The Five Most Important Jobs in the Army

It’s not politically correct to say that some jobs in the Army are more important than others.  After all, it’s a team effort, right?

Yes, the Army is a team effort and YES, everyone has an important role to help get that job done, BUT there are some jobs that are what I call extra important.

I’ve done my best to rank the top five most important jobs in the Army.  Please keep in mind that this is just my opinion.  I don’t expect you to agree with me (what fun would that be?), so please make sure you leave a comment below to tell me what you think the most important job in the Army is.

# 5 Platoon Sergeant

I had to put Platoon Sergeant on this list.  I learned a long time ago that PLATOONS seal the fate of the Army (thanks for teaching me that Colonel Dan Malone).  Platoon Sergeants have a tough job resourcing their platoons, getting stuff done and make sure their soldiers are trained for combat.  I’ve heard that it’s the toughest job in the Army, right up there with First Sergeant.

# 4 Recruiter

Like them or not, recruiters have a very important job in the Army.  Without recruiters, there wouldn’t be Soldiers shipping out Basic Training and filling the Army ranks.  Recruiting is also a very tough job.  Some folks excel in the environment and others hate it.  A good recruiter is worth A LOT of money to the Army.

# 3 Drill Sergeant

Drill Sergeants transform recruits into Soldiers.  This is a HUGE job with a big responsibility.  In most cases, the Drill Sergeants are the best of the best within the NCO Corps.  They put in some long hours and do whatever it takes to get the job done.  If you’ve ever been to Basic Training before, I’m sure you still remember the names of your Drill Sergeants (mine were Maxwell, Medina, and Maldanado). That just goes to show you how influential they were.

# 2 Team Leader

Team Leaders have the most important leadership job in the Army, as I see it.  They are where the rubber meets the road.  Team Leaders work with three to seven Soldiers and they handle 99% of the Soldier issues.  They train their Soldiers, develop them, take care of them and motivate them.

# 1 Infantryman

Nope, I’m not a grunt, and never have been, but I have the utmost respect for these guys.  Why?  Because at the end of the day it’s up to them to fight and win our nation’s land wars.  Yes, it is a combined team effort.  Yes, the grunts can’t do much without the support of everyone else.  I understand that.  But pretty much everyone else in the Army exists to support the infantrymen.  Many folks don’t like to admit that, but it is the truth.

Final Thoughts

In summary, these are the top five most important jobs in the Army as I see it.  Once again, the Army is COMBINED TEAM effort.  Just because I didn’t put your job on this list doesn’t mean that I don’t think you are important.

What are your thoughts?  What do you think is the most important job in the Army and why?  Leave a comment below to share your thoughts.

14 thoughts on “The Five Most Important Jobs in the Army”

  1. I think an important soldier in the army is the medic because if a soldier or civilian gets injured the medic will be there and without medics, the wounded soldiers will die so I think that the medic is an important type of soldier

  2. The inclusion of #1 really spoke to me. A lot of people overlook the work the infantrymen do – it really is them who fight the wars. Their boots are on the ground. It isn’t the administrators in Washington. It’s the grunts. Although my Grandfather wasn’t a grunt, he too talked of the work they put in and he as well respected them more than anyone.

  3. As you said at the start of this post, every job is very important in the Army. I do have to slightly disagree on a couple of points. Infantryman should be on the list, but at #2. You may not like what I am about to say, but when you really consider it, I am right. If you remember trying to get chow in Basic Training and coming up with the right answers, you will probably find your Drill Sgt saying I am right on this also. The most important job in the Army is someone who doesn’t even wear a uniform. It is someone who is elected to their position. It is the Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces…The President of the United States.

    Next, I must say an Army cook should be on that list also. If soldiers and officers don’t eat, what good are they?

    Just my opinions—ok give me some shots on that one–LOL

    1. Good points, Greg.

      We can agree to disagree and I am cool with that.

      I like the cooks myself, but in most units the cooks don’t even exist. They are outsourced to civilian contractors.

      1. Wow, that is new to me. I didn’t realize the Army was outsourcing the cooks now. I guess my age and when I was in is showing.

        I also must mention that his job is the most important, but that doesn’t mean I have much respect for the one in that position at this point in time. I really am wondering what is going to happen with Russia and the Ukraine.

        Your thoughts?

          1. I had to pipe back in; well it looks like we are sending heavy loads of troops to Eastern Europe at this time over this Russia and Ukraine conflict. I do agree that we should keep our noses out of it, but we do need to make sure the Baltics and Poland are left alone by Putin and his forces.

            I had to also say that Recruiters are also very important. Without them, the Army would probably be very shorthanded.

    2. Candace Ginestar

      My unit utilizes the cooks a lot, but not nearly as much as we probably want to. They are very highly utilized during AT and most drills, but the last deployment, not all of them got to perform their MOS. Some of them did, and were working in the JVB hotel, which was a great experience. By and large, cooks are outsourced as Chuck said.

  4. Candace Ginestar

    I think Team Leaders are definitely right on up there, like you said!!! And no team leader is better than an infantry team leader. That CPL has the weight of the world on his shoulders, and any team leader for any job is so responsible for so many things. I admire that level of leadership and I rely on my team leaders a lot more than they know!

      1. Candace Ginestar

        Those CPLs have more influence on their Soldiers than anyone I know. There’s a reason that their Soldiers have more fear of them than, say, their commander. Reasonably speaking, they shouldn’t even be on a familiar level with their commander beyond the normal, and they should be doing everything in their power to act right, lest their team leader sees them do something wrong. Nothing beats a young, rabid, eager team leader!

          1. Candace Ginestar

            On another note, we are all here to support the warfighter. This isn’t diminishing anybody’s role in the military, but we are here to support grunts and that is the bottom line. I feel even more pride doing that, I certainly do not feel diminished in any way.

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