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Human Resources Specialists

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Work Environment

Human resources specialists normally work in office settings on land or aboard ships.

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Human resources specialists oversee the maintenance and processing of personnel records, including performance monitoring, training, and evaluation, as well as all human resource related actions such as military pay, transfers, leaves, and promotions. They are responsible for managing service member records, assessing personnel performance, and providing training and evaluation reports. They verify personnel readiness and compliance with military policies, and they provide support to leaders by accompanying them on inspections and providing them with recommendations. They promote organizational effectiveness and performance improvement by planning and implementing training and establishing performance measures and standards.

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. Human resources specialists gain skills through classes and on-the-job experience. Training topics relate to personnel administration and may include:

  • Preparation of military correspondence and forms
  • Personnel records management
  • Human resources administration policies and procedures
  • Organizational climate assessment
  • Equal opportunity policies and guidelines
  • Complaint resolution process

Helpful Attributes

  • Ability to compose clear instructions or correspondence
  • Ability to follow detailed procedures and instructions
  • Interest in working closely with others

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