Army Reserve
Civil Affairs Specialist speaking to villagers

Civil Affairs Specialist (38B)

  • Enlisted
  • Officer
  • Active Duty
  • Army Reserve
  • Open to Women
  • Entry Level

Overview

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.

Job Duties

  • 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

Requirements

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.

Training

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.

Helpful Skills

  • 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)

Skilled Technical (ST) : 96

Learn more about the ASVAB and see what jobs you could qualify for.

Compensation

Total compensation includes housing, medical, food, special pay, and vacation time. Learn more about total compensation.

Education Benefits

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 experience and trained Veterans to join their organization. Find out more about the Army PaYS Program at http://www.armypays.com.

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