Recruiting and Retention Specialists

Military Career

General Information

Description

Recruiting and retention specialists provide prospective candidates with all the appropriate information and guidance prior to and throughout the military enlistment process. They are responsible for interviewing, orienting, and screening potential candidates, and they participate in recruiting actions by attending promotional events, and maintaining liaison with high schools and college officials. They plan and implement interviews with military personnel, and they provide unit leaders with feedback and guidance for improving and enhancing retention. They maintain personnel records and prepare enlistment packets.  

Work Environment

Recruiting and retention specialists work in local recruiting offices, on high school campuses and career centers, and in local communities. They may travel often.

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

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

Recruiting and Retention Specialists in the Military

11,203

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Salary

Average Salary

$72,417

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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. Recruiting and retention specialists in the Military will gain skills through classroom study and on-the-job experience. Job-specific training content may include: Recruiting proceduresInterviewing techniquesPublic speaking Community relations Social networking/marketingEvaluating prospects

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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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