Civil Affairs Specialist (38B)
- Active Duty
- Army Reserve
- Entry Level
Civil affairs specialists identify critical requirements needed by local citizens in combat or crisis situations. Civil affairs specialists are primarily responsible for researching, coordinating, conducting and participating in the planning and production of civil affairs related documents, while enabling the civil-military operations of the supported commander.
- Help plan U.S. government interagency procedures for national or regional emergencies
- Assist with civil-military planning and support
- Coordinate military resources to support reconstitution or reconstruction activities
- Support national disaster, defense or emergency assistance and response activities
- Foster and maintain dialogue with civilian aid agencies and civilian relief and assistance organizations
Those who want to serve must first take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, a series of tests that helps you better understand your strengths and identify which Army jobs are best for you.
Job training for a civil affairs specialist begins with 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and 13 weeks of Advanced Individual Training, where you’ll learn the skills of a civil affairs specialist and be assigned to an Army Reserve civil affairs unit.
Airborne-qualified active duty noncommissioned officers can reclassify as a civil affairs sergeants after successful completion of an intensive 20-week training program that includes language, negotiations and regional training.
- Organize and analyze information
- Write clearly and concisely
- Interest in working with foreign militaries or government agencies
- Ability to learn a foreign language and adapt to a foreign culture
Required ASVAB Score(s)General Technical (GT) : 107
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Total compensation includes housing, medical, food, special pay, and vacation time. Learn more about total compensation.
Earn Cash For In Demand Jobs
You could earn up to $40,000 in cash bonuses just for enlisting under certain Military Occupational Specialties. Visit Jobs in Demand to see if this job qualifies for an enlistment bonus.
In the Army, qualified students can earn full-tuition, merit-based scholarships, allowances for books and fees, plus an annual stipend for living expenses. Learn more about education benefits.
Future Civilian Careers
The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career with educational institutions, government offices, social services and commercial businesses. You’ll also be qualified to pursue a career as a historian, caseworker, educational specialist, office manager, field representative or intelligence research specialist.
PARTNERSHIP FOR YOUTH SUCCESS (PaYS) Program
Those interested in this job may be eligible for civilian employment, after the Army, by enrolling in the Army PaYS program. The PaYS program is a recruitment option that guarantees a job interview with military friendly employers that are looking for experienced and trained Veterans to join their organization. Find out more about the Army PaYS Program at http://www.armypays.com.
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