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Community and Recreation Specialists

Human Services

Service Branches

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Work Environment

Community and recreation specialists typically work indoors when planning and organizing events or maintaining facilities, or outdoors when conducting recreational activities.

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Community and recreation specialists provide support services to military personnel. These services include offerings such as community housing, food service, physical fitness facilities, laundry services, libraries, youth and outdoor recreation activities, arts and crafts, ceremonies, and unit-level sports. Community and recreation specialists are also available to help personnel and their families during wartime and other crises.

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. Community and recreation specialists in the Military will gain skills through classes and on-the-job experience. Training topics relate to administering community programs, and may include:

  • Contracting (for services and supplies)
  • Facility/program operations
  • Cash handling
  • Retail and leisure operations
  • Event planning

Helpful Attributes

  • Interest in working with people
  • Interest in physical fitness, athletics, arts and crafts, and other recreational activities
  • Ability to plan and organize group and individual events, programs, and activities
  • Enjoy helping, teaching, and caring for others
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision

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