Job Family: Human Resources Management and Services Recruiting Specialists
Services Offering this Occupation
Army  | Navy  | Air Force  | Marine Corps

Photo 1: Recruiter discusses benefits of military life. Photo 2:
Recruiter meets with school students.

Short Description
Attracting young people with the kinds of talent needed to succeed in today’s military is a large task. Recruiting specialists provide information about military careers to young people, parents, schools, and local communities. They explain service employment and training opportunities, pay and benefits, and service life.


What They Do
Recruiting specialists in the military perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Interview civilians interested in military careers
  • Describe military careers to groups of high school students
  • Explain the purpose of the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) and test results to students and counselors
  • Participate in local job fairs and career day programs
  • Talk about the military to community groups
  • Counsel military personnel about career opportunities and benefits

Helpful Attributes
Helpful school subjects include the social sciences, speech, psychology, and English. Helpful attributes include:
  • Ability to speak before groups
  • Ability to work independently
  • Interest in working with youths

Training Provided
Job training consists of classroom instruction. Further training occurs on the job and through advanced courses. Course content typically includes:
  • Recruiting procedures
  • Interviewing techniques
  • Public speaking techniques
  • Community relations practices

Work Environment
Recruiting specialists work in local recruiting offices, on high school campuses and career centers, and in local communities. They may have to travel often.


Civilian Counterparts
Civilian recruiting specialists work for businesses of all kinds searching for talented people to hire. Recruiters also work for colleges seeking to attract and enroll talented high school students.

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