Each month throughout 2016, On Your Guard is spotlighting a “hot job.” What defines these featured jobs as “hot”? One all-important benchmark: the number of times people searched for it on the National Guard jobs board. Here’s what’s hot for February.
This military occupational specialty (MOS) stores supplies of all kinds, including food, medicine, weapons and ammunition, and gets these items where they need to go. A 92Y receives, inspects, invoices, ships, stores, and delivers goods – anything you can think of that the Guard might need, from paper clips to pillows to fresh produce. These logistics support professionals maintain inventory using automated systems, secure weapons and ammunition, and provide maintenance for weapons.
Attention to detail and accuracy are important in this job because documentation has to be properly prepared and organized. Unit Supply Specialists also must demonstrate a high degree of accountability and responsibility because they are entrusted with millions of dollars in government property.
Please see this video for an overview of how this job in logistics contributes to the Guard’s mission, and then read on for more information about training and benefits.
All new Guard recruits attend basic training for 10 weeks. That’s where you’ll learn the skills you need to be a Soldier. After that, it’s off to Advanced Individual Training for eight weeks in Fort Lee, Va., where you’ll spend time in the classroom and in the field learning all about the procedures you’ll need to know, and how to operate warehouse machinery, like a forklift, for your MOS.
One of the best things about the training you get from the Guard is that the skills you master in your military job translate to civilian careers. Logistics professionals are needed to work in warehouses run by the government and companies of all kinds, or in any kind of position that requires keeping track of inventory and fulfilling orders.
This is also a growing and financially lucrative field for logisticians who have a bachelor’s degree. The Bureau of Labor Statistics is forecasting that logistics jobs will experience “much faster than average growth,” increasing by 22 percent over a 10-year period by 2022. The median annual pay for logisticians in 2012 was $72,740, according to the Bureau.
Another great benefit of Guard service is that it’s a part-time commitment. That gives Soldiers the time, and, thanks to our great education benefits, the money they need to pursue a college degree or vocational training.