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Today, the United States military keeps its budget in check while accomplishing its goals more efficiently by outsourcing a number of jobs to civilians, or directly employing civilians. This creates additional job opportunities for citizens at home and abroad.
Civilian jobs in the military usually come in two different forms. First, civilians might be directly employed by some section of the military. In these cases, the civilian employee is an employee of the federal government, which entails all of the same sorts of benefits that other federal employees get.
On the other hand, civilian military jobs might be offered in the form of contracts awarded to defense or technology contractors (who may or may not in turn hire subcontractors). In these cases, civilians might be working on different jobs for the military, but are not directly employed by the military or the federal government – they are employed by a private sector contractor that provides products and/or labor to the military and government. Civilians employed by these companies provide their labor and expertise to the military as part of a contract agreement between the military and the contractor. The kinds of jobs that civilians work in these situations are numerous, and can range everywhere from working as a consultant, to working as a trainer or teacher, to working as a technician in the field alongside uniformed military personnel.
Civilian Military Jobs – Do you work directly for the Government?
Civilians that are employed directly by the government may work for a branch of the military (such as the Army, the Navy, the Air Force, or the Coast Guard) directly, or may be employed by another department or agency within the Department of Defense. The Department of Defense employs a huge number of civilian employees directly – probably more so than any individual military branch does. Civilians working for the Department of Defense still work to achieve national military and defense interests, but are not necessarily associated with one of the uniformed services. The Department of Defense employs a huge number of intelligence analysts, field operatives, translators, strategists, social scientists, engineers, technical workers, and research scientists in order to support national military and defense initiatives.
Civilian Military Jobs Offer Varied Roles
Civilians that are employed directly by the military generally fill the role of taking on administrative tasks, maintenance jobs, or provide essential human resources and operations support that are indirectly related to the military’s goals. For instance, the following short list, gives you some kind of idea on the breadth of roles available to civilian personnel that may be directly employed by the military.
- Office workers
- Building Supervisors
- Kitchen Staff and Chefs
- Nurses and Physicians Assistants
- Doctors or surgeons with particular specialties
In addition, civilian engineers, technicians, and scientists may be employed directly by the military in order to provide essential expertise necessary for maintenance of equipment, or for research and development of new equipment and weapons systems. They may also participate in research and development projects carried out at various laboratories that are not located at military installations, but still serve the needs and purposes of the military.
In other cases, civilians will be employed by contractors that work to complete projects that a military branch or the Department of Defense requests. In these cases, many contractors will make bids composed of proposals that indicate how they will achieve the project that the government desires, and at what cost. The contractor that makes the most lucrative bid in terms of price and value will be awarded the contract, and is paid for the services that they render. Whenever a contractor wins a bid, they will use their existing civilian employees, and often hire additional civilian employees, in order to provide the labor requirements associated with the contract. Some of these jobs may be temporary contracting jobs, while others may be long-term hires. The sorts of jobs that are made available is highly contingent upon the kind of work that is completed, the length of time that it will be required, and where the project is taking place. After all, not all military needs are the same – certain needs are inevitably short term, and others are longer term. In addition, contractors often have a greater incentive to offer full time positions to highly trained or educated persons, since they often offer versatile skills that can be applied to future contract projects or internal project needs.
The most important aspect of working as a civilian within a military or defense agency or branch is meeting the needs expressed by the employer. In almost every case, civilians that work directly with the military are highly qualified for the tasks that they are assigned to. This is because if a relatively unskilled or untrained individual could carry out these tasks, then it would make more sense for the military to delegate the task to uniformed personnel; contractors and civilian employees are hired only whenever their expertise or knowledge exceeds that which the military could effectively provide on its own. In certain kinds of work, prior military experience is a key way to prove to a contractor or to the military that one has the skills and experience necessary to do a good job. This is especially the case for positions that involve fieldwork, particularly in hostile regions, or with positions that involve access to sensitive equipment or information. In addition, certain civilian military jobs will require that employees be subject to a security clearance screening before they can begin work. Because this process can take several months, even when the process is expedited, individuals that already have security clearance as a result of their prior employment, or because of their prior involvement as a member of the military. Individuals that are seeking to work as a civilian military employee (or an employee of a contractor providing civilian labor to the military) are subject to strict guidelines regarding on the job conduct. In addition, they are held to strict scrutiny regarding their criminal record; conviction of certain crimes may exempt a person from obtaining this kind of job, and conviction of certain kinds of crimes while on the job can cause one to be fired.
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