Infantry Officer ... (Military - Officer)  What They Do

Just the Facts


Manages, directs, trains, and leads infantry units in the military.

This career is part of the Government and Public Administration cluster National Security pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Gathers and evaluates intelligence on enemy strength and positions.
  • Develops offensive and defensive battle plans.
  • Coordinates plans with armor, artillery, and air support units.
  • Directs construction of bunkers, fortifications, and obstacles to support and camouflage infantry positions.
  • Directs the use of infantry weapons and equipment, such as machine guns, mortars, rocket launchers, and armored personnel carriers.
  • Develops and supervises infantry unit training.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Conditions are very hot (above 90 F) or very cold (under 32 F)
  • Exposed to conditions such as high voltage electricity, combustibles, explosives, and chemicals more than once a month
  • Exposed to hazardous situations involving possible injury such as cuts, bites, stings, and minor burns more than once a month
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Maintaining a body position that prevents falling when in an unstable position
  • Moving the arms, legs and torso together when the whole body is in motion
  • Judging how far away an object is, or which of several objects is closer or farther away
  • Bending, stretching, twisting, or reaching
  • Detecting sounds and hearing the differences between sounds of different pitch and loudness
  • Seeing clearly in low light conditions
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Exerting oneself physically over long periods of time without getting out of breath
  • Lifting, pushing, pulling, or carrying objects

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Overnight travel