Members of the infantry are ground troops that engage with the enemy in close-range combat. They operate weapons and equipment to engage and destroy enemy ground forces. This job is typically considered to be the job in the Military that is more physically demanding and psychologically stressful than any other job.
This career is part of the Government and Public Administration cluster National Security pathway.
A person in this career:
- Operates and maintains mounted and dismounted weapons such as rifles, machine guns, mortars, and hand grenades
- Participates in reconnaissance operations
- Employs, fires, and recovers antipersonnel and antitank mines
- Operates, mounts/dismounts, zeros, and engages targets using night vision sights
- Locates, constructs, and camouflages infantry positions and equipment
- Evaluates terrain and records topographical information
- Operates and maintains field communications equipment
- Assesses need for and directs supporting fire
- Places explosives and performs minesweeping activities on land
- Delivers long-range, precision fire from concealed positions