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Services Career Field

The Airman Services Career Field includes managing, supervising, and administering or operating appropriated and nonappropriated fund food facilities; transient and temporary lodging facilities; fitness and recreation programs and facilities; mortuary affairs administration; operational support; training and supervising search and recovery teams; training, scheduling, and overseeing installation honor guard team; training and advising unit fitness managers in fitness evaluation procedures and conducting fitness improvement training programs; selecting, procuring, and controlling equipment and supplies; providing lodging, feeding, and recreation services in fixed and bare base facilities; providing liaison support to the Defense Commissary Agency and the Army and Air Force Exchange Service; performing quality assurance functions when areas of responsibility are performed by contract; operating and administering information management systems used to support functional responsibilities; and providing direction for other essential community services by planning and conducting surveys to determine interests and attitudes of the military population and their dependents.

The Airman Services Career Field is a contingency-related field. Personnel serving in this career field may participate in recovery operations as a result of natural and manmade disasters. Also, they may be subject to deployment and employment in hostile environments created by terrorism, sabotage, or chemical, biological, or conventional warfare. Personnel should have knowledge of and proficiency using specialized equipment and procedures required to provide food, shelter, laundry, first aid, field sanitation and hygiene, mortuary service, recreation, and physical fitness to deployed forces.

1. Specialty Summary. Manages and directs services programs, operations, and retail operations. Supervises and works in appropriated fund (APF) food service activities; lodging activities; recreation, fitness, and sports programs; linen exchange and laundry operations; mortuary affairs programs; honor guard teams; and services readiness programs. Operates and supervises automated information management systems. Related DoD Occupational Subgroups: 180000.

2. Duties and Responsibilities:

2.1. Manages services operations. Improves work methods and procedures to ensure economic operation and customer satisfaction. Resolves complaints. Applies accounting principles to control resources. Determines appropriated and nonappropriated fund (NAF) budget requirements. Requisitions and accounts for subsistence, supplies, and equipment needed to support services programs. Identifies facility requirements and conducts surveys to determine facility renovation, construction, and modernization needs. Develops capital expenditures programs for NAF and APF for services facilities. Establishes equipment layout, and operating and maintenance procedures. Manages NAF and APF accounts. Maintains close liaison with commanders and unit fitness managers on the Air Force Fitness Program. Operates and supervises automated accounting, requisitioning, and reporting systems. Establishes and supervises bare base facilities that provide food, fitness, lodging, sports management, recreation, laundry, mortuary services, and field exchange operations to deployed personnel.

2.2. Inspects and evaluates services activities. Determines effectiveness of service and retail operation programs by analyzing accomplishments with planned program standards and goals. Ensures storage facilities and procedures adequately safeguard subsistence, equipment, and supplies. Performs quality assurance evaluation duties for contract services. Analyzes inspection findings and takes corrective action.

2.3. Performs services functions. Operates fixed, bare base, and portable food facilities and equipment. Plans, prepares, and adjusts menus. Determines resource availability, pricing, and merchandise trends. Establishes resale merchandise prices, inventory levels, and safeguarding procedures. Maintains liaison with civilian industry to keep abreast of current trends, product development, and improved customer service techniques. Ascertains occupancy status, and determines and certifies nonavailability of transient quarters. Trains unit fitness monitors to conduct unit fitness evaluations. Explains concepts of fitness requirements. Explains and demonstrates proper conditioning procedures, weight training, and aerobic equipment techniques. Promotes physical fitness participation. Works technical mortuary functions such as supervising teams for the search and recovery of human remains. Arranges for transporting and disposition of remains. Ensures mortuary entitlements, escorts, and military honors are arranged. Establishes and maintains mortuary case files.

3. Specialty Qualifications:

3.1. Knowledge. Knowledge is mandatory of: accounting procedures; management principles; merchandising; marketing; customer service; automated information systems; use of business machines; food service facility operations; subsistence management; requisition and issue procedures; menu planning; lodging operations; fitness, sports, and recreation program development; personnel management; APF and NAF budgetary sources and processes; facility and equipment maintenance procedures; basic business administration concepts; NAF procedures; retail operations; responsibilities for mortuary affairs, and search and recovery procedures; responsibilities for lost, damaged, stolen, or destroyed property; and operation of services readiness units.

3.2. Education. For entry into this specialty, completion of high school with courses in business arithmetic, accounting, computers, home economics, physical education, and typing is desirable.

3.3. Training. For award of AFSC 3M031, completion of the basic services course is mandatory.

3.4. Experience. The following experience is mandatory for award of AFSC indicated:

3.4.1. 3M051. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 3M031. Also, experience in functions such as preparing, cooking, baking, presenting, and serving food; instructing, coaching, officiating, or directing athletic activities; planning, organizing, and conducting recreation programs; securing supplies, facilities, and performers; proper use and maintenance of recreation supplies and equipment; retail operations; or subsistence functions.

3.4.2. 3M071. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 3M051. Also, experience performing or supervising food service functions or food preparation, lodging operations, managing fitness and sports programs and activities, and recreation operations and programs.

3.4.3. 3M091. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 3M071. Also, experience managing and operating services programs such as food service, fitness and sports, readiness and mortuary, and lodging.

3.5. Other. The following are mandatory as indicated:

3.5.1. The following are mandatory for entry: No record of disciplinary action for financial irresponsibility, shoplifting, larceny, petty larceny, or theft.

3.5.2. The following are mandatory for entry, award, and retention of these AFSCs: Ability to speak distinctly. Never been convicted by courts-martial. Never been convicted and sentenced to confinement by a civilian court.