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Civilian-to-Military Occupation Translator

Learn more about the Civilian-to-Military Occupation Translator.

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What does this tool do?

Employers can use the Civilian-to-Military Occupation Translator to identify which military occupations (including Military Occupation Specialty, or MOS and MOC codes) best match their civilian job openings on the basis of education, training, skills, and experience. This can support the search for qualified veterans to fill civilian job openings, as the tool translates civilian position requirements into the duties of many specialized military occupations in each branch of the armed forces.

How do I get started?

Enter the civilian job title or occupation you are seeking to match to military experience. Your results will list military job titles and military specialty codes that are a good match for your hiring needs. A search for the term “Electrician,” for example, returns a list of 17 military occupation titles and 17 unique military occupation codes, each closely related to a civilian Electrician occupation.

You can further refine this list by military branch via the filter in the left column.If you obtain zero results, try using a different search term.

To identify civilian occupations that match to specific military occupations visit CareerOneStop’s Military to Civilian Occupation Translator. This tool works in the opposite direction, and enables veterans, service members and others to enter a specific military code or occupation title and identify closely-related civilian occupations.

What can I do with the results?

You can download and save the results of any search to a Microsoft Word, Excel, Rich Text Format (RTF) or .PDF file using the "Download" button at the bottom of your results. You can print or email your results by using the controls in the header at top right.

Where does this information come from?

The data used to match civilian to military occupations is developed and maintained by the Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC), U.S. Department of Defense. Military occupation crosswalk information is also supplemented by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Information Network (O*NET).

Who can I contact for help?

Please contact the CareerOneStop Service Center at info@careeronestop.org.

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