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,
as training, job assignment, promotion, and health information. They work directly with service personnel and their
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 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
Job training consists of classroom instruction. Further training occurs on the job and through advanced courses.
content typically includes:
- Preparation of military correspondence and forms
- Personnel records management
- Computer update and retrieval procedures
Personnel specialists normally work in office settings on land or aboard ships.
Civilian personnel specialists work for all types of organizations, including industrial firms, retail establishments,
They perform duties similar to military personnel clerks.
However, specific jobs vary from