Army Civil Affairs Specialists are important to global peacekeeping operations. Established in 1955, these soldiers have five core tasks: Civil Information Management, Foreign Humanitarian Assistance, Nation Assistance, Population Resource Control and Support to Civil Administration.

Is there a clearance required?: No

Is this a combat or support MOS?: Support

Military Duties:

In the Army, the main role of civil affairs specialists is to prevent and mitigate civilian interference with military operations. Civil affairs soldiers help plan missions that may involve civilians, such as evacuations, and work with civilian aid agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and commercial and private organizations. They may also support counter-drug operations that involve civilians or non-combatants. Teams of civil affairs soldiers support both conventional and special operations forces and identify the needs of local citizens in combat or crisis situations. They also locate civil resources to support military operations, deal with any incidents or injuries to non-soldiers, help with humanitarian relief efforts and act as liaisons to civilian agencies such as the Red Cross.

Military Duties Translated:

Fielding media questions and pitching stories to the media, preparing media kits and organizing press conferences. In addition to writing press releases, they write speeches for organizational leaders, develop advertising and marketing communications material and prepare articles for corporate newsletters. Public relations managers also release information to counter negative publicity and handle crisis and emergency communications.

Some civilian jobs best suited to this type of military experience:

PR Manager