How to Get a Desk Job in the Army


Many job opportunities are available in the Army in addition to combat, including desk jobs for the purpose of performing administrative tasks. These tasks may include preparing official reports, keeping personnel records current, accounting, inventory control, filing and the like. If you want to be a part of the Army and work in a field you enjoy, there are some facts you need to first be aware of to meet your goal.

Things You'll Need

  • Skills and experience in administrative-related tasks
  • Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery
  • Signed contract of enlistment
  • Basic training
  • Request for transfer, if applicable
  • Make sure that you have strong skills that will be beneficial to a desk job in the Army. You should be able to type, organize, understand how to use a myriad office equipment, do accounting and bookkeeping, and have excellent computer skills. You may want to consider taking business administration courses at a community college to develop your skills before enlisting. If you have had experience working in an administrative job before enlisting in the Army, this may gave you an advantage for getting the kind of position you want.

  • Talk to your recruiter, before enlisting, about your desire to have an administrative or desk job. He is likely to recommend that you take the required test that determines what your military occupational specialty should be. The higher you score in the areas pertinent to your desired field, the greater chance you have of being placed in an administrative-related training program, and eventually being placed in a position. You can request to take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery before you make a commitment to find out if you score high enough to get into the specialty area you prefer.

  • Sign a contract for enlistment. Make sure that you understand the terms, such as the minimum number of years required for active duty service. This is typically four years for a first-time enlistment and commits you to meeting the terms and conditions written within the contract.

  • Complete basic training successfully. No matter what specialty area you are assigned to, you must first go through basic training. This is to ensure that you are physically fit and know the basics of soldiering. Even if you end up with a desk job, you may someday be put in circumstances that require you to perform combat duties, so adequate preparation is necessary. Once basic training is over, you should be able to start training in your specialty area.

  • Request a transfer to a desk job through your company commander if you are already in the Army, but are working in another specialty. You will have to offer a good reason for making this request, as well as provide proof that you have the needed skills.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make sure that you can follow direct orders, have good communication skills and are able to pay close attention to detail, as these are important skills needed in desk jobs.

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