Military Manpower Specialists

Military Career

General Information

Description

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.

Work Environment

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

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure
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Military Outlook

Service Branches

Jobs in this career field may be available in other service branches. Call or email a particular branch for more info.

Military Status

  • Enlisted
    • Hands-on/specialized
    • High school diploma required
  • Officer
    • Managerial/professional
    • College degree required

Military Workforce

Manpower Specialists in the Military

7,812

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Salary

Average Salary

$83,252

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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Bachelor's degree 46%
  • Master's degree 24%
  • High school 13%
  • Associate's degree 7%
  • Some college 4%
  • Post baccalaureate 1%
  • Post-secondary certificate 1%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

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 formsPersonnel records managementHuman resources administration policies and proceduresOrganizational climate assessmentEqual opportunity policies and guidelines

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Knowledge

  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Clerical
  • Education and Training
  • Administration and Management
  • Customer and Personal Service

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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