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Military Specialist Critical Developmental Activities -
Entry-Level, GS 5/7/9


To Strengthen General Competencies
  • Actively participate on a team.
  • Volunteer to participate in a high-visibility project.
  • Learn about the agency where you work.
  • Learn new technologies (e.g., through self-study, seminars).
  • Study technical writing as it applies to your work role.
  • Attend technical conferences, meetings, or seminars.
  • Join an industry or professional association.
  • Read technical publications to keep up-to-date on new development in your field (e.g., books, professional newsletters, trade journals).
  • Conduct briefings.
  • Build an informal network of peers through which you can exchange ideas and discuss issues relevant to technical advances in your field.
  • Learn from others on the job (e.g., obtain on-the-job training, ask others for guidance).
  • Find a mentor for technical and/or career guidance.
  • Study lessons learned from reviews of failed and successful projects.
  • Gain an understanding of basic position management and classification.
  • Gain an understanding of job analysis.
  • Gain a basic understanding of the agency budgeting process.
To Strengthen Technical Competencies
  • Study and learn Military Occupational Specialty designations.
  • Read and interpret Title 10 in order to advise and recommend on an HR military program.
  • Develop written and oral communication skills in accordance with relevant military correspondence manuals.
  • Study and learn military personnel programs (e.g., assignments, retirements, training, etc.).
  • Attend military personnel training courses.
  • Attend leadership courses.
  • Learn about military benefits (e.g., health, life, retirement, etc.) and the eligibility requirements for each.
  • Assist in the development of a formal training program.
  • Participate in recruitment events.
  • Review HR data and reports for accuracy and make necessary edits.
  • Become familiar with Joint Travel Regulations (JTR).
  • Become knowledgeable in FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) and the Privacy Act.
  • Become proficient at routine personnel administrative activities.
  • Become familiar with the contents of the OMPF (Official Military Personnel Folder).
  • Gain an understanding of how the strength management process works.
  • Assist in the presentation of HR program guidance.
  • Develop knowledge of management theories, principles, and practices.
  • Learn military hierarchical structure and terminology.
  • Learn how to interact with high-ranking officials.
  • Develop customer service skills.

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