How to Become a Transportation Officer

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Transportation is a vital practice in the Armed Forces. Transportation officers are specially trained military service members that manage and perform tasks that ensure the safe transport of military personnel and cargo by air and water.


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What does a transportation officer do?

Transportation officers are high-ranking military personnel that are experts in the policies, procedures, systems, and vehicles that transport troops, supplies, equipment, and other cargo to a variety of locations for many different military tasks. They use a variety of vehicles such as trucks, tanks, airplanes, boats, and submarines. They control and coordinate the transportation operations for a variety of necessary tasks. They also organize the employment of transportation personnel at all command levels. Transportation officers provide essential service in times of conflict because they provide extremely quick support to military members that are on the front lines of combat.

What kind of training does a transportation officer need?

Transportation officers must have at least a bachelor degree. Many have a graduate degree. They must also complete officer training through Federal service academies depending on their branch of the Armed Forces. Many transportation officers complete Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) programs while completing their college education to gain practical military experience and remain competitive. Transportation officers must also pass a physical and medical examination. Transportation officers typically complete courses where they learn leadership skills, tactics, sea and air cargo transportation, maintenance and operational aspects of weapons and vehicles, and distribution synchronization. They also receive training related to the Deploying forces. Training typically takes place through classroom instruction and on the job training. Transportation officers often complete additional training throughout their careers to keep their skills up to date and stay abreast on advancements in the military field.

What are the prospects for a career as a transportation officer?

The employment of all jobs in the Armed Forces should remain constant from 2008 to 2018 (1). Recent conflicts may create increase job growth for military personnel.

Job prospects should be excellent especially for transportation officers with extensive experience and high ranking. Many job openings will arise from the need to replace transportation officers that retire, transfer, or leave the occupation

How much do transportation officers make?

As of December 2009, the average annual salary for transportation officers is $53,000; average annual transportation officer salaries vary greatly on location, branch of the military, education, experience, and benefits (2).

A career as a transportation office is a great choice for individuals with a strong desire to enter the military and provide necessary transportation services. Transportation officers must have a solid understanding of transportation policies and procedures for their branch of Armed Forces. Confidence, initiative, self-discipline, and good problem solving skills are essential characteristics. Transportation officers must also have excellent leadership skills and the ability to motivate others. They must be able to effectively work under stress and pressure and make decisions in a quick manner.

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