Careers in the Military and Homeland Security

The Military plays a critical role in the Peninsula economy. Every branch of the Department of Defense and many branches of Homeland Security maintain offices in Hampton Roads, in general, and on the Peninsula in particular. The Council recognizes that a large percentage of the local workforce is actively involved directly or indirectly with the nation’s military, National Guard, or homeland security functions. Both federal and state agencies are growing as the country moves to secure our borders and protect us all.

Department of Defense


Whether you’re tired of your current job or ready to nab a career worth bragging about, the Navy has a vast array of fields and specialties to tantalize your most demanding, intellectually stimulating, and thrill-seeking needs.


The Army has more jobs—in a variety of areas — than you would ever expect: over 150 jobs for Soldiers on Active Duty, and 120 jobs in the Army Reserve. From working with computers to assisting physicians to fixing helicopters, there’s an Army job right for you.

Air Force

For the latest news and information affecting Air Force careers — enlisted, officers, civilians, and retirees — the Air Force link will point you to the right information at the click of your mouse.

Marine Corps

With service to country comes the highest level of training and success — both in defending our country and in a Marine’s personal life.

Defense Intelligence

In a dangerous world, only extraordinary people can keep America secure. To accomplish this goal, DIA offers excellent employment opportunities to those qualified individuals interested in intelligence, computers or support-related careers.

Department of Homeland Security

DHS Admin

Department Components

The Directorate for Preparedness works with state, local, and private sector partners to identify threats, determine vulnerabilities, and target resources where risk is greatest, thereby safeguarding our borders, seaports, bridges and highways, and critical information systems.

The Science and Technology Directorate is the primary research and development arm of the Department.  It provides federal, state and local officials with the technology and capabilities to protect the homeland.

The Management Directorate is responsible for Department budgets and appropriations, expenditure of funds, accounting and finance, procurement, human resources, information technology systems, facilities and equipment, and the identification and tracking of performance measurements.

The Office of Policy Directorate is the primary policy formulation and coordination component for the Department of Homeland Security.  It provides a centralized, coordinated focus to the development of Department-wide, long-range planning to protect the United States.

The Office of Operations Coordination is responsible for monitoring the security of the United States on a daily basis and coordinating activities within the Department and with governors, Homeland Security Advisors, law enforcement partners, and critical infrastructure operators in all 50 states and more than 50 major urban areas nationwide.

The Domestic Nuclear Detection Office works to enhance the nuclear detection efforts of federal, state, territorial, tribal and local governments and the private sector to ensure a coordinated response to such threats.

US Customs & Border Protection

United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is responsible for protecting our nation’s borders in order to prevent terrorists and terrorist weapons from entering the United States, while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel.


United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is responsible for protecting our nation’s borders in order to prevent terrorists and terrorist weapons from entering the United States, while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel.

Coast Guard

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Directorate prepares the nation for hazards, manages Federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident, and administers the National Flood Insurance Program.

Citizenship & Immigration Services

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services is responsible for the administration of immigration and naturalization adjudication functions and establishing immigration services policies and priorities.

Immigration & Customs Enforcement

United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the largest investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security, is responsible for identifying and shutting down vulnerabilities in the nation’s border, economic, transportation and infrastructure security.

Secret Service

The United States Secret Service protects the President and other high-level officials and investigates counterfeiting and other financial crimes, including financial institution fraud, identity theft, computer fraud; and computer-based attacks on our nation’s financial, banking, and telecommunications infrastructure.


The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) protects the nation’s transportation systems to ensure freedom of movement for people and commerce.

Federal Law Enforcement Training Center

The Federal Law Enforcement Training Center provides career-long training to law enforcement professionals to help them fulfill their responsibilities safely and proficiently.