Job Family: Human Resources Management and Services Human Resources Specialists
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Army  | Navy  | Air Force  | Marine Corps  | Coast Guard  | National Guard

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Photo 1: Personnel specialist discusses benefits with soldier.
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Personnel specialist enters data on new recruits.

Howard Miranda
Occupation: Personnel Specialist

I grew up in Chesapeake, Virginia, and joined the military to get some direction in my life. I had graduated from high school and was still living…

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Short Description
Personnel management helps individuals develop their military careers. It also serves the military’s need to fill jobs with qualified workers. Human resources specialists collect and store information about the people in the military, such as training, job assignment, promotion, and health information. They work directly with service personnel and their families.


What They Do
Human resources specialists in the military perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Organize, maintain, and review personnel records
  • Enter and retrieve personnel information using computer terminals
  • Assign personnel to jobs
  • Prepare correspondence, organizational charts, and reports
  • Provide career guidance
  • Assist personnel and their families who have special needs
  • Determine manpower requirements
  • Evaluate organizational structure for effectiveness and efficiency
  • Perform personal services

Helpful Attributes
Helpful school subjects include English, speech, and business administration. Helpful attributes include:
  • Ability to compose clear instructions or correspondence
  • Ability to follow detailed procedures and instructions
  • Interest in working closely with others

Training Provided
Job training consists of classroom instruction. Further training occurs on the job and through advanced courses. Course content typically includes:
  • Preparation of military correspondence and forms
  • Personnel records management
  • Computer update and retrieval procedures

Work Environment
Personnel specialists normally work in office settings on land or aboard ships.


Civilian Counterparts
Civilian personnel specialists work for all types of organizations, including industrial firms, retail establishments, and government agencies. They perform duties similar to military personnel clerks. However, specific jobs vary from company to company.

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