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Administrative Support Specialists

Business Management & Administration

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Work Environment

Administrative support specialists work in office settings both on land and aboard ships.

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Administrative support specialists are responsible for a variety of duties in the office. They make sure that information is recorded, stored, and delivered in order to keep operations running as smoothly as possible. They supervise or perform administrative, clerical, and typing duties. They may also be in charge of scheduling meetings, making travel arrangements, and organizing any other work-related events.

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. Administrative support specialists in the Military will gain skills through classes and on-the-job experience. Job-specific training topics relate to office administration and may include:

  • English grammar spelling and punctuation
  • Letter writing policies and guidelines
  • Setting up and maintaining filing and publication systems
  • Preparing forms and correspondence in military style
  • Maintaining databases
  • Personnel administration policies and procedures

Helpful Attributes

  • Ability to organize and plan
  • Interest in keeping organized and accurate records
  • Interest in operating computers and other office machines
  • Preference for office work

Related Civilian Careers

  • Postal Service Clerks
  • Human Resources Specialists
  • Word Processors and Typists
  • Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants
  • Human Resources Assistants, Except Payroll and Timekeeping
  • File Clerks
  • Correspondence Clerks
  • Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers
  • Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks
  • Office Clerks, General

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