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Military Transportation Managers

Military Career

General Information


Transportation managers oversee all procedures related to the movement of military-related personnel and material. They plan and coordinate all functions involved in the successful movement of material, personnel, or personal property via water, air, highway, rail, and multi-modal transport systems. They direct procurement efforts and assess transportation capabilities.

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Work Environment

Transportation managers work in cargo and passenger terminals and depots.

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

  • Transportation, Distribution & Logistics
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Military Outlook

Service Branches

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Military Status

  • Officer
    • Managerial/professional
    • College degree required

Military Workforce

Transportation Managers in the Military


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Salary Information

Median Military Salary This is the median, or the midpoint, of the salary range for this career.


Military Salary Range Salary varies based on years of service, degree level, special pays, family status and location. Learn more about Military benefits.

$22,627 - $502,205

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Military training

Officers typically enter the Military after they have completed a four-year college degree; enlisted service members can transition to officer positions through a variety of pathways and earn a degree while serving. Training length varies depending on specialty. For example, job training for transportation officers requires completion of the Transportation Basic Officer Leader Course, where they learn leadership skills, tactics, maintenance and operational aspects of weapons and vehicles. Like other officers, all transportation managers also complete a comprehensive training program covering responsibilities, military structure and etiquette, traditions, and leadership development. Transportation managers in the Military will gain skills through classes and on-the-job experience. Job-specific training topics relate to transportation management, and may include: Ways to work with civilian and other military service carriersFreight classificationsApplicable military policies and federal/local lawsHandling of special items, such as medicine and explosives

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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


  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Administration and Management
  • Transportation
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Mathematics

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