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10 worst jobs of 2014

No. 3: Enlisted military personnel
No. 3: Enlisted military personnel © Wong Hock weng/Shutterstock.com

No. 3: Enlisted military personnel

Some noncommissioned jobs in the U.S. military are less than pleasant, but grouping all enlisted personnel together is too ambiguous, says Michael Arsenault, vice president of candidate services for the military job placement and recruiting firm Bradley-Morris.

"In such a large organization, there are all different types of specialties and trainings and occupations and jobs, ranging from the infantrymen to the logistics specialists to the person who does intelligence work to the band," he says. "It's really painting a broad brushstroke that the enlisted job occupation, if you will, is one of the worst."

Stress, job risks and salary drag this profession into the "worst jobs" list. Enlisted military personnel may live in dangerous situations and get stationed away from their families for long periods of time. Median pay for an enlisted soldier is $28,840 annually, reports CareerCast, but that depends on experience. Basic pay for active-duty Army privates with less than two years of training, for example, is $18,378 annually, reports GoArmy.com.

Arsenault is quick to point out that military compensation extends far beyond base salary and includes education benefits, job training, health care, paid vacation, cost-of-living allowances, free housing and travel opportunities.

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