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Manpower Specialists

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Work Environment

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

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Manpower specialists provide support on manpower, which is the composition of the force. They oversee manpower resources and manage manpower requirements. They determine how many and which capabilities are required to execute a mission, and they advise on the allocation of military and civilian resources. They support accession planning, reenlistment, and force development programs. They operate manpower data systems, prepare relevant reports, and supervise efforts focused on continuous improvement.

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. Manpower 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

Helpful Attributes

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

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