Are Army Soldiers Authorized to Work Part-Time While on Active Duty?

Soldiers may work part-time while serving on active duty if the work does not interfere with Army responsibilities.

Army enlisted soldiers are generally permitted to work part-time while on active duty. Written permission from the chain of command is usually necessary before procuring civilian employment.

1 Considerations

Active duty soldiers interested in obtaining a part-time job must approach their first-line supervisor and ask for a developmental counseling statement. The developmental counseling statement must be approved by the soldier's chain of command before he will be permitted to apply for civilian employment.

2 Types

A part-time position as a Hollywood stunt man is not likely to be approved by a soldier's chain of command.

According to command policy, soldiers are generally prohibited from applying for jobs considered dangerous or those posing risk to the soldier's health. Acceptable jobs may include restaurant service, food delivery, retail sales and administrative positions. Part-time jobs may not interfere with military duty requirements.

3 Famous Ties

Several celebrities have served in the military while working part-time jobs. Talk show host Montel Williams maintained a part-time career in motivational speaking while enlisted. Musical greats Tony Bennett and Jimi Hendrix both sang in bands during their military service, and Hugh Hefner helped publish a newspaper to garner support for WWII while he was enlisted.

A professional writer since 1994, Eva Talent was trained as a journalist by the U.S. Army. She received two Army Commendation Medals and an Army Achievement Medal for journalistic excellence. Her press releases are frequently featured on the websites of the Department of Defense and the Army. Talent holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Michigan.