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Life as a Combat Engineer

Updated on December 20, 2014

If you are looking to become a grunt for the U.S. Army so you can experience all of the action, you may want to reconsider. Many people assume that infantry is the first to go out on missions, but today is a whole new generation. Between technology and corruption, things have changed over the recent years since 9/11. IED's (improvised explosive devices) have become the main form of warfare, and someone has to go looking for them.

Combat Engineers (12B) are the first to go out on missions. They are the front lines of today's military. To join this elite group of militants, one will be tested on there physical fitness and knowledge. The time spent learning the basic principles are short and crucial, with only 14 weeks to train for combat and learn the basic essentials of demolitions. The enemy is always learning as well, so even when training is over, a Combat Engineer should never stop learning their job.

Sunset in Afghanistan
Sunset in Afghanistan

Most of today's war is being fought in Afghanistan. Perception can greatly influence one's mindset, and this is one job that doesn't have time for worries or concerns. Having problems at home can make it difficult to focus on the mission at hand. Climates in this region vary dramatically depending on location, which can make warfare difficult for those who have not yet adapted to the environment. Missions are slow and tedious, as a great deal of caution is always maintained. Combat Engineers have a grand amount of responsibility, and each individual must know there place and duty to ensure that the mission is completed properly. Missions can last for days, causing sleep deprivation and low morale. Of all these things that one must go through as a Combat Engineer, words can't explain the experience of when an explosion occurs.

Yes, it probably happens more often than not. As a Combat Engineer, you will experience and watch many explosions. In any case, you do not want to be caught near one. There will be many times that your heart will race, unsure of what will happen next. But each individual must always keep on guard, knowing that the life beside them could very well be in their hands.

Whether you are looking for an experience or a career, a Combat Engineer is an honorable position. Many combat veterans suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or wounds from battle. These things can be helped, but usually can never be completely fixed. Becoming a Combat Engineer is a most respectable and inspiring lifestyle. The fact that they chose to endure these pains in order to preserve our freedoms should never be forgotten.


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