Manpower Officers

Military Career

General Information

Description

Manpower managers determine the structure, composition, position, and equipment requirements of active and reserve military forces. They determine how many and which capabilities are required to execute a mission and they manage allocation of military and civilian resources. These individuals develop and execute programs to accomplish accession planning and processing, classification and utilization, evaluation, reenlistment, assignment action, retraining, retirement, disciplinary, force development, and force shaping programs.

Work Environment

Manpower 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, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
  • Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
  • State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (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

Manpower Officers in the Military

7,160

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Salary

Average Salary

$117,442

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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Master's degree 46%
  • Bachelor's degree 38%
  • Post baccalaureate 11%
  • Post-master's certificate 3%
  • High school 0%
  • Some college 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. Manpower officers may have an education in management or personnel administration. Job training for manpower officers primarily consists of on-the-job earning 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 systemsEqual opportunity policiesManagement and organizational conceptsPerformance evaluation and promotion policies and proceduresManpower and staffing guidelines

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Knowledge

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

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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