Human Resources Specialists

Military Career

General Information

Description

Human resources specialists oversee the maintenance and processing of personnel records, including performance monitoring, training, and evaluation, as well as all human resource related actions such as military pay, transfers, leaves, and promotions. They are responsible for managing service member records, assessing personnel performance, and providing training and evaluation reports. They verify personnel readiness and compliance with military policies, and they provide support to leaders by accompanying them on inspections and providing them with recommendations. They promote organizational effectiveness and performance improvement by planning and implementing training and establishing performance measures and standards.  

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Work Environment

Human resources specialists normally 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

  • Employment Services
  • Management of Companies and Enterprises
  • Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
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Military Outlook

Service Branches

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  • 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

Human Resources Specialists in the Military

36,937

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Salary

Average Salary

$67,266

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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Bachelor's degree 46%
  • Some college 28%
  • Associate's degree 11%
  • High school 8%
  • Master's degree 3%
  • Post-secondary certificate 3%
  • 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. Human resources specialists gain skills through classes and on-the-job experience. Training topics relate to personnel administration, and may include: Preparation of military correspondence and formsPersonnel records managementHuman resources administration policies and proceduresOrganizational climate assessmentEqual opportunity policies and guidelinesComplaint resolution process

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Knowledge

  • Clerical
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Administration and Management
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Computers and Electronics

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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