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If you join a branch in the military and have a career within it. Do you have to fight on the battle field?

I don't mine fighting for my country. But i was wondering, If i specialized in a career in the Marines such as construction or engineering and i get deployed somewhere, would i get deployed as an infantry man or deployed for my specific career, like engineering or construction?

Asked By: Smart One - 3/12/2009
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You would normally only be deployed for your Primary job specialty, however, on todays battlefield you never know who or where a battle could take place. SFC US Army retired
Answered By: SFC_Ollie - 3/12/2009
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Engineers usually go with the infantry and fight side by side.
Answered By: Jason B - 3/12/2009
 
Ok non-spell checking future Marine try looking into the history of the Marines on WAKE ISLAND. There you may find the answer of what may happen in extreme circumstances. Most likely you will do your job because that's what the military has wasted it's time and resources doing with you.
Answered By: dee dee dee (mencia) - 3/12/2009
 
The job you are talking about is the MOS of Combat Engineer. Yes you will be in the heat of battle, and you will be in some very nasty situations. You are the guys we call to clear IED'S , obstructions, and mines. You also will be building road blocks, so on a so forth... remember all Marines are basic rifleman.
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Answered By: Dr. Von Doom - 3/12/2009
 
Now what I have learned in my time in the military is that your job is you job, they wont just put an m16 in your hand and put you to fight, but on the other hand that alone dose nor mean you won't get deployed. to anywhere. but if you choose a construction job the probability of that happening is low
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Answered By: Daniel P - 3/12/2009
 
Its possible. If you want to do construction look into the U.S. Navy Seabees. You can do plumbing and pipe fitter ( that's what I did) Utilitiesman, Construction Electrician, Builder, Engineering Aid, Steelworker. Equipment Operator, or Construction Mechanic. And no ship board duty.
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Answered By: Pogue Mahone - 3/12/2009
 
Generally, Engineers are combat troops that specialize in battlespace obstacle removal, and explosives removal. I have not seen a military in modern terms that uses engineers for anything else. Construction jobs are also in the realm of engineering, but to a lesser sense. Basically you would be a infantry troop with a... More
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Answered By: Tom T - 3/12/2009
 
It is possible; the military will use you where they need you and on the job training is not unusual.
Answered By: lavvy76549 - 3/12/2009
 
I think it all depends. Yea like a heavy equipment operator will more then likely run heavy equipment over in Afghanistan or Iraq..
Answered By: Kate - 3/12/2009
 
If you're a combat engineer or technician you'll most likely be in combat, as the name suggests. You could have easily looked this up on Google =/.
Answered By: Dave C - 3/12/2009
 
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