Warehousing and Distribution Specialists

Military Career

General Information

Description

Warehousing and distribution specialists oversee the receipt, storage, documentation, transport, and quality assurance of military supplies. They conduct inventory control using automated or manual methods, and they keep detailed records of the number and condition of supplies. They perform the critical job of maintaining and safeguarding items that are important to the success of military missions and to the health and wellbeing of military personnel.

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Work Environment

Warehousing and distribution specialists work in large general supply centers, small specialized supply rooms, or ship storerooms.

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Comparable Industries

  • Warehousing and Storage
  • Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods (4232, 4233, 4235, 4236, 4237, and 4239 only)
  • General Merchandise Stores
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Military Outlook

Service Branches

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  • Army
  • Marine Corps
  • Navy
  • Air Force
  • Coast Guard

Military Status

  • Enlisted
    • Hands-on/specialized
    • High school diploma required

Military Workforce

Warehousing and Distribution Specialists in the Military

47,777

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Salary

Average Salary

$51,285

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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • High school 79%
  • Less than high school 9%
  • Post-secondary certificate 5%
  • Bachelor's degree 3%
  • Some college 1%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Associate's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

Military training

All enlisted service members complete basic military training, which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field, and covers tactical and survival skills, physical training, military life and customs, and weapons training. Warehousing and distribution specialists in the Military will gain skills through classroom study and on-the-job experience. Job-specific training topics relate to handling and storing stock, and may include: Stock control and accounting proceduresProcedures for shipping, receiving, storing, and issuing stockProcedures for handling medical and food suppliesMovement, storage, and maintenance of ammunition

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Knowledge

  • Clerical
  • Production and Processing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Administration and Management
  • Computers and Electronics

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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