Purchasing, Supply and Logistics
Posted on: May 14, 2022
ABOUT The success and safety of every mission depends on getting
needed supplies, materials and equipment at a moment's notice. The
service members of the Purchasing, Supply & Logistics community
make sure America's Navy has what it needs, when it needs it.
Officer positions in the Supply Corps are available to college
graduates, and Logistics Specialist (LS) positions are available to
those without a degree.
RESPONSIBILITIES Officer Role A four-year college degree is
required to become a Supply Officer. In this role, you will perform
executive-level duties in inventory control, financial management,
physical distribution systems, petroleum management, personnel
transportation, and other related areas. You might:
Analyze the demand for supplies and forecast future needs Manage
the inspection, shipping, handling, and packaging of supplies and
equipment Direct personnel who receive inventory and issue supplies
and equipment Evaluate bids and proposals submitted by potential
suppliers Study ways to use space and distribute supplies
efficiently Determine the fastest, most economic way to transport
cargo or personnel Oversee the handling of special items, such as
medicine and explosives Enlisted Role As a Logistics Specialist (no
college degree required), your efforts are crucial in delivering
what the Navy needs for mission success. Enlisted Sailors in the
Purchasing & Supply field may:
Keep fiscal records of a facility Order, store, check and issue
Naval aircraft and aeronautical equipment and accessories,
including flight gear Prepare inventory reports and correspondence
Keep official publications up to date Maintain financial logs and
records Operate computer systems that provide logistic support
information for submarine supplies and accounting functions
Organize and operate Navy post offices, ashore and afloat Work
under the supervision of a Supply Officer WORK ENVIRONMENT
Professionals in Navy purchasing, supply and logistics work in
offices, shore-based warehouses, air cargo terminals at naval air
stations and aboard ships. The diverse working locations provide an
excellent opportunity for expanding knowledge and skills in
inventory management, financial management, procurement and
TRAINING & ADVANCEMENT Officer Training Prospective Supply Officers
must first attend Officer Candidate School (OCS) in Newport, Rhode
Island. From there, Supply Officers attend Navy Supply School in
Newport, Rhode Island, for a 27-week Basic Qualification Course.
This course emphasizes problem solving in real shipboard situations
and provides training in inventory management, food and retail
operations, leadership, and management.
Prospective Officers may also receive specialized training in
transportation management, freight classifications, methods of
working with civilian and other service carriers, and special
handling of medicines and explosives.
Enlisted Training Enlisted Sailors pursuing a Logistics Specialist
role must first complete the 7-9 week Recruit Training (known as
Boot Camp). After that, they receive technical "A" school training
in Meridian, Miss., where they learn skills including automated
data processing systems, financial records and accounting systems,
and postal operations training.
For both Supply Officers and Logistics Specialists, promotion
opportunities are regularly available but are competitive and based
on performance. It's also important to note that specialized
training received and work experience gained in the course of
service can lead to valuable credentialing and occupational
opportunities in related fields.
EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES Officer Education Beyond professional
credentials and certifications, Supply Officers can advance their
Pursuing opportunities at institutions such as Naval Postgraduate
School (NPS) or Navy War College (NWC) Completing Joint
Professional Military Education (JPME) at one of the various
service colleges Enlisted Education Beyond offering access to
professional credentials and certifications, Logistics Specialist
training in the Navy can translate to credit hours toward a
bachelor's or associate degree through the American Council on
Education. You may also continue your education through
opportunities like the following:
Navy College Program and Tuition Assistance Post-9/11 GI Bill
QUALIFICATIONS & REQUIREMENTS Officer Qualifications This Officer
position requires at least a four-year degree. Degrees in business,
science, technology, engineering and mathematics are preferred but
not required. A graduate degree is preferred by not required.
Enlisted Qualifications A high-school diploma or equivalent is
required to become an Enlisted Sailor in the Logistics Specialist
field. Those seeking this position must be able to work well with
people in a customer service environment. Good arithmetic, verbal
and writing skills, as well as recordkeeping skills, are also very
General Qualifications All candidates must also be: U.S. citizens,
willing to serve worldwide, and qualified for sea duty.
General qualifications may vary depending upon whether you're
currently serving, whether you've served before or whether you've
never served before.
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