Survival Equipment Specialists

Military Career

General Information


Survival equipment specialists in the Military inspect, fit, maintain, and repair survival equipment, such as parachutes, aircraft life support equipment, search and rescue equipment, and air-sea rescue equipment, along with survival kits, medical kits, flight clothing, protective wear, night vision equipment, aircrew oxygen systems, liquid oxygen converters, anti-exposure suits, and G-suits.

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Work Environment

Survival equipment specialists in the Military work in repair shops on land or aboard ships.

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Comparable Industries

  • Fabric Mills
  • Other Textile Product Mills
  • Textile Furnishings Mills
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Military Outlook

Service Branches

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  • Army
  • Marine Corps
  • Navy
  • Air Force
  • Coast Guard

Military Status

  • Enlisted
    • Hands-on/specialized
    • High school diploma required

Military Workforce

Survival Equipment Specialists in the Military


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Average Salary


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Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • High school 41%
  • Post-secondary certificate 13%
  • Bachelor's degree 12%
  • Post baccalaureate 12%
  • Less than high school 10%
  • Some college 9%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Associate's degree 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

Military training

All enlisted service members complete basic military training, which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field, and covers tactical and survival skills, physical training, military life and customs, and weapons training. Survival equipment specialists in the Military will gain skills through classroom study and on-the-job experience. Length and type of training varies depending upon specialty. Job-specific training topics relate to practice in working with survival equipment, and may include: Parachute rigging techniquesRepair of inflatable rafts and other survival equipmentMaintenance of oxygen equipmentMaintenance of air-sea rescue equipmentAviation Life Support Equipment (ALSE) fundamentalsHelicopter rescue swimmer proceduresOperational fitness trainingArmy Parachute Rigger Course

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  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Design
  • Production and Processing

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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