Military Cargo Specialists

Military Career

General Information

Description

Cargo specialists ensure the safe and efficient transfer of supplies needed by service members worldwide. They are responsible for transferring, or supervising the transfer of, cargo to and from air, land, and water transport means by manual and mechanical methods. They also plan and organize loading schedules.

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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
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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

Military Workforce

Cargo Specialists in the Military

2,839

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Salary

Average Salary

$56,078

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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Bachelor's degree 30%
  • Some college 19%
  • Associate's degree 18%
  • Post-secondary certificate 18%
  • High school 12%
  • Less than high school 1%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral 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. 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

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Knowledge

  • Transportation
  • Geography
  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Public Safety and Security

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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