Community and Recreation Specialists

Military Career

General Information


Community and recreation specialists provide support services to military personnel.  These services include offerings such as community housing, food service, physical fitness facilities, laundry services, libraries, youth and outdoor recreation activities, arts and crafts, ceremonies, and unit-level sports. Community and recreation specialists are also available to help personnel and their families during wartime and other crises.

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Work Environment

Community and recreation specialists typically work indoors when planning and organizing events or maintaining facilities, or outdoors when conducting recreational activities.

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Comparable Industries

  • Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
  • Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities)
  • Civic and Social Organizations
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Military Outlook

Service Branches

Jobs in this career field may be available in other service branches. Call or email a particular branch for more info.

  • Army
  • Marine Corps
  • Navy
  • Air Force
  • Coast Guard

Military Status

  • Enlisted
    • Hands-on/specialized
    • High school diploma required
  • Officer
    • Managerial/professional
    • College degree required

Military Workforce

Community and Recreation Specialists in the Military


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Average Salary


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Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Bachelor's degree 61%
  • High school 25%
  • Associate's degree 8%
  • Post-secondary certificate 3%
  • Some college 0%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

Military training

All enlisted service members complete basic military training, which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field, and covers tactical and survival skills, physical training, military life and customs, and weapons training. Community and recreation specialists in the Military will gain skills through classes and on-the-job experience. Training topics relate to administering community programs, and may include: Contracting (for services and supplies)Facility/program operationsCash handling Retail and leisure operationsEvent planning

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  • Education and Training
  • Psychology
  • English Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Customer and Personal Service

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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