Civilian Skills Critical to Military Strength
While you may not work in uniform, your contributions as part of
the U.S. Army Civilian Corps are just as vital as those who do. As an
Army civilian, the talent and experience you add to the team improves the readiness of our force.
- Provide mission-essential support
- Work alongside Soldiers in uniform
- Hone your talent as a professional
Hundreds of Civilian Careers Available
Since 1776, the Army has employed civilians to work alongside
Soldiers in uniform, filling critical support roles in more than 500
With more than 330,000 employees, Army Civilian Corps is one of
the largest, busiest, and most successful organizations within the
Department of Defense.
A Broad Range of Roles
You might need a specific skillset for some Army civilian careers,
while others call for a wider range of skills. In-demand jobs include:
- Management & Administration
- Finance & Budget
- Cybersecurity & IT
- Medical & Dental
- Education & Information Sciences
- Security & Intelligence
- STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics)
Student Work Programs
Whether you’re in high school, college, or graduate school, the
Army civilian careers student work programs can give you the
experience and training you need to advance your career.
Accommodations for Those with Disabilities
Legally disabled individuals who can still perform essential job
duties may qualify for Army civilian careers based on a special
Common Questions About Army Civilians
Do Army civilians have a service commitment?
In most cases, unless you are eligible for and accept a monetary recruitment bonus, relocation bonus, or another similar incentive, you will not be required to commit to a specific number of years of service.
Do you have to pass a physical fitness test to work as an Army civilian?
No, Army civilians are not required to pass a physical fitness test in order to serve.
Do you have to be military to work on base?
Most bases don’t allow government or civilian employees to live on base, mostly due to the number of active-duty members who have priority. However, when bases aren’t able to fill their housing, they may make vacant housing available to certain government employees.
What benefits do Army civilians receive?
You can expect a competitive salary and benefits package designed to offer you a comfortable and secure work-life balance. These benefits include: paid holidays, sick leave, and vacation time; various health and life insurance options; retirement program with matching employer contribution; bonuses, awards, and other incentives for job performance.
If I was previously in the military, can I apply for civilian jobs in the Army?
Yes. As a veteran, you might get preference in hiring over non-veteran applicants. While veterans' preference does not necessarily guarantee you'll be hired, it does help your resume stand out among other applicants.