Profession army major

Army majors command large units of officers and soldiers, supervise their training, and oversee their wellfare. They also supervise their administration, and equipment management.

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Knowledge

  • Military weaponry

    The types of arms used by different military organisations, such as army, navy or air force and in different nations worldwide; the weapons' aspects, damage potential and ways to defend against them.

  • Military combat techniques

    The fighting techniques specific to military operations, using military weapons and equipment, and the regulations concerning military combat actions.

  • Military drill

    The marching techniques and use of weapons, and other disciplinary methods applied in military operations.

  • Military code

    The code language used in specific intelligence or military organisations and operations, how to use and decipher them.

Skills

  • Give battle commands

    Give commands during a battle or similar confrontation with enemy units to guide the activities of the troops, ensuring the safety of the troops and success of the operation, and give these commands in a comprehensible manner compliant with guidelines, and in dangerous and stress situations.

  • Maintain operational communications

    Maintain communications between different departments of an organisation, between the staff, or during specific operations or missions, to ensure that the operation or mission is successful, or that the organisation functions smoothly.

  • Monitor military equipment use

    Monitor the use by military staff of specific military equipment to ensure that no unauthorised personnel gains access to specific types of equipment, that everyone handles the equipment according to regulations, and that it is only used in appropriate circumstances.

  • Advise superiors on military operations

    Advise on the strategic decisions made by superiors on deployment, mission tactics, resource allocation or other military operation specifics, to help superiors reach a better decision and to provide them with any relevant information for a military operation or functioning of the military organisations in general.

  • Delegate activities

    Delegate activities and tasks to others according to the ability, level of preparation, competence and legal scope of practice. Make sure that people understand what they should do and when they should do it.

  • Train military troops

    Train military troops or people in training to join the force in drill, combat techniques, weaponry, regulations, operation procedures, camouflage, and other military practices.

  • Manage troop deployment

    Manage the deployment of troops to areas in conflict, or in need of aid, and oversee the deployment procedures. Manage the deployment of the troops within an area for specific missions, and ensure the troops and resources are allocated to the missions in compliance with tactical considerations and safety of the troops.

Optional knowledge and skills

devise military tactics ensure equipment availability perform military operations write situation reports military logistics coordinate rescue missions coordinate humanitarian aid missions ensure compliance with types of weapons use geographic information systems test safety strategies surveillance methods geographic information systems manage staff lead military troops assist in military logistics coordinate patrols ensure information security manage administrative systems