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United States Department Of Defense

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The United States Department of Defense (DoD) oversees the coordination and supervision of all agencies and functions of the country's national security. Among these agencies are the Departments of the Army, Navy, and Air Force, as well as the Missile Defense Agency, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Pentagon Force Protection Agency (PFPA), the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), and the National Security Agency (NSA).

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities in the DoD are "excellent" for those with a bachelor's or master's degree, and will continue through 2016. Moreover, in addition to the current 2.6 million Americans serving in 2007, roughly 168,000 personnel must be recruited each year. As careers in the DoD become more competitive, education requirements continue to rise as the careers become more technologically advanced. All officers in the DoD and US Armed Services are required to possess a bachelor's degree, and even a graduate degree for some opportunities.

While many individuals pursue the Department of Defense as a first career option, others already in the armed services fields may decide they'd like to make a career shift toward higher career advancement. Either way, earning a degree in one of the available fields can provide you with the skills needed to succeed. Earning a higher degree in any of the over 100 degree possibilities better positions you for advancement, and with a variety of both online and campus-based degrees available, you have your pick of the program that best meets your educational and career advancement needs.

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