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Military Mortuary Affairs Specialists

Military Career

General Information


Mortuary affairs specialists assist 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.

Comparable Industries

  • Human Services
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Military Outlook

Service Branches

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Military Status

  • Enlisted
    • Hands-on/specialized
    • High school diploma required
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Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Associate's degree 57%
  • Bachelor's degree 12%
  • First professional degree 12%
  • Post baccalaureate 9%
  • High school 7%
  • Some college 0%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 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
  • Psychology
  • Administrative
  • Education and Training
  • English Language

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