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Working As A Drill Instructor

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Controlling Machines and Processes
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Deal with People

  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Stressful

  • Make Decisions

  • Repetitive

  • $70,000

    Average Salary

Example Of What A Drill Instructor does

  • Ensured closed order drills and organized physical fitness.
  • Achieved 100% platoon rifle qualification rate.
  • Completed the Marine Corps Martial Arts Instructor Trainer course.
  • Provided counseling, behavior modification, and direct supervision of trainees.
  • Directed the professional development of 30 Marine Drill Instructors.
  • Evaluated Drill Instructors' performance during each training cycle.
  • Prepare training schedules for unit.
  • Completed the Marine Combat Instructor of Water Survival course.
  • Administer First Aid, CPR and ARD, if necessary.
  • Conduct required training in accordance with current lesson plans.
  • Assigned trainers to specific training programs and tasks.
  • Instilled core values in future marines.
  • Instructed new recruits in basic combat tasks.
  • Trained 56 soldiers on a nine week cycle in classroom, field and indoor environments.
  • Trained recruits in close order drill.
  • Graduate, Primary Leadership and Development Course,
  • Inspired recruits with many different learning skills to adapt to the Military life style.
  • Indoctrinated entry level military knowledge into over 300 military candidates.
  • Prepared instructions and operation procedures for motor pool use.
  • Answered students' questions about general chemistry.

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Top Skills for A Drill Instructor

  1. Safety Standards
  2. Combat
  3. Procedures
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  • Ensured all safety standards are enforced and adhered to with no training accidents reported.
  • Trained 104 Soldiers on Infantry Tactics, and real world combat scenarios, which prepared them for future, combat operations.
  • Redirect students in accordance with standard operating procedures due to inappropriate behavior and/or appearance.
  • Provide mid-level supervision and performance-oriented training at the operational level to groups up to Platoon-sized groups into combat.
  • Served as the section leader of the Travel and Customer Service Section in direct supervision of 32 Marines.

Drill Instructor Demographics

Gender

Male

72.5%

Female

17.8%

Unknown

9.7%
Ethnicity

White

58.3%

Hispanic or Latino

18.4%

Black or African American

13.7%

Asian

6.2%

Unknown

3.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

35.9%

German

10.9%

Mandarin

7.8%

Arabic

7.8%

Portuguese

6.3%

Chinese

4.7%

Dakota

3.1%

French

3.1%

Russian

3.1%

Persian

3.1%

Italian

3.1%

Finnish

1.6%

Georgian

1.6%

Berta

1.6%

Japanese

1.6%

Dari

1.6%

Korean

1.6%

Carrier

1.6%
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Drill Instructor Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

11.7%

Central Texas College

11.3%

American University

9.2%

Ashford University

8.5%

Troy University

6.0%

Kaplan University

5.0%

Xavier University of Louisiana

4.6%

The Academy

4.3%

University of Maryland - University College

3.9%

University of Richmond

3.9%

Liberty University

3.9%

Excelsior College

3.5%

National University

3.2%

Webster University

3.2%

Strayer University

3.2%

Saint Leo University

3.2%

Park University

2.8%

Colorado Technical University

2.8%

Walden University

2.8%

Grantham University

2.8%
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Majors

Business

27.7%

Criminal Justice

21.1%

General Studies

8.3%

Management

6.1%

Education

4.7%

Psychology

4.0%

Liberal Arts

3.1%

Human Resources Management

2.6%

Communication

2.3%

Law

2.1%

Kinesiology

2.0%

Computer Information Systems

2.0%

Biology

1.9%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.9%

Homeland Security

1.9%

Music

1.7%

Finance

1.7%

Supply Chain Management

1.7%

Fire Science And Protection

1.7%

Computer Science

1.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

35.5%

Other

28.8%

Associate

15.3%

Masters

14.2%

Certificate

3.0%

Doctorate

2.0%

Diploma

1.0%

License

0.2%
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