Naval Supply Officer

U.S. Navy - United States (30+ days ago)4.4


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.

What to Expect
Logistics Specialist

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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
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 warehouse management.

Serving part-time as a Reservist, your duties will be carried out during your scheduled drilling and training periods. During monthly drilling, Navy Flight Support personnel in the Navy Reserve typically work at a location close to their homes.

For Annual Training, Supply Officers and Enlisted Sailors may serve anywhere in the world, whether on a ship at sea or bases and installations on shore.

Take a moment to learn more about the general roles and responsibilities of Reservists.

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.

Most of what you do in the Navy Reserve is considered training. The basic Navy Reserve commitment involves training a minimum of one weekend a month (referred to as drilling) and two weeks a year (referred to as Annual Training) – or the equivalent of that.

Officer Reservists

Supply Officers in the Navy Reserve serve in an Officer role. Before receiving the ongoing professional training that comes with this job, initial training requirements must be met.

For current or former Navy Officers (NAVET): Prior experience satisfies the initial leadership training requirement – so you will not need to go through Officer Training again.

For current or former Officers of military branches other than the Navy (OSVET), as well as for Officer candidates without prior military experience: You will need to meet the initial leadership training requirement by attending the 12-day Direct Commission Officer (DCO)School in Newport, R.I. This will count as your first Annual Training.

Enlisted Reservists

Before Enlisted Sailors can receive the ongoing professional training that comes with the job, initial training requirements must be met.

For current or former military Enlisted servicemembers: Prior experience satisfies the initial Recruit Training requirement – so you will not need to go through Boot Camp again.

For those without prior military experience: You will need to meet the initial Recruit Training requirement by attending Boot Camp for seven to nine weeks in Great Lakes, Ill. This training course will prepare you for service in the Navy Reserve and count as your first Annual Training.

Education Opportunities
Officer Education

Beyond professional credentials and certifications, Supply Officers can advance their education by:

Participating in the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Degree Network System (SOC DNS)
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:

Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Degree Network System (SOC DNS)
Navy College Program and Tuition Assistance
Post-9/11 GI Bill
Officer Education

Beyond professional credentials and certifications, Supply Officers can advance their education by:

Participating in the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Degree Network System (SOC DNS)
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:

Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Degree Network System (SOC DNS)
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 important.

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.

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 important.

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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