U.S. Army Finance Officer

Financial Management is one of the United States Army’s basic branches.

The finance corps traces its origins to 1775 when the continental congress created a paymaster general to pay soldiers and to report on all military financial matters today’s corps supports the army by managing its budget dispersing funds for goods and services in support of operational missions and providing pay analysis for both the active and reserve components

Financial management officers are experts they lead organizations that provide world-class financial management to army units both in peacetime and during global contingency operations junior financial management officers can expect to serve as commanders and staff members in financial management units providing a full range of financial services to other

Operational units they are assigned to support this includes banking and disbursing operations military pay assistance and accounting and cost management as they approach mid-career financial management officers are afforded graduate educational opportunities to deepen their finance and budgeting expertise preparing them to plan program and execute the army’s vast

And complex budget financial management officers possess a special blend of skills knowledge and behaviors their unique talents help them to succeed in any mission domain specific education many financial management officers possess degrees in accounting finance economics and information systems while these are critical the branch seeks expertise in other areas as

Well my undergraduate education has certainly helped me as a financial management officer because i had those basic rules of accounting knowing that i had a firm foundation in accounting and financial management made learning those things in the army context that much easier having a accounting or business background definitely helps you in the finance branch but

Really at the end of the day you are an officer and you’re a leader and manager of resources and soldiers logical analytical financial management officers routinely decide how best to employ the army’s financial resources masters of solving complex problems they maximize the value of every dollar particularly during periods of fiscal austerity it’s important for a

Financial manager to be a logical and analytical thinker if you have kind of that logical analytical understanding then it’s it’s easier to think about the impacts that a decision involving money the use of money as a resource is going to have on the organization as a financial manager first order effects are never going to surprise you it’s always the second and

Third order effects process disciplined financial management officers diligently abide by established procedures that are designed to ensure accuracy and effectiveness particularly as they track how the army executes its budget finance officers and in what we do operationally are governed by regulations by law by appropriations passed into law by congress to

Spend the taxpayer dollar we are often working with very large amounts of money and you have to be able to account for that money down to a penny so if you don’t have good process it’s very easy to lose accountability we have that responsibility to be accurate all the time detail focused financial management officers are thorough and perceptive their precision in

Operating the army’s budget ensures the strictest accountability and accuracy in all financial matters it is very important for finance officers to be detailed focused because we are accountable for every single penny of sometimes you know nine ten million dollars financial management officers are held to a standard of strict accountability and we’re pecuniarily

Liable for every payment we make that requires quite a bit of focus to detail to make sure that all of the requirements whether it’s regulatory or legal have been accomplished before you actually commit you know a u.s dollar anything but complete precision is just unacceptable in our branch it’s that attention of detail that makes the difference communicator

Financial management officers are precise efficient and compelling communicators whether providing sound advice to commanders or interacting with their primary customers soldiers and civilians alike i think the financial manager’s ability to be of an effective written and an oral communicator is is is extremely important you have to have good communication skills

Because you have to be able to understand the audience you’re talking to and then effectively convey your commander’s intent so you communicate with the commander tell him or her what the what you could do for them you communicate with soldiers our customers our daily customers to help them solve their finance issues as a finance officer in a command position

It’s important to communicate because you’re leading soldiers project manager financial management officers routinely develop tasks and work processes identify and delegate responsibilities and lead their teams to desired outcomes we had to figure out the best way to use our resources to meet the needs of customers soldiers units commanders and individuals it’s

Our job to do our mission analysis to look at the problem to look at the capability that he or she needs and to figure out a legal proper and correct way to do that the important thing is to think of how can i most effectively employ my limited resources of my finance detachments to meet the needs of my customer which in the case is a bct commander and all of his

Soldiers i went to school at the united states military academy i went to the university of notre dame i went to school at the university of maine i majored in finance and business economics i majored in accounting i majored in engineering management as a lieutenant and as a captain you’re oftentimes placed with direct responsibility for disbursing u.s taxpayer

Dollars you are there to fill a role that no one else in that command has the skill sets to do and that’s manage the commander’s money when i was assigned as a second lieutenant vicenza italy i was immediately given responsibility of the cash operation there so i became a bank manager at the age of 22. there’s a big focus on customer service whether it is the

Soldiers whether it is other commanders whether it is um contractors or other individuals that you have to work with it’s you know rucksack full of cash on the battlefield and what do we need to buy how much is it going to cost and how do we get the money where it needs to be you get such a variety of personalities and varieties of just how people view problems

And situations so it’s very unique and it’s very rewarding you’re exposed to senior leaders at a very early stage in your career the experience as a finance officer thinking like an economist in many cases brings a new perspective to solving the problem the traits you learn and finance and being a financial management officer will serve you very well in your future

We’re very small branch we’re like a family you

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U.S. Army Finance Officer By U.S. Army Talent Management