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38B -- Civil Affairs Specialist

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Basic Job Description

Civil Affairs Soldiers operate in teams in support of both conventional and special operations forces. Civil Affairs specialists identify critical requirements needed by local citizens in combat or crisis situations. They also locate civil resources to support military operations, mitigate non-combatant injury or incident, minimize civilian interference with military operations, facilitate humanitarian assistance activities, and establish and maintain communication with civilian aid agencies and organizations. 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.

Duties performed by Soldiers in this MOS include:

Trains and maintains proficiency in all major duties. Assists in routine coordination, conducts research, analysis and production of civil affairs related products and actions supporting functional specialty missions.

Performs coordination, conducts research, analysis and production of civil affairs related products and actions supporting functional specialty missions. 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. Establish mechanisms for emergency coordination and administration where political-economic structures have been incapacitated. Provide emergency coordination and administration where political-economic structures have been incapacitated.

Training Information

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.

ASVAB Score Required: 96 in aptitude area ST

Security Clearance: Secret

Strength Requirement: medium

Physical Profile Requirement: 222221

Other Requirements

  • Must be US Citizen
  • No record of conviction by court-martial
  • No record of conviction by a civil court for any offense other than minor traffic violations.

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