Military Cargo Specialists

Military Career

General Information


Cargo specialists ensure service members all over the world receive needed supplies and are themselves transferred safely and efficiently to their destinations. They are responsible for transferring or supervising the transfer of cargo to and from air, land, and water transport by manual and mechanical methods. They also plan and organize loading schedules.

Explore this career outside the military

Work Environment

Cargo specialists work outdoors on loading docks and indoors in warehouses.

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
No Information for this section

Military Outlook

Service Branches

Jobs in this career field may be available in other service branches. Call or email a particular branch for more info.

Military Status

  • Enlisted
    • Hands-on/specialized
    • High school diploma required
  • Officer
    • Managerial/professional
    • College degree required

Military Workforce

Cargo Specialists in the Military


No Information for this section


Average Salary


No Information for this section


Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • High school 92%
  • Associate's degree 5%
  • Some college 1%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Bachelor's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%
  • Post-secondary certificate 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. Job training for cargo specialists consists of classroom and on-the-job instruction, including practice in cargo operations. Training content may include: Techniques for loading and storing cargoTechniques for planning and scheduling cargo shipmentsMethods for identifying, packing, storing, and transporting hazardous materialReceipt, identification, classification, and inventory of stockPackaging methods and proceduresOperation and care of forklifts, power winches, and cranes

Read More


  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Geography
  • Clerical
  • Transportation
  • 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
No Information for this section