Office and Administrative Support
People are the Navy’s top priority, so making sure that the needs of personnel are met is of great importance. Individuals in the administrative field help manage and organize the lives of more than 380,000 Sailors. This includes providing personnel record keeping, guidance about rights and benefits, career and education counseling, legal assistance, and organizing religious activities and administrative duties. Working in this field is all about assisting others and helping Sailors with their individual needs and goals. If you enjoy working as part of a team helping others, a job in this field may prove ideal.
What Will You Do?
Sailors in this field maintain personnel files for the fleet and provide individual counseling related to career-path choices and requirements for promotions, as well as provide legal and religious support, education, or even advice on personal hardships and family matters. As part of this occupational specialty, you might:
- Operate personal computers, word processors, duplicating machines, audio-recording and other office machines
- Maintain personnel, legal, and administrative records
- Write official letters, reports, and correspondence
- Provide counseling regarding career opportunities, education, requirements, rights and benefits
- Interview personnel and administer tests
- Assist enlisted Sailors and their families with special problems or personal hardships
- Provide legal administrative and clerical assistance, prepare subpoenas and powers of attorney, investigate claims, schedule courtrooms, and notify people involved
- Process appeals
- Schedule aircraft inspections
- Issue aircraft inspection and work orders
- Maintain aircraft and engine logbooks and associated records
- Support chaplains of all faiths and provide support for religious activities
- Operate and manage religious ministry facilities on shore or at sea
- Assist in the preparation of devotional and religious educational materials
Skills and Training
The administrative field offers an excellent opportunity to utilize your people skills and gain outstanding office management experience. On-the-job training and formal Navy schooling prepare you for administrative activities, such as familiarity with logs, records, reports, and computer programs. Advanced technical and operational training may be available.
Your training may also prepare you for:
- Aircraft Log Clerk
- Office Manager
- Career Counselor
- Human Resources Specialist
- Office Administrator
- Legal Secretary
- Administrative Assistant
- Church Business Administrator or Religious Facilities Manager
Earn College Credits
Most of the training in the administrative field directly translates to credit at colleges and universities. Individual instruction is available in some areas and Sailors qualified in the Navy legal field may have the opportunity to attend the Naval Justice School. Continued college education may also be available through the Navy College Program.
The skills acquired in the administrative career field will prepare you for countless careers in both the civilian sector and the Navy. You stand to benefit greatly from experience in administrative and clerical duties and office management, computer operation, legal assistance and research, log-keeping, or religious program management.