Military Recruiters

Military recruiters, sometimes known as recruiting specialists, provide information regarding service, training, and career opportunities to people interested in joining a branch of the military. They represent the military at job fairs and career programs, and with community and school groups. Their duties include interviewing, screening, testing, and counseling possible candidates. Recruiting managers direct recruiters, plan recruiting programs, and prepare reports for commanders that detail the progress of their recruiting programs. Opportunities are available in all five military branches. More than 1.3 million active duty personnel served in the armed forces as of May 2015 with 487,037 in the Army; 322,928 in the Navy; 307,845 in the Air Force; 183,787 in the Marine Corps; and 39,452 in the Coast Guard.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Recruiting Managers, Recruiting Specialists
Duties Encourage people to join the military; interview, screen, test, and counsel possible candidates
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Government
  • Psychology
  • Speech
Experience Several years' military experience required
Personality Traits
  • Enterprising
  • Outgoing
  • Realistic
  • Interpersonal
  • Leadership
  • Organizational
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Recruiting Manager or Recruiter in the Private Sector
  • Military Recruiter
  • Enlisted Personnel