The military operates in various parts of the world with its own micro-cities that have hospitals, cafeterias, even mini supermarkets. This means that there are a number of jobs that need to be filled that probably aren’t what you’d expect a military officer to be working. Yet all are essential to keeping our armed forces running smoothly. Some are pretty odd, others are outrageously dangerous, while others are plain ‘ol mundane, but hey, someone’s got to do them all. Here are some of the weirdest, dirtiest and wildest jobs in the military.
An entomologist studies insects, their relationships with other animals, their environments, and human beings. The scientists were first introduced to the military in 1941 in response to an arthropod-borne diseases during World War II. There are a number of diseases carried by insects, such as sand flies and mosquitos, that lead to infectious diseases, like malaria, dengue, and Leishmaniasis. It’s important to protect deployed military personnel from these diseases, and in order to do so, someone has to study what causes them, and know which insects live in which environments.
In addition, Navy entomologists help control cockroaches, bed bugs, spiders, and any other arthropods that can infest the ships.