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.
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.