Graves Registration Specialist

Collect and identify remains of deceased military personnel.
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Salary Range
$16,000 – $35,000

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What do Graves Registration Specialists do?

Collects and identifies remains of deceased military personnel, both buried and unburied, and evacuates bodies to rear area for burial activities: Searches battlefields and other areas for unburied dead and for isolated and unmarked graves. Exhumes bodies of buried dead. Examines immediate area for identification items, such as dog tags, watches, and similar personal effects, and transports remains and personal effects to rear area. Takes fingerprints, skeletal x rays, and prepares teeth chart to aid in identifying remains. Examines remains, removes personal effects, and records property inventory on designated forms. Records identity of remains including name, military unit, location, and cause and date of death. Indicates location of temporary graves on map, sketch, or overlay for purposes of future recovery.

Should I be a Graves Registration Specialist?

You should have an associate's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.

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