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Cargo Specialists

Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

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Work Environment

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

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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.

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.

Helpful Attributes

  • Interest in working with forklifts and cranes
  • Preference for physical work

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