Take your business know-how one step further Business Management

In America’s Navy, a business management position will have you ensuring that Sailors have the materials and equipment they depend on to do their jobs. So if you’re process-oriented and know how to leverage money to its best use, consider the Navy Reserve to enhance your business management career.

Job Description

Are you into tracking sales and replenishing inventory? Even without a college degree, when you hold a business management position in America’s Navy, you’ll use your business acumen to make sure that equipment and materials needed by Sailors are available and in good working order.

During your part-time service close to your home, the business skills you put to work may include:

  • Basic computer knowledge such as word processing, spreadsheet and database software to produce and record information
  • Fundamental principles of retail and marketing
  • The development and implementation of various business strategies
  • The ability to visualize and solve complicated problems, and make accurate and informed decisions
  • Excellent oral, written and nonverbal communication skills
  • The ability to motivate and lead people to accomplish goals and objectives

Whatever your specialty, your duties will be carried out during your scheduled drilling and training periods. Take a moment to learn more about the general roles and responsibilities of Reservists. And know this: The impact of your work and your service will go far beyond the time that you put in.

Specific Responsibilities

In the Navy, business management means tracking, providing and requisitioning materials that are critical to mission success. Ensuring that pilots have their flight gear, ships have their supplies and divers have their masks. Truly, getting things from point A to point B takes on new significance. As a Reservist, you can take on a vast array of roles and responsibilities.

Jobs in this field include:

  • Personnel specialist
  • Ship’s serviceman
  • Storekeeper

As part of this occupational specialty, you could:

  • Prepare inventory reports and correspondence
  • Order, receive and issue spare parts, clothing and general supplies
  • Manage/operate retail and service activities
  • Use computers to track and maintain inventory and to track retail and service activities
  • Operate office equipment and cash registers
  • Keep fiscal records


Most of what you do in the Navy Reserve is considered training. The basic Navy Reserve commitment involves training a minimum of one weekend a month (referred to as drilling) and two weeks a year (referred to as Annual Training) – or the equivalent of that.

Individuals in business management serve in an Enlisted role. Before receiving the ongoing professional training that comes with the job, initial training requirements must be met.

For current or former military Enlisted servicemembers: Prior experience satisfies the initial Recruit Training requirement – so you will not need to go through Boot Camp again.

For those without prior military experience: You will need to meet the initial Recruit Training requirement by attending Boot Camp for seven to nine weeks in Great Lakes, IL. This training course will prepare you for service in the Navy Reserve and count as your first Annual Training.

Career Advantages

The outstanding technical skills, training and development you’ll receive in the Navy Business Management community are directly transferable to your civilian career success. You’ll sharpen your shop management skills and brush up on the fundamental principles of retail and marketing through on-the-job training and formal Navy schooling.

Your training may also prepare you for a future or enhance your current career as any of the following:

  • Entrepreneur
  • Business manager
  • Bookkeeper
  • Accountant
  • Stock/shipping clerk
  • Supply and logistics specialist
  • Purchasing agent

Advanced technical and operational training is available in this field during later stages of career development. What’s more, some of your training may count as credit hours toward an associate or bachelor’s degree. And you could potentially get full tuition for college – plus money for books and living expenses – through the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

Your specialized training in the Navy Reserve could prepare you for credentialing, certification and/or licensure opportunities from a number of national boards and organizations. Allowing you to become even more competitive in your challenging field.

And the more tangible benefits? Competitive pay. Points earned toward retirement benefits. Outstanding insurance options. And much more. Read about the benefits of serving in the Navy Reserve.


General qualifications may vary depending upon whether you’re currently serving, whether you’ve served before or whether you’ve never served before.

Note that no college degree is required to join the Navy Business Management community (minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent is required). For Reservists, prior business experience is valuable but not necessary. You’ll receive all the training and education you need from the Navy.

If you have a bachelor’s or advanced degree, you may also be interested in a career as a Supply Corps Officer.

More Information

Want to explore further? Learn what you need to know about joining the Navy Reserve. Find us on Facebook to interact with actual Navy Reservists. Or, if you need more information, contact a Navy Reserve Recruiter.

Consider Your Service Options.

There are different ways that you can commit to serve in America’s Navy. Besides part-time opportunities in the Navy Reserve, full-time Active Duty positions are also available in this career area.