Understanding Military Skillsets and an MOS: Part II


What's an MOS?

One of the biggest challenges for transitioning military entering the workforce is translating their military occupational specialty – or MOS – into terms that a civilian can understand.

What’s an MOS? It’s the role or job someone had while in the military. There are over 10,000 different occupational specialties across the military that cover a whole range of skillsets and levels of responsibility.

Perhaps the best way to think of an MOS is the same way you would think about someone’s college major. In some cases they are indicative of a skillset, while other times they are more general – like a Liberal Arts degree.

While some service members work in occupations specific to the military, many work in occupations that also exist in the civilian workplace, such as administration, maintenance, information technology, logistics, healthcare, etc.

To learn more about military skillsets, download our e-book, Understanding Military Skillsets and How they Apply to Business.

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