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As a Human Resources Specialist in the U.S. Navy, you’ll influence others through your ability to connect intellectually and emotionally. Provide answers to questions about Navy procedures, occupations, education, job training, wages or promotion opportunities. Tap into your love of working with people as you mentor, assist and support fellow Americans who have dedicated themselves to defending our country.
Many of the jobs within the Navy’s human resources community offer rewarding opportunities to interact with people throughout their military careers for many different reasons, at many different stages of life. Your responsibilities may include:
As a Navy Personnel Specialist, you may work from one of many offices located at more than 40 major Naval bases across the country. Your work will usually be performed in a clean office environment, either alone with little supervision, or with others under close supervision, depending on your assignment.
Serving part-time as a Reservist, your duties will be carried out during your scheduled drilling and training periods. During monthly drilling, Navy personnel in the Navy Reserve typically work at a location close to their homes.
For Annual Training, Enlisted Sailors may serve anywhere in the world, whether on a ship at sea or bases and installations on shore.
Take a moment to learn more about the general roles and responsibilities of Reservists.
Upon completion of initial 7–9 week Recruit Training (known as Boot Camp), those pursuing an human resources role report to Class “A” technical school in Meridian, Miss., where they receive formal Navy training at for 5 weeks. Here, they develop a familiarization with forms and procedures of personnel administration in preparation for their first assignment.
Promotion opportunities are regularly available but competitive and based on performance. It’s also important to note that specialized training received and work experience gained in the course of service can lead to valuable credentialing and occupational opportunities in related fields.
Most of what you do in the Navy Reserve is considered training. The basic Navy Reserve commitment involves training a minimum of one weekend a month (referred to as drilling) and two weeks a year (referred to as Annual Training) – or the equivalent of that.
Personnel Specialists in the Navy Reserve serve in an Enlisted role. Before receiving the ongoing professional training that comes with the job, initial training requirements must be met.
For current or former military Enlisted servicemembers: Prior experience satisfies the initial Recruit Training requirement – so you will not need to go through Boot Camp again.
For those without prior military experience: You will need to meet the initial Recruit Training requirement by attending Boot Camp for seven to nine weeks in Great Lakes, Ill. This training course will prepare you for service in the Navy Reserve and count as your first Annual Training.
Beyond offering access to professional credentials and certifications, Navy experience and training in the field of human resources can translate to credit hours toward a bachelor’s or associate degree through the American Council on Education. You may also continue your education through opportunities like the following:
A high-school diploma or equivalent is required to become an Enlisted Sailor in the human resources field in the Navy. Those seeking a human resources position must be U.S. citizens, should be people-oriented and should enjoy providing customer service. They should also be good at record keeping and be able to do detailed work. Helpful skills include writing, typewriting, arithmetic and good memory.
General qualifications may vary depending upon whether you’re currently serving, whether you’ve served before or whether you’ve never served before.