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    Career Fields & Profiles

    Career Fields & Profiles

    Choosing a career in the Military takes careful consideration. Below, start exploring our Career Fields & Profiles section to find jobs that fit your skill set and interests. Each page includes that field's typical careers, required training, daily responsibilities and associated civilian careers. Additionally, be sure to check out our career profiles for a personal look from a service member at day-to-day life in that field.

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Career Field: Transportation, Supply & Logistics (Officer)

In order for the Military to operate successfully, the proper materials, equipment and people need to be in the right place at the right time. Transportation, Supply and Logistics officers make sure that necessary supplies, personnel and services are available on base and abroad according to military plans. Strong organizational skills are essential in this field, as is strict attention to detail.

Related Career Field: Transportation, Supply & Logistics (Enlisted)
Useful Fields of Study
Logistics, Statistics, Business and Management
Helpful Attributes
Skill at delegating work, Attention to detail, Working well under tight schedules

Transportation, Supply and Logistics officers make sure that necessary supplies, personnel and services are available on base and abroad according to military plans. 

Possible Military Careers
Logistician, Store Manager, Supply and Warehousing Manager, Transportation Manager, Transportation Maintenance Manager, Comptroller, Supply and Logistics Officer, Supply Officer

Learn more about the Transportation, Supply & Logistics Field (Officer)
  • Possible Responsibilities

      • Negotiate and buy goods and services
      • Predict and solve logistical problems
      • Supervise the inspection, care and testing of products
      • Analyze the demand for supplies and forecast future needs
      • Evaluate bids and proposals submitted by potential suppliers
      • Set work schedules for repair shop staff
      • Direct the packing and crating of cargo
  • Training Provided

    • Job training consists of classroom instruction. Sample courses include:

      • Resource Allocation
      • Accounting and Record Keeping
      • Budget Management
      • Handling and Packaging Procedures
      • Freight Classifications
  • Possible Military Careers

      • Logistician
      • Store Manager
      • Supply and Warehousing Manager
      • Transportation Manager
      • Transportation Maintenance Manager
      • Comptroller
      • Supply and Logistics Officer - View Profile
      • Supply Officer - View Profile
  • Possible Civilian Careers

      • Logistician
      • Transportation Manager
      • Store Manager
      • Maintenance Superintendent
  • Officer Career Resources

    Officer Comissioning Process

    Take a look at the multiple ways to become a Military officer.

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    View answers to commonly asked questions about the Military.

    The Next Step: Living

    The Next Step: Living

    It's not all about work in the Military. Learn about the benefits service members receive and what they do when off duty.

Career Field: Transportation, Supply & Logistics (Enlisted)

In the Military, supplies and equipment to support troops are shipped and exchanged regularly. Transportation, Supply and Logistics enlisted personnel facilitate such transfers through organizing loading schedules, fueling and driving delivery vehicles, assisting passenger travel and operating retail stores that sell needed goods. These service members make sure the right supplies are in the right place at the right time — no small feat in an organization the size of the Military.

Related Career Field: Transportation, Supply & Logistics (Officer)
Useful Fields of Study
Driver Education, Shop Mechanics, Algebra and General Mathematics
Helpful Attributes
Interest in working with machines and equipment, Following instructions well, Being comfortable reading maps, Enjoying physical work, Good attention to detail

In the Military, supplies and equipment to support troops are shipped and exchanged regularly. Transportation, Supply and Logistics enlisted personnel facilitate such transfers.

Possible Military Careers
Cargo Specialist, Company Convoy Commander, Logistics Specialist, Petroleum Supply Specialist, Preventative Maintenance Analyst, Sales Specialist, Stock Specialist, Storekeeper, Transportation Specialist, Vehicle Driver, Warehousing and Distribution Specialist

Learn more about the Transportation, Supply & Logistics Field (Enlisted)
  • Possible Responsibilities

      • Determine transportation and shipping routes
      • Load supplies onto trucks, planes and railroad cars
      • Check the volume and temperature of petroleum in tankers and barges
      • Prepare charts and reports on maintenance activities
      • Price retail sales items
      • Drive vehicles over all types of roads
  • Training Provided

    • Job training consists of classroom instruction, including some further onsite training. Sample courses include:

      • Techniques for Loading and Storing Cargo
      • Testing Oils and Fuels
      • Parts and Supply Inventory Control Procedures
      • Analysis of Transportation Documents
      • Basic Vehicle Maintenance
  • Possible Military Careers

      • Cargo Specialist
      • Company Convoy Commander - View Profile
      • Logistics Specialist - View Profile
      • Petroleum Supply Specialist
      • Preventative Maintenance Analyst
      • Sales Specialist
      • Stock Specialist - View Video
      • Storekeeper - View Profile
      • Transportation Specialist
      • Vehicle Driver
      • Warehousing and Distribution Specialist
  • Possible Civilian Careers

      • Industrial Truck Operator
      • Sales Clerk
      • Truck Driver
      • Travel Agent
  • Enlisted Career Resources

    Enlistment Process

    What you need to know about enlisting in the Military.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    View answers to commonly asked questions about the Military.

    The Next Step: Living

    The Next Step: Living

    It's not all about work in the Military. Learn about the benefits service members receive and what they do when off duty.