Monday, June 6, 2011

Vietnam -- Army Supply Specialist


  • Enlisted
  • Officer
  • Active Duty
  • Army Reserve
The right supplies, delivered at the right time, can ensure the safety of Army troops in the field. Maintaining and distributing the Army's large inventory of food, medicines, ammunition, spare parts and other supplies is an incredibly important job. The Unit Supply Specialist is an integral member of the Army's supply and warehousing specialist team.

The Unit Supply Specialist is primarily responsible for supervising or performing tasks involving the general upkeep and maintenance of all Army supplies and equipment. Some of your duties as a Unit Supply Specialist may include:
  • Receive, inspect, inventory, load, unload, segregate, store, issue, deliver and turns-in organization and installation supplies and equipment
  • Operate unit level computers
  • Prepare all unit/organizational supply documents
  • Maintain automated supply system for accounting of organizational and installation supplies and equipment
  • Issue and receive small arms. Secure and control weapons and ammunition in security areas
  • Schedule and perform preventive and organizational maintenance on weapons


Job training for a Unit Supply Specialist requires nine weeks of Basic Training, where you'll learn basic Soldiering skills, and eight weeks of Advanced Individual Training, including practice in handling and storing stock. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field. Some of the skills you'll learn are:
  • Stock control and accounting procedures
  • Procedures for shipping, receiving, storing and issuing stock
  • Procedures for handling medical and food supplies
  • Movement, storage and maintenance of ammunition
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Helpful Skills

Helpful attributes include:
  • An interest in mathematics, bookkeeping, accounting, business administration and/or typing
  • An ability to keep accurate records
  • A preference for physical work
  • An interest in operating forklifts and other warehouse equipment
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Advanced Responsibilities

Advanced level Unit Supply Specialist provides guidance, supervises and trains other Soldiers within the same discipline. As an advanced level Unit Supply Specialist, you may be involved in:
  • Inspect completed work for accuracy and compliance with established procedures
  • Coordinate supply activities
  • Review and annotate changes to unit material condition status report
  • Post transactions to organizational and installation property books and supporting transaction files
  • Determine method of obtaining relief from responsibility for lost, damaged and destroyed supply items
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Related Civilian Jobs

The skills you'll learn as a Unit Supply Specialist will help prepare you for a future as a stock control clerk, parts clerk or storekeeper with civilian factories, repair shops, department stores and government warehouses and stockrooms

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