Helping servicemembers get even more from their careers Human Resources

Do for the Navy what you love doing in everyday life – helping people. Feel the great satisfaction that comes from advancing someone else’s life and career while you advance your own as a Reservist in the Human Resources community of America’s Navy.

Job Description

The Navy employs more than 380,000 Sailors – each with a promising career, numerous opportunities and plenty of questions. As one of the Navy’s Human Resources personnel, you’ll make a difference in their lives through your ability to connect intellectually and emotionally. You’re the person who can provide answers about Navy procedures, occupations, education, job training, wages and promotion opportunities.

Whatever the specifics, 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

“How can I arrange an interview for an overseas assignment?” “My wife and I are expecting our first child in six months, will we have any out-of-pocket medical expenses?” “What training do I need to become a rescue diver?” These are a few of the typical questions to which you’ll have the answers.

In addition to serving as the link between management and employees for a variety of work-related activities, you will also:

  • Provide counseling related to Navy occupations; opportunities for general education; and job training, promotion, rights and benefits
  • Interview personnel for assignment recommendations
  • Assist Enlisted Sailors and their families with special problems or personal hardships
  • Establish and maintain liaison with the Navy Personnel Command
  • Provide counseling and career guidance


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 Human Resources can serve in either Enlisted or Officer roles. Before receiving the ongoing professional training that comes with the job, initial training requirements must be met.

For current or former Enlisted military servicemembers (NAVET or OSVET): Prior experience satisfies the initial training requirement – so you will not need to go through Boot Camp again.

For Enlisted candidates 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.

For current or former Navy Officers (NAVET): Prior experience satisfies the initial training requirement – so you will not need to go through Officer Training again.

For current or former Officers of military branches other than the Navy (OSVET), as well as for Officer candidates without prior military experience: You will need to meet the initial leadership training requirement by attending the twelve-day Direct Commission Officer School (DCO) in Newport, RI. This will count as your first Annual Training.

You will receive on-the-job training and formal Navy schooling to equip you for your duties in the Navy Human Resources community.

Career Advantages

For nearly every company that exists, you can bet there’s a human resources department to support its employees. Companies and organizations list “people skills” as some of the most desirable characteristics they look for in their employees. The interpersonal skills, leadership abilities and military training you develop in this career field will prove invaluable to you in your life and career, wherever you may go.

Your training may also prepare you to be, or enhance your current career as, a(n):

  • Efficiency engineer
  • Office manager
  • Employment counselor
  • Recruiter
  • Human resources specialist

What’s more, 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 Human Resources community in an Enlisted role (minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent is required). For Officer positions, a college degree in human resources or related business field is required. Prior experience is valuable but not necessary. You’ll receive all the training and education you need from the Navy.

More Information

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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.