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Combat Support Officer ... (Military - Officer)  What They Do

Just the Facts


Combat mission support officers ensure that everything is in the right place at the right time during military operations. They provide battle management from specialized aircraft, ground locations, and ships. Combat mission support officers normally specialize according to their area of expertise.

This career is part of the Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security cluster Security and Protective Services pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Develops plans, policies, and procedures for battle management.
  • Trains, establishes standards, and conducts evaluations of unit personnel.
  • Advises commanders of ground, air, and naval units on deployment of combat forces.
  • Assists in the planning and execution of combat operations.
  • Directs the movement of resources within the combat zone.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposed to conditions such as high voltage electricity, combustibles, explosives, and chemicals more than once a month
  • Exposed to hazardous situations involving possible injury such as cuts, bites, stings, and minor burns more than once a month
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Identifying color and seeing differences in color, including shades and brightness
  • Moving the arms, legs and torso together when the whole body is in motion
  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Exerting oneself physically over long periods of time without getting out of breath

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Overnight travel
  • Overtime work
  • Weekend work