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.
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.
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.