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Translating Military Experience

 It can be challenging interpreting military experience but several resources can be used to assist in translating military experience into civilian experience. Below you will find resources that can help in understanding military experience and position titles.

The Department of Defense (DOD) Transition Assistance Program 

Screenshot of Military Fileds and Civilian Equivalents


Common Military to Civilian Translations

Military Translation Civilian Translation
NCOIC, Watch Captain, Petty Officer of the Watch Supervisor, Manager, Coordinator
Commander, Chief Division Head, Director, Senior Manager
Executive Officer (XO) Deputy Director, Assistant Manager
Action Officer (AO) Analyst (or Senior Analyst if applicable)
TDY/TAD Business travel
PCS Relocation
OER/NCOER Performance Appraisal
MOS/MOC Career Field
Commanded Supervised, Directed
Battalion, Unit, Platoon Organization, Agency, Department
Mission Responsibility, Task, Objective, Job
Combat/War Hazardous Conditions, Conflict
Headquarters Headquarters, Co-workers Colleagues, Personnel, Individuals 
Security Clearance, Military Personnel Office (MILPO) Personnel Action Center (PAC) Security Clearance, Personnel Office
Regulations Guidance, Policy, Instructions
Reconnaissance Data Collection, Survey, Analysis
TDA/MTOE Organizational Structure, Material resources, Manpower
Senior NCOs First-Line Supervisor
Sergeant Major Senior Advisor
First Sergeant Personnel Supervisor
Squad Leader Team Leader/Team Chief
Supply Sergeant Supply Manager/Logistics Manager
Operations NCO, Platoon Sergeant Operations Supervisor, Supervisor/Instructor/Trainer


Military Crosswalk Search

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