Today's Military:

Business Administration and Operations Careers


The success of many military activities and operations depends on the effective management and coordination of administrative functions. Business Administration and Operations officers direct administrative functions and services, such as mail distribution and delivery, records management and financial management. These officers also help analyze and plan administrative systems, which means they must have superior organizational skills and the ability to communicate the systems to the people they manage.

Possible Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement administrative plans, policies and procedures
  • Respond to special correspondence
  • Direct the operations of support departments
  • Direct personnel operations such as hiring, evaluation and staff development
  • Design rules or procedures for work or information flow
  • Determine organizational structure for new or existing offices
  • Review bids, proposals and formal contracts
  • Review requests for supplies and services

Helpful Attributes

Useful fields of study include business management, organizational planning and accounting. Helpful attributes include:

  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to work effectively with people
  • Strong communication skills
  • Good organizational and management skills
  • Interest in solving problems

Training Provided

Jobs in Business Administration and Operations involve significant on-the-job training, but classroom instruction is also provided for many specialties. Sample courses include:

  • Organizational Planning
  • Management Engineering Techniques
  • Purchasing and Accounting Procedures
  • Supply and Financial Management
  • Planning and Directing Health Services
  • Nursing Service Administration
Business Administration and Operations Careers.

Possible Military Job Titles

  • Supply Officer
  • Administrative Officer
  • Chief Staff Officer - View Profile
  • Health Services Administrator
  • Management Analyst and Planner
  • Purchasing and Contracting Manager
  • Medical Plans and Operations Officer - View Profile

Related Civilian Jobs

  • Contracting Officer
  • Office Manager
  • Health Services Administrator
  • Human Resources
  • Information Systems Management
  • Procurement Services Manager

Related Career Fields

Business Administration and Operations – Enlisted
Accounting, Budget and Finance – Officer
Transportation, Supply and Logistics – Officer
Human Resources Management and Services – Officer

Related Resources

Officer Commissioning Process
Officer Training
Service Academies and Military Colleges

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