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Taking care of business.

Usually working in an office setting with both military and civilian personnel, admin specialists are professional Soldiers. Ensuring the proper handling of personnel matters for Soldiers throughout the entire Guard, administration specialists make sure Soldiers are taken care of from pay to legal issues to processing personal data.

  • 27D Paralegal Specialist

    OVERVIEW
    The paralegal specialist provides legal/administrative support in areas of criminal law, family law, international law, contract law and fiscal law. They assist judges, Army lawyers and unit commanders with legal matters and judicial work.

    JOB DUTIES

    • Provide paralegal support to unit commanders and the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate
    • Provide legal documents in courts-martial, nonjudicial punishments and other military justice matters
    • Prepare line of duty determinations, separation board proceedings and other administrative law matters
    • Assistance in the family law arena, such as powers of attorney, wills and separation decrees


    TRAINING
    Ten weeks of Basic Combat Training and 10 weeks of Advanced Individual Training with on-the-job instruction.

    Advanced Individual Training: 10 weeks, 3 days at Fort Lee, VA

    Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

    • Legal terminology and research techniques 
    • Preparation of legal documents
    • Army judicial process
    • Interviewing witnesses


    HELPFUL SKILLS

    • Ability to supervise those in a command
    • Provide technical guidance to subordinates
    • Maintain law/administrative library
    • Monitor and review actions for accuracy


    REQUIRED ASVAB SCORE(S)
    Clerical (CL): 105

    WARRANT OFFICER TRACK
    270A Legal Administrator

    FUTURE CIVILIAN CAREERS
    The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career as a legal assistant or a court clerk.


  • 36B Financial Management Technician

    OVERVIEW
    The financial management technician is responsible for financial management duties such as budgeting, disbursing and accounting for government funds. They make sure vendors are paid, budgets are balanced and financial matters are met so the Army keeps running.

    JOB DUTIES

    • Receive and post documents to accounting/budget systems
    • Process treasury checks for payment and pay for invoices
    • Maintain files and prepare financial reports/travel vouchers
    • Review contracts and invoices, and receive reports


    TRAINING
    Ten weeks of Basic Combat Training and eight weeks of Advanced Individual Training with on-the-job instruction for accounting techniques.

    Advanced Individual Training: 8 weeks, 3 days at Fort Jackson, SC

    Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

    • Accounting principles and procedures 
    • Maintenance of financial reports and budgets
    • Analyzing financial data
    • Computation of pay and deductions


    HELPFUL SKILLS

    • Interest in mathematics, statistics and accounting
    • Ability to work with numbers
    • Capable of using computers and other office machines


    REQUIRED ASVAB SCORE(S)
    Clerical (CL): 101

    FUTURE CIVILIAN CAREERS
    The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career in any field you choose, especially as a bookkeeper or an accountant.


  • 42A Human Resources Specialist

    OVERVIEW
    A human resources specialist is responsible for providing support that affects Soldiers’ overall welfare and well-being, while assisting leaders with keeping Soldiers combat-ready and effective.

    JOB DUTIES

    • Assist on all human resource support matters
    • Oversee all strength management and strength distribution actions
    • Be responsible for the readiness, health and welfare of all Soldiers 
    • Provide postal and personnel accountability support
    • Maintain emergency notification data


    TRAINING
    Ten weeks of Basic Combat Training and eight weeks of Advanced Individual Training with on-the-job instructions on human resource systems. Part of this time is spent in the classroom, and part in the field.

    Advanced Individual Training: 8 weeks, 5 days at Fort Jackson, SC

    Additional training opportunities will be available based on the type of unit you are assigned to, including (but not limited to) postal operations, Airborne or Air Assault school.

    HELPFUL SKILLS

    • Aptitude for English and business administration
    • Able to follow detailed orders
    • Sound people skills


    REQUIRED ASVAB SCORE(S)
    Clerical (CL): 90

    WARRANT OFFICER TRACK
    420A Human Resources Technician

    FUTURE CIVILIAN CAREERS
    Companies need experienced human resources professionals with knowledge of human relations, payroll, records-keeping and other facets of employment. The skills acquired in the Army will be invaluable in continuing a human resources career after your Army service is complete.


  • 46Q Public Affairs Specialist Journalist

    OVERVIEW
    The Army public affairs specialist participates in and assists with the supervision and administration of Army public affairs programs primarily through news releases, newspaper articles, Web-based material and photographs for use in military and civilian news media. 

    JOB DUTIES

    • Research, prepare and disseminate news releases, articles, Web-based material and photographs on Army personnel and activities
    • Gather information for military news programs and publications within your unit and around the Army
    • Develop ideas for news articles
    • Arrange and conduct interviews
    • Write news releases, feature articles and editorials
    • Conduct media training


    TRAINING
    Job training for a public affairs specialist requires 11 weeks of Basic Combat Training and 12 weeks of Advanced Individual Training with on-the-job instruction.

    Advanced Individual Training: 11 weeks at Fort Meade, MD

    Part of this time is spent in the classroom, and part in the field, including learning hands-on how to write news stories, operate a camera and edit newspapers and photographs. You’ll also put together a real newspaper contributing stories and photographs.

    Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

    • News, feature and sports writing and research
    • Newspaper design and production
    • Interviewing techniques
    • Photojournalism (photography journalism)
    • Public speaking
    • Media relations


    HELPFUL SKILLS

    • Interest in English, journalism, communications, computers and photography
    • Ability to speak clearly in front of an audience
    • Detail-oriented
    • Enjoy researching facts and issues for news stories
    • Can write clearly and concisely


    REQUIRED ASVAB SCORE(S)
    General Technical (GT): 107

    FUTURE CIVILIAN CAREERS
    The skills you learn will help prepare you for a future with newspaper, magazines, wire services, public relations firms, and radio and television stations. You’ll be qualified to pursue a career as a staff writer, editor or correspondent.


  • 46R Public Affairs Broadcast Journalist

    OVERVIEW
    Army public affairs broadcast specialists are involved in creating, filming, reporting, hosting and editing news and entertainment radio and television programs. They are primarily responsible for participating in and supervising the operation of audio or video news for Army units or Armed Forces Radio and Television Service.

    JOB DUTIES

    • Research, prepare and disseminate information through news releases, radio and television products
    • Perform as writer, reporter, editor, videographer, producer and program host in radio and television productions
    • Maintain assigned equipment, vehicles and generators


    TRAINING
    Ten weeks of Basic Combat Training and 12 weeks of Advanced Individual Training with on-the-job instruction.

    Part of this time is spent in the classroom, and part in the field, where you’ll learn hands-on how to operate a video camera and program a 30-minute disc jockey show. You’ll also participate in a live-to-tape television newscast where you’ll work as anchor, control room operator, director and cameraperson.

    Advanced Individual Training: 12 weeks, 2 days at Fort Meade, MD

    Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

    • Videography and video editing
    • Voice skills for anchoring television news and performing as a disc jockey
    • Writing news, feature and sports copy for radio and television
    • Radio and television programming and production
    • Public speaking
    • Media relations


    HELPFUL SKILLS

    • Interest in English, journalism, communications, computers and photography
    • Ability to speak clearly in front of an audience
    • Detail-oriented
    • Enjoy researching facts and issues for news stories
    • Can write clearly and concisely


    REQUIRED ASVAB SCORE(S)

    General Technical (GT): 107

    FUTURE CIVILIAN CAREERS
    The skills you learn will help prepare you for a future with wire services, radio and television stations, and other visual information opportunities. You’ll be qualified to pursue a career as a newscaster, disc jockey, writer, director, producer, editor or correspondent.


  • 36 Financial Manager Officer

    OVERVIEW
    The financial manager is in charge of the Army’s Finance Corps, which is responsible for sustaining missions through purchases of services and supplies.

    JOB DUTIES

    • Command financial operations and combined Armed Forces during combat/peacetime
    • Coordinate employment of finance Soldiers at all levels of command
    • In charge of Army pay, commercial vendor support, disbursement of public funds, auditing, travel allowances, accounting, financial management information systems and banking


    TRAINING
    Job training for a financial manager requires completion of the Finance Officer Basic Course, where you will learn all aspects of systems and practices used in a finance platoon. Part of this time is spent in the classroom, and part in the field.

    HELPFUL SKILLS

    • Self-discipline, confidence and intelligence
    • Physical and mental fitness to perform under pressure
    • Ability to make quick decisions
    • Capable of bearing numerous responsibilities

              
    FUTURE CIVILAN CAREERS
    The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career in fields such as business management. Being an officer in the Army is closely related to holding a managerial position in a corporation.


  • 46 Public Affairs Officer

    OVERVIEW
    The public affairs officer acts as a liaison between the Army and civilian authorities and populations.

    The public affairs officer combines regional expertise, language competency, political-military awareness, cross-cultural communication and professional military skills to conduct public affairs operations and support civil-military operations in support of conventional and special operations forces. 

    JOB DUTIES

    • Command and control operations and combined Armed Forces during combat and peacetime
    • Coordinate employment of public affairs Soldiers at all levels of command in U.S. and multinational operations


    TRAINING
    Job training for a public affairs officer requires completion of a Public Affairs Officer Qualification Course, where you’ll learn about leader responsibilities, mission types, CA tactics and other critical information that leads to success in the first unit of assignment.

    Training will also include classroom instruction combined with scenario-based practical exercises and a command-post exercise. Qualification is completed with a situational-driven field training exercise.

    Select officers will also receive language training and attend a course of study focusing on a specific geographic region.

    HELPFUL SKILLS

    • Self-discipline
    • Physical fitness
    • Ability to perform under physical and mental pressures
    • Ability to make decisions quickly and on your own

    FUTURE CIVILAN CAREERS
    The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career with the U.S. State Department, relief organizations, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Homeland Defense and public administration.

    You’ll also be qualified to pursue a career as a senior executive, public administrator, project manager or research analyst.


  • 270A Legal Administrator

    DUTIES

    • Oversee a complete range of legal services to the assigned military community.
    • Provide technical advice and assistance to military and government attorneys and judges, commanders and staff, and enlisted and civilian legal support personnel in all areas of legal administration.
    • Act as adjutant or assistant adjutant in legal support organizations.
    • Coordinate with counterparts from sister services, other agencies and allied military services with the goal of building the best industrywide legal practices.
    • Have substantial knowledge, formal military education and experience in management of military operational law and procedure.
    • Act as legal operations specialist at a headquarters, carrying out general court-martial jurisdiction or major commands.
    • Act as internal control officer for military justice, ensuring that all orders, legal records and processes are in compliance with legal mandates.
    • Act as chief operations officer of Guard legal offices, providing management of business processes and strategic planning.
    • Supervise subordinate personnel, resources, facilities and equipment required to support legal services provided at various organizational levels and across the range of military operations.
    • Act as a link between lawyers and staff, officers and enlisted personnel, and military and civilian employees.
    • Be highly motivated; possess tact, initiative and mature judgment.
    • Be a leader, mentor and technical expert who can easily transition from garrison to field operation environments.
    • Be a visionary leader in the continuing transformation of the Judge Advocate General's Corps.
    • Review and provide technical oversight and support for:
      • Military justice functions
      • Expert witness procurement
      • Court-martial orders
      • Records of trial preparation
      • Processing times
    • Coordinate attorney contracts in accordance with Army Regulation (AR) 27-50 in overseas environments.
    • Review and authenticate military justice and administrative legal documents.
    • Manage the overall military and civilian paralegal and administrative functions of Guard core legal disciplines (administrative law, civil law, claims, international law, legal assistance and military justice) and operational law. Ensure legal and administrative documents and processes comply with procedural rules. Formulate, recommend and execute administrative policy for the staff judge advocate (SJA).


    Technology Manager

    • Manages the staff judge advocate (SJA) information management functions and equipment.
    • Directs the training of personnel and use of Command, Control, Communication and Computers (C4) equipment in legal operations.
    • Plans, coordinates, provides, secures, operates and maintains C4 in home station and field environments.
    • Locally manages the Judge Advocate Warfighting System and ensures integration into Future Combat Systems.
    • Ensures the confidentiality of attorney work-product and attorney-client-privileged information on automated information systems.


    Resource Manager

    • Develops plans, programs and fiscal requirements; executes program budget guidance; authenticates funding obligations; monitors expenditures, manpower utilization and resourcing; and manages the Internal Controls Program.
    • Manages training and temporary duty (TDY) mission, court witnesses and expert travel programs.
    • Ensures that legal staff is prepared, manned, equipped and funded for military operations.


    Human Resource Manager

    • Creates and changes job descriptions; manages pay, time and attendance issues; manages training, awards and discipline issues.
    • Oversees and reviews ratings of military and civilian personnel, ensuring timely and accurate reports to the Judge Advocate General's Corps (JAGC).
    • Point of contact (POC) for force management at the local level.
    • Coordinates Active and Reserve Component combined operations or training.
    • Analyzes legal operations and recommends methods of improving operation and delivery of total legal services, manpower utilization, and execution of fiscal authority to the staff judge advocate. Seeks feedback from client base for analysis. Promotes the use of legal services and represents the JAGC in the community.


    Army Law Libraries Manager and/or Accountable Officer (AR 27-1) (hard copy and/or electronic)

    • JAGC POC to Army Law Library Service.
    • Trains legal staff in the use of automated legal research materials and ensures legal research capability in remote and tactical environments; monitors research accounts for effective use of resources.
    • Provides procedural guidance and technical assistance and training to military judges, attorneys, commanders and staff, legal support staff, and subordinate elements.
    • Legal office/operations historian.
    • Reports operational experiences to the Legal Center and School and command historians.
    • Serves as office protocol officer with responsibilities for awards ceremonies, promotions and visiting dignitaries from the legal community.
    • Recorders on administrative boards in National Guard and Reserve organizations.


    MINIMUM PREREQUISITES
    Military Education:
    Successful completion of the Army Legal Administrator Pre-Appointment Correspondence Course. For enrollment information, contact: The Judge Advocate General's School, U.S. Army (JAGS-ADN-C), 600 Massie Rd., Charlottesville, VA 22903-1781 (434) 971-3308 or DSN 521-3308 or visit https://tjaglcspublic.army.mil/.

    Civilian Education:
    Possess a civilian education level of 14 years (two years of college) or higher. Applicant must have completed at least six credit hours of college-level English. Successful completion of the English College Level Examination Program (CLEP) is the only substitute for the English requirement.

    Military Experience:
    Must be in the grade of sergeant (E-5) or above and have served in Primary Military Occupational Specialty (PMOS) 27D for at least five years.

    GT Score:
    Applicants must have a General Technical (GT) aptitude area score of 110 or higher.

    Staff Judge Advocate Interview:
    Each applicant will be personally interviewed by the command SJA. The SJA will candidly evaluate and report on the applicant's:

    • Management potential
    • Motivation
    • Military bearing
    • Sincerity
    • General physical appearance and condition
    • Oral communicative skills
    • Any other matters considered appropriate

    The report will conclude with an evaluation of the applicant's ability and potential for assuming legal administrator duties in a staff judge advocate office. Additionally, if the applicant has requested a waiver, the SJA will comment on whether or not they support the request.

    Legal Administrator Interview:
    The current legal administrator (LA) will interview each applicant. The LA will candidly evaluate and report on the applicant's knowledge of law office administration, including but not limited to:

    • Budget administration
    • Security management
    • Information management
    • Manpower management
    • Automation management/systems

    The report will conclude with an evaluation of the applicant's ability and potential for assuming LA duties in a staff judge advocate office.

    If the applicant does not serve with an LA or has performed duty in the current position for a short period of time (normally less than three months), the LA evaluation is not required. In those cases, the SJA/JA evaluation will include areas normally covered in the LA's evaluation.

    Chief Paralegal Interview:
    Each applicant will be interviewed by their chief paralegal noncommissioned officer (NCO). The chief paralegal NCO will candidly evaluate and report on the applicant’s:

    • Leadership ability
    • Paralegal experience
    • Army Values
    • Work ethic

    The report will conclude with an evaluation of the applicant’s ability and potential for assuming LA duties in an SJA office.

    Each report will be forwarded separately to: HQDA, Office of the Judge Advocate General, ATTN: DAJA-PTW, 1777 N. Kent St., Suite 10001 Rosslyn, VA 22209-2194

    NOTE: Contents of interview reports will not be disclosed to the applicant, except as authorized by law.

    NOTE: Army National Guard programs and benefits are subject to change. Your local warrant officer recruiter has the most up-to-date information about job availability and bonuses in your state.

  • 420A Human Resources Technician

    DUTIES

    • Manages functions which support the Guard's Human Resource (HR)/Personnel Management systems
    • Performs duties as Chief of a Section in Technical Field Operations Section or in the HR Platoon of an HR Company
    • Serves as the HR Technician of a Brigade Combat Team (BCT) or at any Brigade (BDE)/Group level in the Army structure
    • Monitors input to the Military Personnel Offices and other automated/manual data systems used in human resources/personnel management
    • Makes decisions based on a variety of information sources, personnel and command requirements
    • Initiates and prepares correspondence or messages to other organizations (both military and civilian) and individuals, in response to requests for information, policy or guidance
    • Oversees and monitors:
    •     Strength management
    •     Postal operations
    •     Replacements operations
    •     Casualty operations
    •     Data accuracy
    •     Levy and award actions for the Combatant Commanders Office computer activities (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint) supporting personnel activity Interprets regulations, Military Personnel (MILPER) messages and All Army activities (ALARACT) messages
    • Counsels individuals on personal and Family member affairs, financial matters and career considerations
    • Supervises large numbers of military and civilian personnel engaged in administrative-related or specialized personnel duties
    • Manages the integration of automated personnel systems into the information management work center
    • Oversees issuance of all types of orders and processing
    • Oversees customer services, including:
    •     Management of the personnel services center appointment systems
    •     Management of the Soldier suspense program
    •     Management of the identification card system, including updates to the Defense Eligibility and Enrollment Reporting System/ Random Access Personnel Information System (DEERS/RAPIDS) database


    MINIMUM PREREQUISITES

    • Grade: Sergeant or above - E-5 applicant's packets must meet the prerequisites shown below. Advanced Leaders Course/Basic Noncommissioned Officers Course (ALC/BNCOC), evaluation and experience requirements will not automatically be waived due to an E-5's recent DOR.
    • MOS: Applicants must have a Primary MOS (PMOS) of 42A/F/L. All applicants for NG Recruiter (79T/V) positions must have secondary or additional MOS and Noncommissioned Officer Evaluation Report (NCOER) experience in the 42 series MOS.
    • Note: Applicants must have one of the above feeder MOSs. Applicants who can show Army Human Resource (HR) experience without award of the required feeder MOS must submit strong unit justification as to why applicant has not or cannot be awarded feeder MOS.
    • Full-time Unit Technicians (GS/AGR) - Consideration will be given to applicants with at least five years of outstanding documented and evaluated Human Resource experience. Copies of evaluations documenting HR experience must be submitted.
    • Military Education: Applicants, at a minimum, must be a 42A ALC/BNCOC graduate.
    • Civilian Education: 30 semester hours of college with a minimum of six (6) semester hours of college-level English included from an accredited academic institution. Speech and public speaking courses are not considered as meeting this requirement even if administered by the English department of an institution. Successful completion of the CLEP general examination in English or an undergraduate degree is the only acceptable alternative. Transcripts comprised of only military training credit are not acceptable. Applicants must obtain credit from an accredited college. The Department of Education maintains a database of accredited postsecondary education institutions and programs at http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/.
    • Experience: Possess a minimum of three (3) years HR operational experience, of which 18 months specifies leadership experience supervising Soldiers, in Human Resource operations that is documented on NCOERs.
    • Evaluations: Submit no less than three (3) NCOERs that reflect outstanding duty performance ratings in HR operations. Outstanding duty performance is considered as exceeding the standard (Excellence) and is rated by the rater (Part V.a) as 'Among the Best' with exceptionally strong remarks by the Senior Rater - not merely fully capable performance.
    • Substitution of Experience: Practical experience acquired from military/civilian positions may be substituted provided the experience is documented by employee evaluations and determined to be equivalent to military experience. A portion of practical experience requirement may be waived for applicants who have a degree in Human Resource Management or Business Administration from an accredited academic institution. Credit can be granted as follows: A bachelor's degree may offset up to one year of practical experience. A master's degree may offset up to two years of practical experience. Applicant's grade point average (GPA) must be at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale to qualify for experience substitution and must be indicated on school transcript.
    • APFT: A request for APFT (three-event) waiver must be submitted when applicant performs less than all three (3) PT events. Copy of a current DA Form 5500 must also be submitted when applicant does not meet weight requirements.


    NOTE: In addition to above prerequisites, the following experience will add overall strength to applicant's packet: Letter(s) of recommendation from a Senior Human Resource Technician, or AG Field Grade officer.

    PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

    • Have six hours of documented computer training as evidenced on official transcripts or training certificate


    NOTE: A letter from a senior Human Resource Technician is not required. If a letter from an HR Warrant Officer (CW3-CW5) is included, it will add weight to the overall strength of the packet.

    NOTE: Army National Guard programs and benefits are subject to change. Your local warrant officer recruiter has the most up-to-date information about job availability and bonuses in your state.

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