Before enrolling in the armed forces, a legal agreement called an enlistment contract must be signed. This involves a commitment to the armed forces for a number of years. Depending on the terms of the contract, 2-6 of these years are spent on active duty, out on the field, and the remaining years are spent in the reserves. This contract also allows for the enlistee to receive multiple benefits and bonuses as long as the enlistee serves for the entire period on a satisfactory level.
This enlistment contract is an acceptance of the military lifestyle. Members will often be away from family and friends for an extended amount of time, with the exception of leave and vacation times. Crew members typically travel all over the world running scouting and intelligence gathering missions, and will live outdoors or in their vehicles.
Teamwork is essential. Crew members must be able to work together efficiently and must be able to follow and execute orders quickly and correctly. Dealing with stress is standard, and members accept the challenge of being ready to face sudden danger at all times.
Excellent physical condition is required. Prior to enrollment, a physical examination must be passed. Working in this career requires a tremendous amount of physical activity, from lifting, carrying, pushing, and pulling objects, to operating heavy equipment. Crew members must also have good vision to be able to see clearly at a distance and have excellent judgment to determine a target’s location. Sometimes identifying small differences in color, shades, and brightness can be crucial to a mission’s success, or even to another crew member’s life. Candidates with excellent hearing will be selected for their ability to differentiate between minute details such as pitch and loudness. Crew members are prone to possible injuries such as cuts, bites, and minor burns often, and therefore must practice good judgment and preventative care by using protective items and equipment. Items such as safety shoes, safety glasses, safety gloves, hearing protections, hard hats, and floatation devices are usually worn.
There is no post-secondary education required for this position. Often candidates can enroll for the military following their high school career and serve for a number of years. Basic job training takes around 6-12 weeks to complete. It generally consists of training, both inside and outside of the classroom, under simulated combat conditions. On the job training includes learning how to operating the vehicle, basic offensive and defensive strategies, map interpretation, scouting techniques, weapons training, and combat readiness. This on-the-job training will be done following the first few weeks of basic training.
For crew members that desire to advance to leadership ranks, there are some helpful fields of study, such as engineering, geography, physical science, history, and business administration. All of these subjects can be studied at any two- or four-year post-secondary institution but are not required to obtain this position or to advance to another position.