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How to Work in the Military for Chemistry and Biology Degree Majors

July 2, 2012

Did you know that each branch of the military has a corps dedicated to biological and chemical weaponry? Officers who choose to work in these fields possess degrees in both biology and chemistry fields. In addition, biology degrees are helpful for officers who want to work in military medical fields, as well as those serving in different logistics branches and others who are interested in teaching. Military recruiters often suggest different fields that will fit your degree to best make use of your talents and knowledge. You just have to follow a simple process to use your degree wisely.

Talking to Recruiters

This is the first step for anyone interested in the military. You can contact a military recruiter near your city and express interest in joining, also talking about biology or chemistry experiences, goals for your career and what fields you would be interested in. You can set up an appointment to meet with a recruiter and go from there, discussing different positions and branches that have open possibilities for chemistry and biology graduates. When you do meet a recruiter, you should bring along I.D. documentation and college transcripts.

Understanding Different Positions

There are several options for working in the military. One big difference is choosing whether you want to be a commissioned officer or enlisted service member. Entry level officers actually make more money than an entry level enlisted service member and also have more freedom, but the recruiter can outline more specifics depending on the branch that you pick. There may not be any placement possibilities for your degree as a service member.

Signing Up for the Military

Even if you have medical experience or you've already been working as a chemist, you still have to complete the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery and submit a full criminal history check, as well as go through a physical examination with a military medical doctor. These steps are important to getting into the military in any branch. Once you've passed through the red tape, you'll be given a military contract. You should read through your military contract and look for a specific job title, which should include a guaranteed position suited to your degree, as well as what your rank will be and where you are training. You will then sign the military contract and swear an oath of allegiance to the branch. After a period of time, you'll be sent to your training location and upon completion, you'll join the specific military unit.

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