Human Resources Managers

Military Career

General Information

Description

HR managers administer personnel programs by developing and coordinating policies and programs that support service members. They develop plans for strength accounting and job assignment, performance evaluation and promotions, training, awards, equal opportunity, discipline, and discharge of personnel. They may also assist with programs such as drug and alcohol abuse and control, overseas duty support, family support, recreation, and physical fitness. HR managers may specialize in one function such as manpower or equal employment opportunity (EEO) support.

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Work Environment

Human resources managers work in office settings on land or aboard ships.

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

  • Management of Companies and Enterprises
  • Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
  • Employment Services
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Military Outlook

Service Branches

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

Military Status

  • Officer
    • Managerial/professional
    • College degree required

Military Workforce

Human Resources Managers in the Military

3,908

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Salary

Average Salary

$111,529

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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Bachelor's degree 73%
  • Master's degree 8%
  • Post baccalaureate 8%
  • Some college 4%
  • Post-master's certificate 4%
  • High school 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Associate's degree 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • First professional degree 0%
  • Post-secondary certificate 0%

Military training

Officers typically enter the Military after they have completed a four-year college degree; enlisted service members can transition to officer positions through a variety of pathways and earn a degree while serving. Human resources managers may have an education in management or personnel administration. Job training for human resources managers primarily consists of on-the-job learning in various training environments. Like other officers, they complete a comprehensive training program covering responsibilities, military structure and etiquette, traditions, and leadership development. Job-specific training content may include: Military personnel policies and objectivesAutomated personnel systemsCareer development programsEqual opportunity policiesManagement and organizational conceptsPerformance evaluation and promotion policies and proceduresManpower and staffing guidelines

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Knowledge

  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Education and Training
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical

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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