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Community Services Officers

Human Services

Service Branches

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Work Environment

They typically work indoors when planning and organizing events or maintaining facilities or outdoors when conducting recreational activities.

  • Military Status


  • Median Military Salary This is the median, or the midpoint, of the salary range for this career.


    Military Salary Range Salary varies based on years of service, degree level, special pays, family status and location.

    $26,872 - $502,205


Community services officers administer programs and offerings that aim to support and enhance the well-being of service members and their families. They oversee official ceremonial programs and parades, as well as other diverse ceremonial functions and military honors initiatives. They direct the operations of recreational programs and facilities, clubs, and libraries. These officers also supply personal assistance to military personnel and their families during times of crisis, including providing funeral support when casualties occur.

Military Training

Officers typically enter the Military after they have completed a four-year college degree; enlisted service members can transition to officer positions through a variety of pathways and earn a degree while serving. Like other officers community services officers complete a comprehensive training program covering responsibilities military structure and etiquette traditions and leadership development. Community services officers gain extensive experience in running programs that benefit military personnel. Formal training when provided may include the following topics:

  • Contracting (for services and supplies)
  • Facility/program operations
  • Financial management
  • Personnel management
  • Event planning

Helpful Attributes

  • 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 coordinate and prioritize the work and activities of others

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