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No matter how stressful your job is, few positions include the pressures of fighting on the front lines in the job description. CareerCast.com cites extreme job stress, a tough work environment and an average annual income of just more than $36,000 as the primary reasons enlisted military keeps landing on their worst-jobs list.

While the harsh work environment, job stresses and strict requirements that come with the military lifestyle are undeniable, the low salary might be misleading, since enlisted personnel usually don't have to pay for living expenses such as housing, meals and certain amenities during enlistment, says Shatkin.

There are significant benefits to working for Uncle Sam. Military work is a steady job with "excellent" opportunities in all branches, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Enlisted personnel also get some serious educational benefits and the ability to move up to higher-paying positions, and it's one of the few jobs that comes with a pension after 20 years of service. It's also one of the few gigs that provides career re-training and job-search help after enlisted personnel leave.

Because military life is a sharp change, Shatkin recommends that those eyeing the armed forces bring someone who has served to the intake interview. "That person often is aware of questions to ask that might not have occurred to you," he says.

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