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Recruiting and Retention Specialists

Business Management & Administration

Service Branches

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  • Marines logo
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  • Air Force logo

Work Environment

Recruiting and retention specialists work in local recruiting offices on high school campuses and career centers and in local communities. They may travel often.

  • 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 - $283,756


Recruiting and retention specialists provide prospective candidates with all the appropriate information and guidance prior to and throughout the military enlistment process. They are responsible for interviewing, orienting, and screening potential candidates, and they participate in recruiting actions by attending promotional events, and maintaining liaison with high schools and college officials. They plan and implement interviews with military personnel, and they provide unit leaders with feedback and guidance for improving and enhancing retention. They maintain personnel records and prepare enlistment packets.

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. Recruiting and retention specialists in the Military will gain skills through classroom study and on-the-job experience. Job-specific training content may include:

  • Recruiting procedures
  • Interviewing techniques
  • Public speaking
  • Community relations
  • Social networking/marketing
  • Evaluating prospects

Helpful Attributes

  • Ability to speak before groups
  • Ability to work independently
  • Interest in working with youths

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