Military Mortuary Affairs Specialists

Military Career

General Information


Mortuary affairs specialists are there for personnel and their families during times of grief and sadness. They work in both combat and noncombat situations to search for, and identify, deceased personnel. They help with the inventory and safeguarding of personal effects, and provide internment. These specialists also assist the next of kin and provide funeral services.

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Work Environment

Mortuary affairs specialists work indoors when performing adminsitrative tasks related to burials, and outdoors when recovering remains and conducting funeral services.

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
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Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • High school 54%
  • Associate's degree 27%
  • Less than high school 10%
  • Some college 7%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Bachelor's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%
  • Post-secondary certificate 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. Mortuary affairs specialists in the Military will gain skills through classes and on-the-job experience. Training topics may include: Contracting (for services and supplies)Facility/program operationsCash handling Event planningDisintermentRemains preparation, preservation and shipment

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  • Customer and Personal Service
  • English Language
  • Clerical
  • Psychology
  • Transportation

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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