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Mortuary Affairs Specialist Details


OVERVIEW
The mortuary affairs specialist performs duties relating to deceased personnel, including recovery, collection, evacuation and establishment of tentative identification. They also inventory, safeguard and evacuate personal effects of deceased personnel and serve as recovery specialists at the U.S. Army's Central Identification Laboratory in Hawaii.

JOB DUTIES
  • Search areas for unburied dead, unmarked graves, personal effects and identification media
  • Disinter remains, record personal effects, and evacuate remains and personal effects to designated points
  • Determine and record recovery locations on maps, sketches and overlays
  • Establish and record tentative identification
  • Inventory, safeguard and evacuate personal effects
  • Assist in preparation, preservation and shipment of remains


TRAINING
Ten weeks of Basic Combat Training and 7 weeks of Advanced Individual Training with on-the-job instructions. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field.

Advanced Individual Training: 7 weeks

REQUIRED ASVAB SCORE(S)
General Maintenance (GM): 88

FUTURE CIVILIAN CAREERS
The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career with funeral services or forensic medicine. You may also be able to take advantage of the Partnership for Youth Success program to receive preferential hiring at civilian companies.