Today's Military:

Counseling, Social Work and Human Services Careers


As in the civilian world, members of the Military sometimes seek guidance from counselors or religious leaders. Counseling, Social Work and Human Services officers provide emotional and spiritual support to servicemembers in the form of counseling, social work and religious services. Many officers in this field have prior training, whether as social workers or psychologists or as practitioners of a specific religious tradition (for example, priests, rabbis or imams).

Possible Responsibilities

  • Conduct religious services in a variety of faiths
  • Counsel individuals who seek guidance
  • Conduct research on human and animal behavior
  • Treat patients individually and in groups
  • Supervise counselors and caseworkers
  • Plan and monitor equal opportunity groups
  • Conduct psychological testing

Helpful Attributes

Useful school subjects include philosophy, religion and psychology. Helpful attributes include:

  • Sensitivity to the needs of others
  • Ability to express ideas clearly and concisely
  • Interest in scientific research
  • Desire to help others
  • Ability to be a good listener

Training Provided

Classroom instruction is provided for Counseling, Social Work and Human Services officers, with the exception of psychologists, who must have prior training. Sample courses include:

  • Pastoral Counseling Methods
  • Role and Responsibility of Military Chaplains
  • Management of Equal Opportunity Programs
  • Controlling Drug and Alcohol Abuse Among Military Personnel
Counseling, Social Work and Human Services Careers.

Possible Military Job Titles

Related Civilian Jobs

  • Social Worker
  • Psychologist
  • Clergy (Priest, Minister, Rabbi, etc.)

Related Career Fields

Counseling, Social Work and Human Services – Enlisted
Human Resources Management and Services – Officer
Health Care Practitioners – Officer
Personal and Culinary Services – Officer

Related Resources

Officer Commissioning Process
Officer Training
Service Academies and Military Colleges

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