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Manpower Officers

Business Management & Administration

Service Branches

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Work Environment

Manpower managers work in office settings on land or aboard ships.

  • Military Status


  • Average Military Salary



Manpower managers determine the structure, composition, position, and equipment requirements of active and reserve military forces. They determine how many and which capabilities are required to execute a mission and they manage allocation of military and civilian resources. These individuals develop and execute programs to accomplish accession planning and processing, classification and utilization, evaluation, reenlistment, assignment action, retraining, retirement, disciplinary, force development, and force shaping programs.

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. Manpower officers may have an education in management or personnel administration. Job training for manpower officers primarily consists of on-the-job earning in various training environments. Like other officers, they complete a comprehensive training program covering responsibilities, military structure and etiquette, traditions, and leadership development. Job-specific training content may include:

  • Military personnel policies and objectives
  • Automated personnel systems
  • Equal opportunity policies
  • Management and organizational concepts
  • Performance evaluation and promotion policies and procedures
  • Manpower and staffing guidelines

Helpful Attributes

  • Interest in planning and directing the work of others
  • Interest in working closely with people
  • Analytical skills

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