Hey Travelers! In today’s article and video, we dive into the world of international career opportunities with the military. We have two special guests, Rob and Jalisa, who are currently stationed in Cambodia. Rob is a fellow FSO (Foreign Service Officer) with military experience, while Jalisa serves in the Navy as a medical professional. Together, they share insights into how the military can open doors to overseas adventures and career growth.
Jalisa serves in the United States Navy as a medical lab scientist. The Navy offers opportunities for medical researchers in different countries, and Cambodia is one of them. While working in Cambodia, Jalisa and her colleagues fall under the umbrella of the U.S. Embassy, where they provide medical services while also supporting other Embassy functions.
Rob and Jalisa talk about the lesser-known opportunities that military service members have to work and live overseas. While there may not be a military base in Cambodia, there are military counterparts from the Army, Marines, and Navy, all contributing to the diplomatic and military efforts. They highlight that similar opportunities exist in other countries like Singapore and Sigonella, Italy, where they’ve worked previously. These experiences offer a unique chance for military personnel to collaborate with embassy counterparts while exploring new cultures and environments.
Rob and Jalisa note that many Americans are unaware of the opportunities in both The Foreign Service and the military. Rob shares his personal experience. He says that he discovered what a Foreign Service Officer was during his time in Poland with the Air Force when he was 26. This lack of awareness is a shared concern for many Foreign Service Officers and Military personnel. Both Rob and Jalisa stress the importance of reaching out to and participating in various communities, educational circles, and backgrounds to learn more about these career paths.
Rob and Jalisa embody the “work hard, play hard” philosophy. They describe how their jobs offer them the chance to work during the week while enjoying their free time on weekends and holidays. Exploring temples and the beauty of Cambodia is an opportunity they wouldn’t have had if not for their jobs. It’s a testament to the enriching experiences available to those who choose careers in international affairs and the military.
Rob and Jalisa provide valuable insights into the world of international opportunities offered by the military. Their experiences in Cambodia and in other countries show the adventures and career growth potential for those in these careers. The message is clear: Whether you’re in the Navy, Air Force, or any other branch, there are opportunities to serve your country while discovering the world.
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