique military circumstance. If you choose to join a military branch, you'll gain a deep understanding of this.

When the military calls for "volunteers," they typically have a specific duty in mind. For example, to clean the bathrooms, or to go do some other task that needs to be done, but it probably isn't something that is fun and nobody has volunteered to do it already. So they are asking for volunteers to carry out a specific task, often without telling you what it is first. Then, if nobody raises their hand and volunteers, someone will be chosen. The military's slang term for this process is "Voluntold" - either someone volunteers, or someone will be told to do it anyway.

Regularly volunteering for these tasks can reflect positively on you and enhance your long-term military career. It's better to be the proactive individual who willingly takes on these tasks, rather than the one sitting at the back, hoping not to be chosen and putting in minimal effort to just "get by."

I hope this clarifies your query.

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David’s Answer

Hi Marco!

Firstly, I'm taking a few educated guesses based on your context: I assume you're in the US Army, stationed in El Paso, and perhaps at the rank of E-3/4, maybe even eyeing some promotion points.

Even if my assumptions are off the mark, I'd still highly recommend checking out Habitat for Humanity El Paso, Texas. And if you've moved from El Paso, no worries—Habitat for Humanity has a presence in almost every city. I had a fulfilling experience volunteering with them during my early days as an airman in Tucson. Not only is it an excellent opportunity to pick up construction skills, but it also allows you to earn volunteer points and feel genuinely fulfilled in the process.
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Shirley’s Answer

Hi Marco!
I’m assuming that you’re currently serving in the military and trying to decide whether volunteer opportunities are worth pursuing. Are you thinking of exploring a new career? Or are you sharpening your skills to re-enter the civilian workforce? Whatever your motivation is, try to find something that allows you to give back in a fulfilling way. Choose military volunteer opportunities that match your passions—something you can get excited about!
You mentioned “learning another language” which is becoming increasingly popular right now. It is definitely worth trying because if you can speak another language fluently (like Spanish or Chinese), it is a very valuable skill in the workforce. The ability to translate another language accurately can lead to a variety of exciting career paths, such as international relations.
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