Not everyone realizes that many of today’s technological advances are linked to the military. These advances include the Internet, the Global Positioning System (GPS), virtual reality, voice recognition technology, autonomous vehicles and cloud computing. The military operational and tactical work environment is dynamic and often requires the application and working knowledge of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
In fact, the unparalleled technical skills and hands-on training that service members gain and master cannot be matched anywhere else. Whether officer or enlisted, specialized STEM skills are often part of a service member’s job. Commissioned officers are the managers, problem solvers, key influencers and planners who lead troops on their missions. Enlisted members perform the specific job functions that put analytical thinking and problem-solving abilities to the test to ensure mission success.