The men and women who have sacrificed their lives for our country deserve the utmost respect. As a Mortuary Affairs Specialist in the Army National Guard, you will give fallen Soldiers the dignity, care, and respect they merit.
AGE REQUIREMENTS: Must be between the ages of 17 and 35
The Mortuary Affairs Specialist performs duties relating to the search, recovery, processing, and evacuation of the remains of deceased U.S. Armed Forces personnel. Mortuary Affairs Specialists also inventory, safeguard, and ensure the recovery and safe return of personal effects. They coordinate with non-U.S. authorities concerning disposition of enemy, allied, or civilian remains, and may serve as team members and recovery specialists at the Army's Central Identification Laboratory in Hawaii.
• 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
Through your training, you will develop the skills and experience to enjoy a civilian career in funeral services or forensic medicine.
Earn While You Learn
Instead of paying to learn these skills, get paid to train. In the Army National Guard, you will learn these valuable job skills while earning a regular paycheck and qualifying for tuition assistance.
Job training for Mortuary Affairs Specialists consists of 10 weeks of Basic Training, where you'll learn basic Soldiering skills, and seven weeks of Advanced Individual Training. Training consists of both classroom and field work.
- Paid training
- A monthly paycheck
- Montgomery GI Bill
- Federal and State tuition assistance
- Retirement benefits for part-time service
- Low-cost life insurance (up to $400,000 in coverage)
- 401(k)-type savings plan
- Student Loan Repayment Program (up to $50,000, for existing loans)
- Health care benefits available
- VA home loans
- Bonuses, if applicable
- Most non-prior service candidates will earn between $200 and $250 per drill weekend, subject to change
- Military enlistment in the Army National Guard
- Must be at least a junior in high school, or have a high school diploma or a GED certificate
- Must be between the ages of 17 and 35
- Must be able to pass a physical exam and meet legal and moral standards
- Must meet citizenship requirements (see NATIONALGUARD.com for details)
Requires military enlistment. Programs and benefits are subject to change. Ask your Army National Guard recruiter for the most up-to-date information. Actual MOS assignment may depend on MOS availability.
This position may qualify for a bonus, ask your National Guard recruiter for the most up-to-date information.