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Help and FAQs - Military to Civilian Occupation Translator


  1. What is the Military Transition tool and how do I use it?
  2. What is the Military Occupation Code (MOC) to Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) crosswalk?
  3. Where does the Military Occupation Code (MOC) to Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) crosswalk data come from?
  4. How do I use the military occupational keyword search?
  5. How are the military occupations grouped in the Military to Civilian Occupational Translator (MCOT)?
  6. How do I use the military occupational code search?
  7. What are the Military Occupational Codes (MOC)?
  8. What are the Standard Occupation Classification (SOC) codes?
  9. What should I do if I can't find the military occupation I am looking for in the menu search?
  10. How do I change the way the search results are sorted?


  1. What is the Military Transition tool and how do I use it?
    The Military Transition tool converts military occupational codes to related civilian standard occupational classification codes. Access the Military Transition tool from the Occupation Information interim page or the left hand navigation bar in Career InfoNet. Enter the required military occupational information and follow the instructions to search for related civilian occupations.

  2. What is the Military Occupation Code (MOC) to Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) crosswalk?
    The MOC to SOC crosswalk is a data table accessed by the Military Transition tool in Career OneStop. The table cross-references military occupational codes of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard with their related civilian Federal Standard Occupational Classification codes.

  3. Where does the Military Occupation Code (MOC) to Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) crosswalk data come from?
    The data is developed and maintained by the Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC) (http://www.dmdc.osd.mil/). Military occupation crosswalk information is supplemented by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Information Network (O*NET) (http://www.onetonline.org/crosswalk/MOC/).

  4. How do I use the military occupational keyword search?
    To perform a keyword search, enter the first three characters of a military occupation title in the keyword search box. The search will produce a list of military occupations matching your entry. Select a military occupation from the list and follow the instructions to find related civilian occupations. No search results will be returned if less than three characters are entered in the keyword box. Military occupation title matches are made on the beginning of words. For example, the keyword search "ART" would match "ARTIST" and "TEACHER, ART", but would not match "CARTOONIST".

  5. How are the military occupations grouped in the Military to Civilian Occupational Translator (MCOT)?
    CareerOneStop's military occupations are grouped by service branch (Air Force, Army, Marines Corps, Navy, and Coast Guard) and by whether the occupation is for enlisted service members, commissioned officers, or warrant officers.

  6. How do I use the military occupational code search?
    To perform a military code search, enter the first two characters of a military occupation code in the code search box. The search will produce a list of military occupations matching your entry. Select a military occupation from the list and follow the instructions to find related civilian occupations. No search results will be returned if less than two characters are entered in the code. Military occupation code matches are made on the beginning of codes. For example, the code search "4A" would match "4A031" and "4A291", but would not match "12A4A".

  7. What are the Military Occupational Codes (MOC)?
    The Military Occupational Codes (MOC) are a set of military codes established to classify military occupations. The codes can be sorted by branch of service and by whether the occupation is for enlisted service members, commissioned officers, or warrant officers.

  8. What are the Standard Occupation Classification (SOC) codes?
    The Standard Occupation Classification (SOC) codes are a standard set of codes used to classify civilian occupations. More than 820 occupations are grouped into broad occupations, major groups, and minor groups according to job duties, skills, education, and experience. The use of SOC codes simplifies the process that federal, state, and other agencies use to report information about occupations to each other. For more information about SOC codes, refer to the Bureau of Labor Statistics SOC webpage.

  9. What should I do if I can't find the military occupation I am looking for in the menu search?
    Use the Keyword Search or MOC Code Search to quickly find the occupation you are looking for. Type a keyword or military occupational code and select Search. Pick from the list of relevant occupation results.

  10. How do I change the way the search results are sorted?
    The search results can be sorted by code or title by using the 'Sort by...' links above the search results list box.


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